“Cursed Child” Bags Nomination in 36th Artios Awards for Casting Directors
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues its streak of picking up nominations at almost every theater awards ceremony with its latest nomination in the 36th Artios Awards. Held annually by the Casting Society of America (CSA), they honor the contributions of casting directors across film, television, theater, and short-form projects.
Jim Carnahan, CSA, and Alexandre Bleau, CSA, are nominated in the Regional Theater – Play category for their work in assembling the cast of Cursed Child. The San Francisco company has received much praise for its outstanding performances, so it is only fitting that the casting directors get to take a bow for their hard work and bold choices (several actors have made their stage debuts with this Harry Potter cast).
The Curran Theatre play stars Benjamin Papac as Albus Potter and Jon Steiger as Scorpius Malfoy, with John Skelley, David Abeles, and Yanna Mcintosh portraying Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively.
Aside from Cursed Child, Carnahan leads the theater pack with an impressive seven nominations across multiple categories. He is recognized not only in the Live Television Performance, Variety or Sketch Comedy category for his involvement in the Netflix special John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch but also in both the New York Broadway Theatre – Musical and New York Theatre – Musical categories for Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors, respectively. Most importantly, all three nominated plays in the New York Broadway Theatre – Revival category are productions of Carnahan’s: A Soldier’s Play, Betrayal, and The Rose Tattoo. The artistic producer of Roundabout Theatre Company has had a remarkably busy season, and he is definitely getting his well-deserved credit for it.
Since voting is only conducted among members of the CSA, Cursed Child fans will have to eagerly await the virtual ceremony on April 15, 2021. We wish Jim Carnahan and Alexandre Bleau some Felix Felicis luck in the voting process!