2015 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced

Lortel_Awards_logoDid someone say awards season?! Believe it or not, the time of year to begin recognizing the best of the best has begun for the New York theatre community! While the biggest and best night for theatre in American, The Tony Awards, is not until June 7th, 2015, the community has plenty of awards to give out in the mean time! From Broadway to Off-Broadway and beyond, get ready folks, here comes your 2015 theatre awards season coverage brought to you by Luner on Theatre! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting look at the list of nominations for the 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards!

The Lucille Lortel Awards are awards that recognize excellence in theatre Off-Broadway. The awards, which began in 1986, are named after famous actress and producer Lucille Lortel. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

Here is a full list of the 2015 nominations:

Outstanding Play

Between Riverside and Crazy
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Produced by The Public Theater in association with American Repertory Theater
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks

The Invisible Hand
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Written by Ayad Akhtar

My Mañana Comes
Produced by The Playwrights Realm
Written by Elizabeth Irwin

The Nether
Produced by MCC Theater
Written by Jennifer Haley

Outstanding Musical

The Fortress of Solitude
Produced by The Public Theater in association with Dallas Theater Center
Book by Itamar Moses, Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Conceived by Daniel Aukin, Based upon the novel by Jonathan Lethem

Hamilton
Produced by The Public Theater
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The Lightning Thief
Produced by Theatreworks USA
Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki, Book by Joe Tracz
Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan

Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
Produced by Radio Mouse Entertainment, Martin Hummel, Caiola Productions, Terry Schnuck, Susan Jaffe Tane, Hernreich-Horvath Productions, Catalyst Theatre in association with Fireboat Productions, Mary Cossette, Meredith Lynsey Schade
Written and Composed by Jonathan Christenson

Pretty Filthy
Produced by The Civilians in association with Jon B. Platt
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman, Book by Bess Wohl
Conceived by Steve Cosson, Michael Friedman & Bess Wohl

Outstanding Revival

Fashions for Men
Produced by Mint Theater Company
Written by Ferenc Molnár

Indian Ink
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with American Conservatory Theater
Written by Tom Stoppard

Into the Woods
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with McCarter Theatre Center, a Fiasco Theater production
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

Sticks and Bones
Produced by The New Group
Written by David Rabe

The Wayside Motor Inn
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by A.R. Gurney

Outstanding Solo Show

Every Brilliant Thing
Produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Patrick Daly, Kelpie Arts LLC, Scott Rudin, Marc & Lisa Biales, Terry Allen Kramer, Michael Ostin
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Performed by Jonny Donahoe

Josephine and I
Produced by The Public Theater
Written and Performed by Cush Jumbo

Just Jim Dale
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company
Written and Performed by Jim Dale

The Lion
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club
Written and Performed by Benjamin Scheuer

Outstanding Director
Michael Greif, Our Lady of Kibeho
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
Austin Pendleton, Between Riverside and Crazy
Ken Rus Schmoll, The Invisible Hand
Ivo van Hove, Scenes From a Marriage

Outstanding Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Camille A. Brown, The Fortress of Solitude
Denis Jones, Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Laura Krewski, Nevermore
Lisa Shriver, Into the Woods

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Usman Ally, The Invisible Hand
Carson Elrod, The Heir Apparent
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
Owiso Odera, Our Lady of Kibeho
Bill Pullman, Sticks and Bones

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Grand Concourse
Anna Gunn, Sex With Strangers
Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
S. Epatha Merkerson, While I Yet Live
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Adam Chanler-Berat, The Fortress of Solitude
Claybourne Elder, Allegro
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton
Ben Steinfeld, Into the Woods

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Michelle Knight, Disenchanted!
Jennifer Mudge, Into the Woods
Sally Murphy, The Threepenny Opera
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
Lillias White, Texas in Paris

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Victor Almanzar, Between Riverside and Crazy
Jacob Ming-Trent, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Jesse Pennington, Bootycandy
Will Pullen, Punk Rock
Scott Shepherd, The Village Bike

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Sophia Anne Caruso, The Nether
Sun Mee Chomet, brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Liza Colón-Zayas, Between Riverside and Crazy
Beth Dixon, The City of Conversation
Deirdre O’Connell, By the Water

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Andy Grotelueschen, Into the Woods
Brian d’Arcy James, Hamilton
Kevin Mambo, The Fortress of Solitude
Steve Rosen, Pretty Filthy

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Luba Mason, Pretty Filthy
Lulu Picart, Disenchanted!
Jessica Tyler Wright, Allegro
Emily Young, Into the Woods

Outstanding Scenic Design
Brett J. Banakis, Big Love
Laura Jellinek, The Nether
Derek McLane, Into the Woods
Walt Spangler, Between Riverside and Crazy
Jan Versweyveld, Scenes From a Marriage

Outstanding Costume Design
Candice Donnelly, Indian Ink
Bretta Gerecke, Nevermore
Clint Ramos, Bootycandy
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Anthony Ward, Josephine and I

Outstanding Lighting Design
Howell Binkley, Hamilton
David Lander, The Library
Tyler Micoleau, The Invisible Hand
Ben Stanton, The Nether
Japhy Weideman, Punk Rock

Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, My Mañana Comes
Leah Gelpe, The Invisible Hand
Daniel Kluger and Brandon Wolcott, The Nether
Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton
Matt Tierney, Pocatello

img_1965_2Congratulations to all of the 2015 nominees of the Lucille Lortel Awards! This is an outstanding group of people representing an outstanding selection of productions! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton came out swinging scoring an incredible 12 nominations across the board in various categories. Hamilton broke the record for most nominations for a single show and set a new one with their 12 nods. Roundabout Theatre Company’s Into The Woods (Pictured Above Right) also received a high number of nominations coming in second behind Hamilton with a total of 7. The critically acclaimed revival comes to Off-Broadway from Fiasco Theatre Company has scored not only with critics but fans across the board. Second Stage’s Between Riverside and Crazy came in third scoring 6 nominations. Otherwise, the Lortel Awards spread the rest among at least 24 other theatre companies located throughout the city. I think the wealth of nominations for several outstanding productions and the smaller nominations city-wide show the strength and continued growth of the Off-Broadway community. Every year, the field becomes more diverse and is giving patrons an experience they would not be able to obtain at a normal Broadway show. I applaud Off-Broadway, its diversity and continued fuel to produce hits that later go on to even more success lives.

The Lucille Lortel Awards are the very first nominations of the 2015 Awards Season! The awards ceremony will take place May 10th, 2015 at The Skirball Center. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, best known from Modern Family, and Anna Chlumsky are set to host the event! As always, stick with Luner on Theatre as we kick off our awards season coverage! Visit our Awards Season Page for all blog posts specific to this! For more information, visit The Lortel Awards Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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