Frozen, Valhalla, Johnny Guitar, I Am My Own Wife Nommed for May 3 Lucille Lortel Awards

News   Frozen, Valhalla, Johnny Guitar, I Am My Own Wife Nommed for May 3 Lucille Lortel Awards The Lucille Lortel Awards, one of the major annual events in the Off-Broadway community, will be held May 3, with nominees from Frozen, Valhalla, Bug, I Am My Own Wife and more in attendance at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Joanna Gleason and Richard Thomas will host this year's Lortel Awards
Joanna Gleason and Richard Thomas will host this year's Lortel Awards

Joanna Gleason of The Normal Heart and Richard Thomas of The Stendhal Syndrome will host the 19th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at 7 PM.

A limited number of public tickets were made available for the ceremony. Inquire about last-minute availability at the Minetta Lane box office, 18 Minetta Lane, or by calling (212) 420-8000.

Presenters include Joe Mantello, Molly Ringwald, Lynn Redgrave, Daniel Sunjata, Mary Beth Piel, Ben Shenkman, Elizabeth Berkley, Anna Deveare Smith, Charles Busch, Richard Masur and Frances McDormand, among others.

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The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers announced nominees April 5, with Frozen and Valhalla earning six noms each. The awards celebrate excellence in Off-Broadway theatre. 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 won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Frozen has since trasferred to Broadway, where it opens May 4. Each member in the three-person cast of Frozen was nominated for an acting award.

Frozen'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.

In the Outstanding Musical category, Caroline, or Change, which opened on Broadway May 2 (it premiered Off-Broadway in late 2003) is up against Johnny Guitar (at the Century Center) and the d parody, The Musical of Musicals. The latter spoof returns to The York Theatre Company (where it began) in spring.

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:

Outstanding Play
Bug by Tracy Letts
Frozen by Bryony Lavery
The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel
Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas
Valhalla by Paul Rudnick

Outstanding Musical
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

Outstanding Director
Christopher Ashley, Valhalla
Mark Brokaw, The Long Christmas Ride Home
Dexter Bullard, Bug
Doug Hughes, Frozen
Moisés Kaufman, I Am My Own Wife

Outstanding Choreographer
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 Lead Actress
Lisa Emery, Iron
Jayne Houdyshell, Well
Swoosie Kurtz, Frozen
Zilah Mendoza, Living Out
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change

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 Featured Actress
Liza Colón-Zayas, Living Out
Kathryn Layng, The Moonlight Room
Laila Robins, Frozen
Anika Noni Rose, Caroline, or Change
Margaret Welsh, Big Bill

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

Outstanding Costume Design
Linda Cho, The Two Noble Kinsmen
William Ivey Long, Valhalla
Paul Tazewell, Caroline, or Change
Kaye Voyce, Johnny Guitar
Catherine Zuber, The Beard of Avon

Outstanding Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Well
David Lander, I Am My Own Wife
Tyler Micoleau, Bug
Kenneth Posner, Valhalla
Clifton Taylor, Frozen

Outstanding Sound Design
John Gromada, Small Tragedy
Robert Kaplowitz,The Story
Brian Ronan, Bug
David Van Tieghem, The Long Christmas Ride Home

MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS:
Six nominations:
Frozen
Valhalla

Five nominations:
Bug
Caroline, or Change
Small Tragedy

Four nominations:
I Am My Own Wife
The Long Christmas Ride Home

Two nominations:
Johnny Guitar
Living Out
The Moonlight Room
Well