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Laura Benanti, Broadway Boys, et al. to Perform at Lucille Lortel Awards, 5/6

Laura Benanti, Broadway Boys, et al. to Perform at Lucille Lortel Awards, 5/6

The Off-Broadway League today announced the confirmed performers for the 2012 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. Additionally, the remaining tickets to the show have been released for sale to the public at a discounted rate of $35 each. The 27th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards will be handed out this Sunday, May 6, 2012 at NYU Skirball Center, beginning at 7:00pm EST, in a ceremony that will once again benefit the Actors Fund.

To purchase $35 tickets to the awards ceremony, visit www.nyuskirball.org or call (866) 811-4111 and use the code 35BALC. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Skirball Center box office located at 566 LaGuardia Place on Friday and Saturday from Noon - 6pm. Seating is in the balcony.

Tony® Award winner Laura Benanti will perform as part of her presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to producer Richard Frankel. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. She recently starred and garnered a Tony nomination in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center. Additional Broadway roles include her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and her sultry Tony nominated turn in Swing! Benanti also starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his muse in the celebrated revival of Nine. She began her multi-faceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music, opposite Richard Chamberlain. Up next, Benanti can be seen starring opposite Matthew Perry in NBC’s new comedy series, Go On.

2012 Lucille Lortel Award recipients for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience, VOCA PEOPLE have taken New York by surprise - and delight - with a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything you've experienced before. Performed by eight snow-white ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, this international hit features over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs the whole family will love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart. No instruments, no sound effects -just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on earth. Originally a YouTube sensation, VOCA PEOPLE has had intergalactic success with sold-out tours in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Mars and Uranus. VOCA PEOPLE is currently performing at New World Stages.

The Broadway Boys, created in June of 2005, are a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to showtunes and classic pop songs. Performing in groups of six, the Boys are able explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. Their goals are to introduce audiences outside the theater community to genres of music they may not be familiar with by fusing Broadway music and pop styles; and to present the Broadway community and its audiences with new arrangements of familiar songs.

Hosted by the fabulous Mario Cantone, the irreverent and hilarious comic and star of Sex and the City, the 27th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony will feature appearances by 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, Norm Lewis, Lucy Liu, Constantine Maroulis, Cristin Milioti, Patrick Page, Annie Parisse, Sarah Paulson, Condola Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, Michelle Trachtenberg and Josh Young.

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