Photos by Carol Porter
The first in person Carbonell Awards, celebrating the 2021-2022 Theater Season were held on Monday, November 7, at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. Awards were presented in twenty Competitive Categories and nine theater and arts legends were honored. The honorees hailed from Broward, Miami/Dade and Palm Beach counties. At this year’s event, 126 different nominations in 20 competitive categories were shared by 98 talented people, 36 extraordinary productions, and 16 South Florida theaters. Winners were determined by a diverse group of 30 experienced judges.
Produced by Fantel Music, the theme of this year’s Carbonell Awards ceremony was community and Inclusion, representing all of South Florida’s talented theater professionals, both onstage and backstage, and was a delight to everyone who attended. Musical performances and clips from nominated and winning shows were also shown on the stage. The ceremony was a breath of fresh air for all attendees and showcased the best in South Florida theater.
The ceremony was emceed by three talented co-hosts: Miami-based theater, film and TV actor Daniel Llaca; actor, singer and director Geoff Short, board president of the Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts and board secretary of the Carbonell Awards; and Carbonell board member Avery Sommers, award-winning Broadway, movie and TV veteran and cabaret headliner.
Sponsors of the 45th Annual Carbonell Awards included the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Carbonell Sculptures Ltd., Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, John Knox Village, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, The Dennis C. Moss Center (formerly The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center), Punchline Productions, South Florida Theatre League, and Donald R. Walters, P.A.