Spring Awakening, In the Heights and Stuff Happens Win Lucille Lortel Awards

News   Spring Awakening, In the Heights and Stuff Happens Win Lucille Lortel Awards
Spring Awakening and In the Heights tied for the Outstanding Musical prize at the 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards, which recognize excellence in Off-Broadway theatre. Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and actor Bobby Cannavale co-hosted the May 7 evening at New World Stages.

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Robin de Jes Photo by Joan Marcus

Stuff Happens won four awards, the most of any production of the season. The David Hare play, which was produced by the Public Theater, brought home honors for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director (Daniel Sullivan), Outstanding Lead Actor (Peter Francis James) and Outstanding Lead Actress (Gloria Reuben).

Other multiple winners included In the Heights, Spring Awakening, Two Trains Running and The Voysey Inheritance, which all won two awards apiece.

Gail Merrifield Papp presented Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Fight director Rick Sordelet received the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, which was presented to him by Oskar Eustis. Arthur French presented the Classical Theatre of Harlem with its award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Debra Monk, currently back on Broadway in Curtains, presented an award to Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee Christopher Durang (the playwright will be honored with a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk outside the Lortel Theatre on Christopher Street). And, Company's Raúl Esparza presented the Actors' Fund of America with a Special Award in honor of 125 years of service.

The complete list of winners follows (winners names are in bold with an asterisk). Outstanding Play
The Busy World Is Hushed
Written by Keith Bunin
Produced by Playwrights Horizons

Dying City
Written by Christopher Shinn
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater

Indian Blood
Written by A.R. Gurney
Produced by Primary Stages

*Stuff Happens
Written by David Hare
Produced by The Public Theater

Outstanding Musical (a tie)
Gutenberg! The Musical!
Written by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Produced by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer, Joseph Smith, in association with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

*In the Heights
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, and Jill Furman

*Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company, in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman

Striking 12
Book, Music and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda
Produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs and Greg Schaffert, in association with Mark Johannes and Amy Danis

Outstanding Solo Show
¡El Conquistador!
Written by Thaddeus Phillips and Tatiana Mallarino in collaboration with Victor Mallarino
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Performed by Thaddeus Phillips

*No Child…
Written and Performed by Nilaja Sun
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Center

Written by Neil LaBute
Produced by The Public Theater
Performed by Ed Harris

Outstanding Revival
King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Landscape of the Body
By John Guare
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

*Two Trains Running
By August Wilson
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

The Voysey Inheritance
By Harley Granville-Barker, Adapted by David Mamet
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Outstanding Director
Michael Mayer, Spring Awakening
PJ Paparelli, columbinus
Derrick Sanders, King Hedley II
*Daniel Sullivan, Stuff Happens
David Warren, The Voysey Inheritance

Outstanding Choreographer
Hinton Battle, Evil Dead the Musical
*Andy Blankenbuehler, In the Heights
Devanand Janki, Henry and Mudge
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening

Outstanding Lead Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating
Russell Hornsby, King Hedley II
*Peter Francis James, Stuff Happens
Lee Pace, Guardians
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Voysey Inheritance

Outstanding Lead Actress
Rebecca Brooksher, Dying City
Jill Clayburgh, The Busy World Is Hushed
Patricia Heaton, The Scene
*Gloria Reuben, Stuff Happens
Laila Robins, Sore Throats

Outstanding Featured Actor
*Arthur French, Two Trains Running
David Greenspan, Some Men
Ron Cephas Jones, Two Trains Running
Robert Sella, Stuff Happens
Harris Yulin, Frank's Home

Outstanding Featured Actress
Anna Camp, The Scene
Mamie Gummer, The Water's Edge
Nina Hellman, The Internationalist
Michele Ragusa, Adrift in Macao
*Sherie Rene Scott, Landscape of the Body

Outstanding Scenic Design
David Korins, Jack Goes Boating
Eugene Lee, The Hairy Ape
Anna Louizos, In the Heights
*Derek McLane, The Voysey Inheritance
Allen Moyer, The Busy World is Hushed

Outstanding Costume Design
Gregory Gale, The Milliner
*Gregory Gale, The Voysey Inheritance
Susan Hilferty, Spring Awakening
Willa Kim, Adrift in Macao
Valerie Marcus Ramshur, Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen

Outstanding Lighting Design
Kevin Adams, Some Men
*Kevin Adams, Spring Awakening
Christopher Akerlind, KAOS
Jeff Croiter, The Internationalist
Japhy Weideman, Jack Goes Boating

Outstanding Sound Design
John Collins, David Herskovits, and Tim Schellenbaum, Faust
*Martin Desjardins, columbinus
Robert Kaplowitz, The Internationalist
Brian Ronan, Spring Awakening
Eric Shim, Essential Self-Defense

Awarded since 1986, the Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.


The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers announced the 22nd annual nominations April 2.


The 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards nominating/voting committee is appointed by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Actors' Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, and also includes journalists, educators, and other Off-Broadway theatre professionals.

For more information visit www.lortelaward.com.

A scene from <i>Stuff Happens</i>, the production most honored by the Lucille Lortel Awards.
A scene from Stuff Happens, the production most honored by the Lucille Lortel Awards. Photo by Michal Daniel
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