Ensemble's 'Buddy Holly Story' nominated for five Suzi Awards

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ROSWELL – Last spring’s production of “The Buddy Holly Story” is probably the greatest hit ever at Georgia Ensemble Theatre with North Fulton audiences, and now it seems to be as big a hit with its theater peers as well.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s “Buddy” was nominated for five Suzi Bass Awards.

The Suzi Awards are Atlanta’s version of the Tony Awards; they celebrate excellence in Metro Atlanta’s professional theater community. They are named for long-time Atlanta actress Suzi Bass.

Suzi Awards Executive Director Deadra Moore announced nominations in 20 categories honoring theaters for the 2008-2009 Atlanta professional theatrical season. The awards will be announced in November.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” received nominations in the categories of Best Production – Musical, Best Director – Musical, Lead Actor – Musical, Featured Actor – Musical and Featured Actress - Musical.

“Buddy” was the show-stopping season closer in Spring of 2009 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. The production has received enormous critical acclaim and broke all box office records for the north metro professional theater. Due to its extraordinary success, “Buddy” will be remounted for encore performances during the Summer of 2010 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown Atlanta.

GET Artistic Director Robert J. Farley was nominated as Best Director – Musical for “Buddy.” Farley also directed Best Play Nominee “A Man for All Seasons,” which was produced at Theatre in the Square in Marietta.

Rob Lawhon was nominated as Best Actor – Musical for his tour-de-force performance as the title character of Buddy Holly.

Ricardo Aponte was nominated as Best Featured Actor – Musical for his high-energy role as Ritchie Valens in “Buddy.” And Bethany Irby was nominated as Best Featured Actress – Musical for her multiple roles (Vi Petty and others) in “Buddy.”

“I’m delighted, of course, that they recognized us with so many nominations in a single category,” said Farley. “That will help us a great deal when we remount the play at the 14th Street Theatre next May and June with the original cast.”

Roswell