Kevin Kline, Lily Rabe, et al. to Present at Lortel Awards


The Lucille Lortel Awards announced today the details for the 26th Annual Lortel Awards Reception & Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony will be held on May 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. EST at NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square. Members of the industry may purchase tickets through the Off-Broadway League, while public tickets are $75.00 and are available via phone (212.352.3101), online ( or in person at the Skirball Center's Shagan Box Office (566 LaGuardia Place, Tuesday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

The awards ceremony, themed "Off-Broadway Rocks", directed by Michael Heitzman with musical direction by David Holcenberg, will feature performances by Everett Bradley (Hall & Oates -, Orfeh (Love, Janis -, The Bettys ( and New York City's own rock-n-roll nightlife impresario, Michael T. doing pieces from the Off-Broadway canon with a rock sound. 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.

This year's Co-Hosts are the hilarious duo of Samantha Bee, from THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, and Zach Braff of SCRUBS and GARDEN STATE. They will be joined on stage by notable presenters from the entertainment industry, including luminaries of the stage, screen and film. 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.

This year's 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.

"Off-Broadway Rocks!" is a celebration of musical theatre material done with a contemporary rock sound. This year's show will kick off with a high-energy percussive performance from Grammy nominee Everett Bradley, who has toured with Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and David Bowie. Orfeh will reprise a number from her starring turn in "Love, Janis," and pop rock band The Bettys and Michael T., known for his work throughout the city with his glam rock parties/performances, "Oh! You Pretty Things" and "Motherf**ker" and seen in "Squeezebox! The Movie" will bring down the house with rock theatre numbers.

About the Co-Hosts:

SAMANTHA BEE: Samantha Bee was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and understands that, yes, it's very clean there. Having no appreciable skill set or professional aspirations, she turned to acting and found it compatible with her lazy lifestyle. She began her career by doing numerous commercial campaigns, as well as participating in the all-female sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs. In 2003 she joined the cast of THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and now holds the title of Most Senior Correspondent, having systematically eliminated all those before her. In addition to her work on THE DAILY SHOW, Bee can be seen opposite her husband, Jason Jones in the film COOPER'S CAMERA, and in the films FURRY VENGANCE opposite Brendan Fraser and in 20th Century Fox's DATE NIGHT opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Samantha's first book I KNOW I AM BUT WHAT ARE YOU was released in paperback by Simon & Schuster in 2011, and she has a recurring role on the new season of HBO's BORED TO DEATH.

When Bee is not working she enjoys photographing her children in foolish outfits and correcting spelling errors on menus.

ZACH BRAFF: Zach Braff has distinguished himself from his peers-not only as an actor, but as a writer and director. With his feature writing and directorial debut, GARDEN STATE, Braff reveals himself in all three capacities-acting, writing and directing. The film garnered numerous awards.

Braff can be seen this Spring in Tribeca Films THE HIGH COST OF LIVING for director Deborah Chow. The drama revolves around a man and woman who meet after a tragic accident.

Braff's stage experience includes the Second Stage Theatre's production of "Trust" in 2010. This summer his first original play "All New People" will debut at The Second Stage Theatre. He was also seen in New York City's Public Theater productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Macbeth" with Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett.

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