Betrayed and Adding Machine Win Lucille Lortel Awards
By Andrew Gans
George Packer's Betrayed was named Outstanding Play, and Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith's Adding Machine was named Outstanding Musical at the 23rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which were presented May 5.
Adding Machine — the celebrated modernist musical at the Minetta Lane Theatre — won four awards, the most of any show of the season. In addition to the Outstanding Musical prize, the production also picked up awards for Outstanding Director (David Cromer), Outstanding Lead Actor (Joel Hatch) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Keith Parham).
The Outstanding Play winner, Betrayed, is also currently still running. George Packer's drama about three young Iraqis — two men and a woman — has extended its run through June 28 at the Culture Project.
Among those who presented awards were Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, Christopher Gattelli, Joanna Gleason, A.R. Gurney, Cheyenne Jackson, John Kelly, Paul Libin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Martha Plimpton, Laila Robins, Anika Noni Rose and Tamara Tunie. The evening featured performances from the casts of Adding Machine, Jump, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower) and Wanda's World.
Three special award winners had been previously anounced:
The awards are presented by The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers.
Winners of the 2007-08 Lortel Awards follow (winners names are in bold and are preceded by an asterisk):
The Brothers Size
New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656
Original Music by Joshua Schmidt, Libretto by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt
Next to Normal
The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower)
Outstanding Solo Show
Tings Dey Happen
Dividing the Estate
*Ohio State Murders
*David Cromer, Adding Machine
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Seussical
Outstanding Lead Actor
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Outstanding Lead Actress
*Elizabeth Franz, The Piano Teacher
Outstanding Featured Actor
*Francis Jue, Yellow Face
Outstanding Featured Actress
Veanne Cox, Paradise Park
Outstanding Scenic Design
Scott Bradley, Eurydice
Outstanding Costume Design
Mara Blumenfeld, The Glorious Ones
Outstanding Lighting Design
Kevin Adams, Passing Strange
Outstanding Sound Design
Geoff Abbas, Joby Emmons, and Matt Schloss, The Wooster Group's HAMLET
For more information about the awards, named for the late actress, producer, theatre owner and arts advocate, visit www.lortelaward.com.
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