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27th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Recipients Announced

27th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Recipients Announced

Once wins 3 Lortel Awards including Outstanding Musical
Sons of the Prophet wins 2 Lortel Awards including Outstanding Play

New York, NY (May 6, 2012) – The 2012 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed out this evening to recipients in 14 categories and 4 special honors.  Some of the best in New York theatre came out to NYU Skirball Center and the Rosenthal Pavilion to celebrate Off-Broadway and benefit the Actors Fund.  A complete list of the nominees and winners follows.

The show began with a rousing dance number and a hilarious opening monologue from host Mario Cantone, the celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian.  Lortel Award recipients for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience, Voca People, performed a high-energy version of “The History of Music”; The Broadway Boys thrilled with a medley of some of the greatest songs from Broadway musicals that began their journey Off-Broadway, including “Beautiful City” from Godspell, “Seasons of Love” from Rent and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” from Rock of Ages; and Tony® Award winner Laura Benanti brought the house down with a performance of “Something Good” from The Sound of Music, in honor of Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, producer Richard Frankel.

Presenters at this year’s Lucille Lortel Awards included some of the best and brightest from the New York stage and screen: 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, Lucy Liu, Constantine Maroulis, Cristin Milioti, Patrick Page, Annie Parisse, Sarah Paulson, Condola Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, Michelle Trachtenberg and Josh Young.

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 Voting Committee. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.  Additional support provided by Theatre Development Fund.

The Off-Broadway League's Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Terry Byrne, Denise Cooper, Margaret Cotter, George Forbes, Melanie Herman, Catherine Russell, Steven Showalter, and Carl D. White) produces the Lortel Awards Ceremony.

For updates and news about the ceremony, hosts, presenters and media releases, visit www.LortelAwards.org.  Follow the Lortel Awards on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/LortelAwards and become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LortelAwards.

NOMINEES AND RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
*Please note: all nominees are listed with the award recipient in BOLD.

Outstanding Play
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

Outstanding Musical
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, Terry Schnuck and John Arthur Pinckard; 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

Outstanding Revival

Blood Knot – Produced by Signature Theatre; Written by Athol Fugard

Edward Albee's 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 Director
Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
David Cromer, Tribes
Sam Gold, Look Back in Anger
Sam Gold, The Big Meal
John Tiffany, Once

Outstanding Choreographer
Chase Brock, The Blue Flower
Bill Castellino, Ionescopade
Christopher Gattelli, SILENCE! The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Once
Annie-B Parson, The Broken Heart

Outstanding Lead Actor
Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet
Russell Harvard, Tribes
Hamish Linklater, The School For Lies
Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
Jay O. Sanders, Titus Andronicus

Outstanding Lead Actress
Sanaa Lathan, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Cristin Milioti, Once
Carey Mulligan, Through a Glass Darkly
Molly Ranson, Carrie
Mary Testa, Queen of the Mist

Outstanding Featured Actor
David Wilson Barnes, The Big Meal
Adam Driver, Look Back in Anger
Alvin Epstein, The Cherry Orchard
Peter Francis James, Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque
Jeff Perry, Tribes

Outstanding Featured Actress
Anita Gillette, The Big Meal
Kimberly Hébert Gregory, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Marin Mazzie, Carrie
Tonya Pinkins, Milk Like Sugar
Mare Winningham, Tribes

Outstanding Scenic Design
Bob Crowley, Once
Lauren Helpern, 4000 Miles
Andrew Lieberman, Look Back in Anger
Adrianne Lobel, Galileo
David Zinn, The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

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

Outstanding Lighting Design
*This category was a tie.
Natasha Katz, Once
Keith Parham, Tribes
Justin Townsend, Unnatural Acts
David Weiner, Through a Glass Darkly
Scott Zielinski, An Iliad

Outstanding Sound Design
Mark Bennett, An Iliad
Clive Goodwin, Once
Daniel Kluger, Tribes
Matt Tierney and Ben Williams, The Select (The Sun Also Rises)
David Van Tieghem, Through a Glass Darkly

SPECIAL AWARDS

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

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AWARD RECIPIENTS BY SHOW

TITLE

TOTAL

Once

3

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

2

Sons of the Prophet

2

4000 Miles

1

An Iliad

1

Look Back in Anger

1

Milk Like Sugar

1

The Big Meal

1

The Cherry Orchard

1

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

1

Through a Glass Darkly

1

About the Lucille Lortel Awards
The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off-Broadway League. The Lortel Awards recognize excellence Off-Broadway by honoring the invaluable contribution of artists to the theatre community.  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 Voting Committee.
The awards may be given in the following categories: Play, Musical, Solo Show, Revival, Alternative Theatrical Experience, Director, Choreographer, Lead Actor and Actress, Featured Actor and Actress, Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design. The following honorary awards may also be given: Lifetime Achievement, Body of Work (awarded to an institution), the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence, Service to Off-Broadway Award and induction onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the historic Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.  For more information, please see www.LortelAwards.org

About the Lucille Lortel Foundation
Lucille Lortel Foundation was created by Lucille Lortel to foster excellence and diversity in the theatre, as well as to faithfully preserve the rich history and support the continued prosperity of Off-Broadway. The Foundation has several major programs, including its general operating support program that has provided millions of dollars to small to mid-size theatres in New York City, universities, and theatre service organizations. The Foundation created and maintains the Internet Off-Broadway Data Base (www.lOBDB.com). For a listing of all of the Foundation’s programs, previous Lortel Award nominees and recipients, information on the Lucille Lortel Theatre and Playwrights’ Sidewalk, and much more, please visit www.lortel.org

About Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
TDF, which recently received a 2011 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, is the largest nonprofit performing arts service organization in the United States, returning over $130 million to hundreds of productions annually through a variety of programs. It is dedicated to developing diverse audiences for live theatre and dance and strengthening the performing arts community in New York City. Created in 1968, TDF’s programs have provided over 80 million people with access to performances at affordable prices.  Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, outreach, access and education programs – as well as its Costume Collection – help to make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone.  www.tdf.org/

About The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online.  Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services.  With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for nearly 130 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.  www.actorsfund.org

About NYU Skirball Center
The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU’s mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center’s mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. www.nyuskirball.org
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