Lortel Award Winners to Be Announced Tonight

News   Lortel Award Winners to Be Announced Tonight Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, recently of The Bat Theatre Company's The Guys, will host the 17th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards May 6, honoring achievement in the past year of Off-Broadway theatre.

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, recently of The Bat Theatre Company's The Guys, will host the 17th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards May 6, honoring achievement in the past year of Off-Broadway theatre.

Winners of the awards will be announced April 22. The ceremony, however, is 7 PM May 6 at the famed Lucille Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, followed by a dinner at the Bryant Park Grill in Midtown. The League of Off Broadway Theatres and Producers and The Lortel Foundation jointly sponsor the annual celebration.

Nominees were announced April 1. The eligibility cutoff date was March 31. In the 2002 Lucille Lortel Awards nominations, Urinetown and Metamorphoses—two shows born Off-Broadway but now full-fledged Broadway successes—led the pack with eight and six nods respectively.

Three special awards will be presented at the event. Elaine Stitch at Liberty will receive a trophy for Unique Theatrical Experience. The Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence will go to actress Ruby Dee. And a laurel for Outstanding Body of Work will go to Second Stage Theatre, which produced in the last season Crimes of the Heart and Metamorphoses—both 2002 Lortel nominees.

In addition, playwright Edward Albee will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for "his longstanding and unique contribution to Off-Broadway" and a star bearing the name of fellow scribe Romulus Linney's name will be added to the "Playwrights Sidewalk" that lies outside the theatre. The ceremony is a gala benefit for The Actor's Fund of America. The nominations are as follows:

Outstanding Play of 2002
The Carpetbagger's Children by Horton Foote (Lincoln Center Theater)
The Dazzle by Richard Greenberg (Roundabout Theatre Company)
Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner (New York Theatre Workshop)
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (Second Stage Theatre)
The Shape of Things by Neil Labute (Susan Quint Gallin, Sandy Gallin, Stuart Thompson, Ben Sprecher, USA/OSTAR Theatricals)

Outstanding Musical of 2002
Dragapella! by The Kinsey Sicks with original music and lyrics by Ben Schatz (Ben Schatz, Irwin Keller, Maurice Kelly, Chris Dilley, in association with Maria Di Dia, Executive Producer)
The Last 5 Years by Jason Robert Brown (Arielle Tepper, Marty Bell in association with Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, Rose/Land Productions)
tick, tick. BOOM!, book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson (Victoria Leacock, Robyn Goodman, and Dede Harris, Lorie Cowen Levy, Beth Smith)
Urinetown , music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis (The Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals, in association with TheaterDreams Inc. and Lauren Mitchell)

Outstanding Revival of 2002
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley (Second Stage Theatre)
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare (Theatre for a New Audience)
Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse (Atlantic Theatre Company)
Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan, adapted by Michael Scheman and Steven Gross (On Deck Entertainment, Brett Singer & Diane Krausz)

Outstanding Director of 2002
John Rando ( Urinetown )
Bartlett Sher ( Cymbeline )
Mark Wing-Davey ( 36 Views )
Mary Zimmerman ( Metamorphoses )

Outstanding Choreographer of 2002
John Carrafa ( Urinetown )
Tony Parise ( Pirates of Penzance )
Tony Stevens ( The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged))

Outstanding Actor of 2002
Norbert Leo Butz ( The Last 5 Years )
Hunter Foster ( Urinetown )
Peter Frechette ( The Dazzle )
Reg Rogers ( The Dazzle )
Jeffrey Wright ( Topdog/Underdog )

Outstanding Actress of 2002
Ruby Dee ( Saint Lucy's Eyes )
Linda Emond ( Homebody/Kabul )
Martha Plimpton ( Hobson's Choice )
Phylicia Rashad ( Blue )
Elaine Stritch ( Elaine Stritch at Liberty )

Outstanding Featured Actor of 2002
David Aaron Baker ( Hobson's Choice )
Keith Nobbs ( Four )
Andrew Weems ( Cymbeline )
Frederick Weller ( The Shape of Things )
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (Four )

Outstanding Featured Actress of 2002
Spencer Kayden ( Urinetown )
Gretchen Mol ( The Shape of Things )
Amy Sedaris ( Wonder of The World )
Robin Weigert ( Madame Melville )
Kathleen Widdoes ( Franny's Way )

Outstanding Scenic Design of 2002
David Gallo ( Wonder of the World )
Allen Moyer ( The Dazzle )
Daniel Ostling ( Metamorphoses )
Scott Pask ( Urinetown )
Douglas Stein ( 36 Views )

Outstanding Costume Design of 2002
Jonathan Bixby and Gregory Gale ( Urinetown )
Mara Blumenfeld (Metamorphoses )
Susan Hilferty and Linda Ross ( Franny's Way )
Bob Miller and Steven Howard ( Dragapella!)
Elizabeth Caitlin Ward ( Cymbeline )

Outstanding Lighting Design of 2002
TJ Gerckens ( Metamorphoses )
Traci Klainer ( Four )
Brian MacDevitt ( Urinetown )
David Weiner ( 36 Views )

Outstanding Sound Design of 2002
Brett Jarvis ( Brutal Imagination )
Scott Lehrer ( Franny's Way )
Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman ( Metamorphoses )
Dan Moses Schreier ( Homebody/Kabul )

MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS:
Urinetown (8)
Metamorphoses (6)
Cymbeline (4)
The Dazzle (4)
Four (3)
Franny's Way (3)
Hobson's Choice (3)
Homebody/Kabul (3)
The Shape of Things (3)
36 Views (3)
Dragapella! (2)
Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2)
The Last 5 Years (2)
Pirates of Penzance (2)
Wonder of the World (2)

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The Lucille Lortel Awards 2002 nominating-voting committee includes representatives of the Off-Broadway League, the Lortel Foundation, Actors' Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, journalists, educators and other artistic contributors to Off-Broadway.

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers created these Awards in recognition of Lucille Lortel's lifelong devotion to Off-Broadway. Awarded annually since 1986, the Lortel Awards are produced by the League in association with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.  Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

— By Kenneth Jones
and Robert Simonson