The awards celebrating excellence in Off-Broadway theatre will be handed out May 3 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Nominees were announced late April 5. For more information, visit www.LortelAwards.com.
A new category was announced this year: Outstanding Solo Show. The nominees are I Am My Own Wife, Sarah Jones: bridge & tunnel and Women on Fire. Wife just won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Frozen is expected to trasfer to Broadway before the season's out. It's competitors, aside from the closed Valhalla, include Tracy Letts' praised Bug, Paula Vogel's critical hit The Long Christmas Ride Home and Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy. Missing was Lisa Loomer's well received Living Out, though the play did net two acting nominations.
Each member in the three-person cast of Frozen was nominated for an acting award.
In the Outstanding Musical category, Caroline, or Change, due on Broadway, stands alone. Kathleen Chalfant, The Public Theater and Noche Flamenca each receive Special Awards in 2004 (the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, the Outstanding Body of Work Award, and the Unique Theatrical Experience Award, respectively). Tony Kushner was inducted onto the Playwrights Sidewalk.
The 2004 Lucille Lortel nominees are:
Caroline, or Change, Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner, Music by Jeanine Tesori
Johnny Guitar, Lyrics by Joel Higgins, Music by Martin Silvestri, Book by Nicholas van Hoogstraten
The Musical of Musicals - The Musical!, Music by Eric Rockwell, Lyrics by Joanne Bogart, Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
Outstanding Solo Show
I Am My Own Wife, starring Jefferson Mays, written by Doug Wright
Sarah Jones: bridge & tunnel, starring and written by Sarah Jones
Women on Fire, starring Judith Ivey, written by Irene O'Garden
Hope Clarke, Caroline, or Change
Daniel Pelzig, Valhalla
Martín Santangelo, Noche Flamenca
Outstanding Lead Actor
Peter Frechette, Valhalla
Brían F. O'Byrne, Frozen
Lee Pace, Small Tragedy
Michael Shannon, Bug
Richard Thomas, The Stendhal Syndrome
Outstanding Featured Actor
Rob Campbell, Small Tragedy
Daniel Eric Gold, Small Tragedy
Gordon MacDonald, Trumbo
Will McCormack, The Long Christmas Ride Home
Mark Rosenthal, The Moonlight Room
Outstanding Scenic Design
Scott Bradley, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Tim Hatley, Humble Boy
Derek McLane, I Am My Own Wife
Ajene D. Washington, American Menu
Caroline, or Change
I Am My Own Wife
The Long Christmas Ride Home
The Moonlight Room