The Davis Musical Theatre Company was the big winner at the 30th annual Elly Awards on Sunday, taking home the award for the best musical for last fall’s spectacular production of “Chicago.”
It was DMTC’s sixth win for overall production. The company took home the award for “Sweeney Todd” in 1985, for “Follies” in 1989, for both “Joseph and the Amazing Technicholor Dreamcoat” and “The Secret Garden” in 1997, and for “Annie” in 1999.
“We hadn’t won for 13 years,” said Steve Isaacson, who also won the award for musical direction for “Chicago.” “I was shocked.”
His last award for direction was 25 years ago, 1987′s “My Fair Lady,” when the DMTC orchestra consisted of just three instruments. The current 14-piece DMTC orchestra was the on-stage orchestra for the award ceremony at the Crest Theater.
“It’s very cool to win for ‘Chicago’ and have your entire orchestra on stage standing up to congratulate you before you ever get handed your award,” he said.
In addition to the 14 musicians, a group of 10 DMTC members was on hand to attend the awards ceremony.
“Everyone’s a family in DMTC,” said Isaacson, warmly.
When he returned home after the ceremonies, Isaacson sent an email to his contact at Samuel French, the company that holds the copyright for “Chicago.”
“At 6:40 the next morning, I got a return email from Sarah congratulating me on our win and asking for pictures to put on their Facebook page,” Isaacson said.
Named for Eleanor McClatchy, a devoted patron of the arts and former publisher of the Sacramento Bee, the Elly Awards celebrate excellence in Sacramento regional community theater.