Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Lortel Voting Committee. The Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony is produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
The 7 PM ceremony, hosted by Cantone ( Laugh Whore, Assassins), also awards special honors in non-competitive categories.
Tony winner Benanti ( Gypsy) is set to perform and present producer Richard Frankel with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Oscar winner Willem Dafoe is named to induct Richard Foreman onto the famed Playwrights' Sidewalk.
The complete list of presenters and participants follows: Alexis Bledel, Christian Borle, Michael Cerveris, Will Chase, Anna Chlumsky, Oliver Chris, Hugh Dancy, Paige Davis, Tate Donovan, Halley Feiffer, Steve Guttenberg, Rose Hemingway, Steve Kazee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Fran Kranz, Norm Lewis, Lucy Liu, Constantine Maroulis, Cristin Milioti, Patrick Page, Annie Parisse, Sarah Paulson, Condola Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, Michelle Trachtenberg and Josh Young.
Michael Heitzman directs the Lortel Awards, which have musical direction by Henry Aronson and choreography by AC Ciulla. Featured dancers include Brad Barnes, Marc Heitzman, Ricky Kuperman, Reed Luplau, Sean McKnight, Holly Shunkey and Matthew Tiberi. The 2012 Lortel Award nominations follow:
Blood and Gifts – Produced by Lincoln Center Theater; Written by J. T. Rogers
Milk Like Sugar – Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Women's Project Theater; Written by Kirsten Greenidge
Sons of the Prophet – Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company; Written by Stephen Karam
The Big Meal – Produced by Playwrights Horizons; Written by Dan LeFranc
The School For Lies – Produced by Classic Stage Company; Written by David Ives
Once – Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Queen of the Mist – Produced by Transport Group; Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
SILENCE! The Musical – Produced by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato, Donna Trinkoff in association with Scott Kirschenbaum, Theater Mogul, Kitefliers Studio and Terry Schnuck; Music and Lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, Book by Hunter Bell, Adapted from the screenplay Silence! The Musical by Jon and Al Kaplan
The Blue Flower – Produced by Second Stage Theatre; By Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer
The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World – Produced by Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop; Book by Joy Gregory, Music by Gunnar Madsen, Lyrics by Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, Story by Joy Gregory, Gunnar Madsen, and John Langs
Blood Knot – Produced by Signature Theatre; Written by Athol Fugard
The Lady from Dubuque – Produced by Signature Theatre; Written by Edward Albee
Look Back in Anger – Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company; Written by John Osborne
The Cherry Orchard – Produced by Classic Stage Company; Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by John Christopher Jones
The Maids – Produced by Red Bull Theater; Written by Jean Genet, Translated by Bernard Frechtman
Outstanding Solo Show
An Iliad – Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Written by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson; Performed by Denis O'Hare and Stephen Spinella; Based on Homer's The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles
The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith – Produced by Penguin Rep Theatre and Edmund Gaynes in association with Lizanne and Don Mitchell; Written by Angelo Parra; Performed by Miche Braden
Outstanding Costume Design
ESosa, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Toni-Leslie James, Milk Like Sugar
William Ivey Long, The School For Lies
Ilona Somogyi, Maple and Vine
Catherine Zuber, Death Takes a Holiday
Lifetime Achievement Award Richard Frankel
Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee Richard Foreman
Service to Off-Broadway Award Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY)
Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience
Voca People – Produced by Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price
Members of the public can purchase tickets to the ceremony by phoning (212) 352-3101, or online at nyuskirball.org.