Gary Schweikhart, board president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theatre & Arts Honors, announced that the 45th annual awards—the first live ceremony since 2019—attracted nearly 500 theater activists and enthusiasts celebrating the most diverse groups of talented nominees and winners.

Outstanding New Work, Winner Papa Cuatro, by Juan Souki – Miami New Drama
Outstanding Production Musical Winner: Beauty and the Beast by Area Stage
Outstanding Production Play Winner: Intimate Apparel by Palm Beach Dramaworks

From 20 competitive categories, Miami New Drama was the winner in seven (three for Papá Cuatro,and two each for A Wonderful World and The Cuban Vote). Area Stage earned four Carbonell Awards for Beauty and The Beast, and Slow Burn Theatre Company picked up three for Head Over Heels, Kinky Boots and Matilda. In addition there were five special Awards presented to living theatre and arts legends. See more at

Photos: Gregory Reed

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