Sonoma Arts Live actress wins Bay area award

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Daniela Innocenti Beem, who played Madame Rose in last summer’s production of “Gypsy,” has won a San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle award for Best Principal Actress in a musical.

“Gypsy” director Michael Ross, “Evita” director Lauren Miller, business manager Rick Love and executive artistic director Jaime Love were in attendance at the 42nd Annual Excellence in Theater Awards for 2017 at the historic Victoria Theater in San Francisco on Monday, March 26.

Sonoma Arts Live was nominated for three awards: Best Solo Production (“Ann,” starring Libby Villari) and two Best Principal Actresses in a Musical for Ellen Toscano (“Evita!”) and Daniela Innocenti Beem (“Gypsy”).

“As you often hear at award ceremonies, it truly is an honor just to be nominated,” said Beem, who did not attend as she was in rehearsals for her current show, “Scream Queens” at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa. “To win, now that’s the icing on the cake.”

“We are so proud our productions were nominated alongside such prestigious companies as the Hillbarn in San Jose, A.C.T and Marin Theater Company,” added Love, who accepted on Beem’s behalf.

Sonoma Arts Live will be announcing its full 2018-2019 season later this spring, but confirms that “Hello, Dolly!” with Daniela Innocenti Beem in the title role will open the Sonoma Arts Live season Oct. 5 in Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center.

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