In deference to famed stage performer, Broadway actress, theatrical producer and educator Jan McArt, who passed away last year, the 45th annual presentation of the Carbonell Awards for acting excellence has been rescheduled so it will not interfere with one of Ms. McArt’s upcoming productions.
“The awards ceremony was moved up one week so it wouldn’t conflict with the ‘Celebration of Life’ for the much-loved actress and producer Jan McArt,” said Jeff Kiltie, president of the Carbonell Awards board.
“Widely hailed as the ‘First Lady of Florida’s Musical Theater,’ Jan’s career ranged from opera, Broadway, concerts and TV before she established Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theatre and Jan’s Rooftop Cabaret Theatre,” he added.
“Not only was she an early recipient of the Carbonell’s prestigious ‘George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts,’ Jan received the Carbonell Best Actress Award for her performance in Nightclub Confidential, and her various productions garnered an astounding 278 different Carbonell Award nominations.”
The theatrical honors – presented annually to outstanding theater performers at venues in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties – have been moved to Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place in Lauderhill, Florida.
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
More than 20 professional theater companies in the three counties participate in the awards and also celebrate the accomplishments of local artistic leaders by presenting several special honors.
“Jan McArt’s Celebration of Life” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, where Jan was director of Theatre Arts Program Development. She also produced Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn Theatre Season, the Live at Lynn American Songbook series and the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret at Lincoln Center Comes to Live at Lynn series, Elaine’s annual musical treat.
Also, for many years, Jan produced a series of New Play Readings at Lynn which helped launch the careers of several fledgling playwrights and drew well-known performers from throughout the tri-county region to the Wold Center stage.
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“My mom was so proud of her Carbonell Awards and nominations,” said Jan McArt’s daughter, Deborah Lahr Lawlor. “I am beyond grateful for the generosity of spirit that move the Carbonell Board of Directors to reschedule their awards date. We look forward to celebrating my mother’s incredible journey together with her theatre family.”
Jan McArt, famed stage performer, Broadway actress, theater operator and educator who passed away in early 2021