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The Omaha Community Playhouse's “The Wizard of Oz” and SNAP Productions' “Next to Normal” lead the performing arts nominations for the 2012-13 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, unveiled Monday night at House of Loom.
Tops in music categories are Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Dominique Morgan, while visual arts nominees are led by Jamie Burmeister, Ying Zhu, Michael Tegland and the RNG Gallery.
The nominations, chosen by a combination of online voting and juried panels in each area, were finalized last week. Eligible work was presented between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Select panels will choose the winners in each area, and the awards will be presented Feb. 16.
“The Wizard of Oz” totaled eight nominations, including musical, director and five members of the cast. “Next to Normal,” a musical about bipolar disorder's affect on a family, earned six nominations, including musical, director and four cast members.
Other best-musical nominees included the Playhouse's “Legally Blonde,” with five total nominations; the Playhouse's “Evil Dead: the Musical,” with four; the Lofte Community Theatre's “The Producers,” with four; and the Chanticleer's “A Little Night Music,” with three.
SNAP's “Other Desert Cities,” a show about family secrets, was the top draw among dramas, with five nominations. The Blue Barn Theatre's “Red,” about artist Mark Rothko; the Playhouse's “Recommended Reading for Girls,” an original family drama; and the Circle Theatre's “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” each drew four nominations.
Four comedies earned four nominations each: Nebraska Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” SNAP's “Clybourne Park,” the Blue Barn's “The 39 Steps” and the Shelterbelt's original script, “Psycho Ex-Girlfriend.”
In music, “Purveyors of the Conscious Sound” snagged nominations for album of the year (“Lifers 2”), artist of the year and best hip-hop/rap. Dominique Morgan was nominated for album of the year (“Love Chronicles”), artist of the year and best rhythm and blues/soul.
Album of the year nominees who also scored in a second category are Travelling Mercies (“Motel”), Big Harp (“Chain Letters”), Jake Bellows (“New Ocean”), Narcotic Self (“Erase Me”) and Matt Whipkey (“Penny Park”).
Double nominees among the artist of the year field were Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Rock Paper Dynamite and Matt Whipkey. New-artist nominees The Decatures and shooK on3 were also double nominees.
Simon Joyner's “Ghosts” was an album of the year nominee. Others tapped for artist of the year were Kris Lager Band and Universe Contest. New artist nominees include Artillery Funk, Twinsmith, John Larsen and the Sub-Vectors.
In visual arts, Jamie Burmeister is a nominee for best visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist, solo show (“Prime,” Gallery of Art and Design) and public art (Gifford Park).
Two artists earned four nominations each. Ying Zhu was chosen for visual artist, new-media artist, 3-D artist and solo show (“No Strings Attached,” RNG Gallery). Michael Tegland was nominated for visual artist, emerging artist, 2-D artist and two-person show (“Cool Abstractions” with Gary Day at Modern Arts Midtown).
Triple nominees were Mary Zicafoose (visual artist, 2-D artist, solo show at Gallery 72) and Freddy Rincon (emerging artist, 2-D artist, solo show at RNG Gallery).
RNG received two nods for group show, two for solo show and one for two-person show.
Other nominees for best visual artist are Tim Guthrie and Colin Smith. Emerging-artist nominees include Megan Boylan, Jamie Hardy, Weston Thomson and Edwin Carter Weitz.