Lortel Winners Will Be Revealed May 1; Off-Broadway Nominees Include Edie Falco, Christian Borle and More
By Kenneth Jones
The 2011 Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring excellence in Off-Broadway theatre for 2010-11, will be handed out May 1 at NYU's Skirball Center. The ceremony has a theme of "Off-Broadway Rocks!," featuring performances by Everett Bradley, Orfeh, The Bettys and more.
The 26th annual Lortel show is at 7 PM. Michael Heitzman directs with musical direction by David Holcenberg. Comic actress Samantha Bee ("The Daily Show") and actor Zach Braff (Off-Broadway's Trust, TV's "Scrubs") are the evening's co-hosts.
Laurie Metcalf, Michael Shannon, Michele Pawk, Thomas Sadoski, Lois Smith, Christian Borle, Edie Falco, Anna Louizos, Jon Robin Baitz, Joe Mantello, Linda Lavin are among Lortel nominees this year.
Award presenters include Kevin Kline, Olympia Dukakis, Blythe Danner, AnnaLynne McCord, Natasha Lyonne, Hilarie Burton, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Annabella Sciorra, Kelly Rutherford, Michael T. Weiss, Mike Birbiglia, Lily Rabe, Josh Hamilton, Matthew Settle, Ron Rifkin, T.V. Carpio, Valerie Harper, Arian Moayed, Terrence McNally, Anson Mount, Anthony Rapp, Sanjaya Malakar, Tammy Blanchard, Kate Shindle, Billy Porter, Seth Numrich, Christopher Hanke, Jeremy Strong and Patina Miller.
As previously announced, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lynne Meadow and Service to Off-Broadway Award recipient Gary Glaser will be honored during the ceremony for their contributions to Off-Broadway.
The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The Lortel Awards are a benefit for The Actors Fund. Additional support is provided by the Theatre Development Fund.
Skirball Center is at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square. Members of the industry may purchase tickets through the Off-Broadway League. Public tickets are $75 and are available via phone at (212) 352-3101 or online at http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu or in person at the Skirball Center's Shagan Box Office (566 LaGuardia Place).
For more information, visit www.LortelAward.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
In the Wake - Produced by The Public Theater; Written by Lisa Kron
Other Desert Cities - Produced by Lincoln Center Theater; Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Peter and the Starcatcher - Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Written by Rick Elice
The Coward - Produced by Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3; Written by Nick Jones
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Produced by Second Stage Theatre; Written by Kristoffer Diaz
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - Produced by The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group in association with Les Freres Corbusier; Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman, Book by Alex Timbers
In Transit - Produced by Primary Stages, the Baruch/Viertel/Routh/Frankel Group, Jane Bergere, Jodi Glucksman, Ken Greiner, Chip Meyrelles, Christina Papagjika, and Janet Rosen; Music, Lyrics and Book by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth
The Burnt Part Boys - Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre; Music by Chris Miller, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen, Book by Mariana Elder
The Kid - Produced by The New Group; Music by Andy Monroe, Lyrics by Jack Lechner and Book by Michael Zam
We the People: America Rocks! - Produced by Theatreworks USA; Songs by Brad Alexander (Music) and Kevin Del Aguila (Lyrics), Eli Bolin (Music) and Sam Forman (Lyrics), Joe Iconis (Music and Lyrics), Tommy Newman (Music and Lyrics), Ryan Scott Oliver (Music and Lyrics), Adam Overett (Music and Lyrics), Mark Weiner (Music) and Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton (Lyrics)
Outstanding Solo Show
Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - Produced by Ron Delsener and Mike Lavoie, and Mike Berkowitz and Joe Birbiglia; Written and Performed by Mike Birbiglia
Through the Night - Produced by Daryl Roth in association with Jana Robbins; Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes/Part 1: Millennium Approaches, Part 2: Perestroika - Produced by Signature Theatre Company; Written by Tony Kushner
The Collection & A Kind of Alaska - Produced by Atlantic Theater Company; Written by Harold Pinter
The Little Foxes - Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Written by Lillian Hellman
The Misanthrope - Produced by The Pearl Theatre Company; Written by Moliere, Translated into English Verse by Richard Wilbur
Three Sisters - Produced by Classic Stage Company; Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Paul Schmidt
Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience
Gatz - Produced by The Public Theater
John Collins, Gatz
Tracy Bersley, The Witch of Edmonton
Outstanding Lead Actor
Desmin Borges, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Outstanding Lead Actress
Tracee Chimo, Bachelorette
Outstanding Featured Actor
Michael Chernus, In the Wake
Outstanding Featured Actress
Laura Heisler, Kin
Outstanding Scenic Design
Rachel Hauck, This Wide Night
Outstanding Costume Design
Gabriel Berry, The Coward
Outstanding Lighting Design
Betsy Adams, When I Come to Die
Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
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 is produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
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