Lucille Lortel Awards Presented May 4; Here Lies Love, Fun Home and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Lead Nominees

The Off-Broadway musicals Here Lies Love, Fun Home and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, as well as new plays by Joshua Harmon, Will Eno and Bruce Norris are among the nominees for the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which are presented May 4 at the Skirball Center.

Phillipa Soo
Phillipa Soo (Photo by Chad Batka)

Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, who co-star in the Off-Broadway production of Sharr White's Annapurna, host the awards ceremony, which begins at 7 PM. As previously reported, the Lortel Awards will honor Tony-winning producer Robyn Goodman ( Cinderella, In the Heights, Avenue Q) with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tony-winning playwright Richard Nelson will be honored as a Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee.

Michael Heitzman directs the Lortel Awards for the fifth consecutive year. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

The immersive musicals Here Lies Love and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 broke records, leading with 11 nominations each. They were followed by the ambitious new musical Fun Home, which garnered nine nominations. Additional productions to take multiple nominations include The Public Theater revival of Good Person of Szechwan (5), Roundabout Theatre Company's Bad Jews (4), MCC Theater's Hand to God (4), Signature Theatre's The Open House (4) and the New York Theatre Workshop's Burt Bacharach musical What's It All About (4).

The Off-Broadway League, which presents the Lortel Awards, previously announced the addition of four acting categories, which now separately honor actors and actresses in the respective play and musical categories. Previously, the nominees in the Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress and Outstanding Featured Actor/Actress categories comprised performers from both plays and musicals. The 2014 nominees follow:

Outstanding Play

Bad Jews
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company
Written by Joshua Harmon

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Written by Bruce Norris

The Night Alive
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Conor McPherson

The Open House
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Will Eno

Outstanding Musical

Fun Home
Produced by The Public Theater
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Alison Bechdel book

Here Lies Love
Produced by The Public Theater
Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne, Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim,
Additional Music by Tom Ganey and J Pardo

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Paula Marie Black, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Daveed Frazier,
Tom Smedes, Vertical Ent./Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer
Written by Dave Malloy

What's It All About
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David and Others
Conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer

Outstanding Revival

Good Person of Szechwan
Produced by The Public Theater and The Foundry Theatre
Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translation by John Willett

Hand to God
Produced by MCC Theater
Written by Robert Askins

London Wall
Produced by Mint Theater Company
Written by John van Druten

The Model Apartment
Produced by Primary Stages
Written by Donald Margulies

The Weir
Produced by The Irish Repertory Theatre
Written by Conor McPherson

Outstanding Solo Show

Buyer & Cellar
Produced by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, Ted Snowdon, Daryl Roth, Martin Massman, Pat Flicker Addiss,
Doug Nevin, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Andrew Tobias, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Written by Jonathan Tolins
Performed by Michael Urie

How I Learned What I Learned
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by August Wilson, Co-conceived with Todd Kreidler, in collaboration with Ruben-Santiago Hudson
Performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Produced by Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Scott and Roxanne Bok, Roz and Jerry Meyer, Ronald Guttman, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, John LaMattina
Written by Terry Teachout
Performed by John Douglas Thompson

Outstanding Director
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Outstanding Choreographer
Martha Clarke, Chéri
Marguerite Derricks, Heathers: The Musical
Danny Mefford, Fun Home
Annie-B Parson, Here Lies Love
Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Jon DeVries, Regular Singing
Peter Friedman, The Open House
Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan
Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews
Diane Davis, The Model Apartment
Carolyn McCormick, The Open House
Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated
Andrus Nichols, Bedlam's Hamlet and Saint Joan

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Jose Llana, Here Lies Love
Kyle Riabko, What's It All About
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Alexandra Socha, Fun Home
Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers: The Musical

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Carson Elrod, The Explorers Club
Philip Ettinger, Bad Jews
Russell G. Jones, The Call
Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends
Fred Weller, Reasons to Be Happy

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Hannah Bos, The Open House
Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama
Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan
Molly Ranson, Bad Jews
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Heath Calvert, Nobody Loves You
Nick Choksi, Bunty Berman Presents...
Blake DeLong, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Noah Hinsdale, Fun Home
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Uzo Aduba, Venice
Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Melody Butiu, Here Lies Love
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Shaina Taub, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Scenic Design
Miriam Buether, Love and Information
David Korins, Here Lies Love
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Clint Ramos, Appropriate
Matt Saunders, Good Person of Szechwan

Outstanding Costume Design
Gabriel Berry and Andrea Hood, Love and Information
Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love
Anita Yavich, The Explorers Club
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, Far From Heaven

Outstanding Lighting Design
Daniel Ionazzi, The Jacksonian
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love
Japhy Weideman, What's It All About

Outstanding Sound Design
M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love
Clive Goodwin, What's It All About
Matt Hubbs, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ryan Rumery, The Hatmaker's Wife
Christopher Shutt, Love and Information


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