20th Anniversary Lucille Lortel Awards, hosted by Vilanch and Halston, will be presented on May 2nd

Written by Maya Cantu

Bruce Vilanch and Julie Halston will host the 20th annual Lucille Lortel Awards on Monday, May 2nd at Dodgers Stages at 7 PM. The ceremony will be presented by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, and will be followed by an after-party at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

The Lucille Lortel Awards, which have been honoring outstanding off-Broadway achievement since 1985, will feature a plethora of performances. The famed awards ceremony will celebrate its twentieth anniversary with performances from nominated musicals, Altar Boyz, Junie B. Jones, Lone Star Love and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition, new short works by such acclaimed writers and composers as Charles Busch, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and Anna Devere Smith will be presented. There will be a Forbidden Broadway musical tribute performed by the cast, and Charles Ludlam, the avant-garde head of the Ridiculous Theatre Company who died of AIDS in 1987, will be inducted onto the Playwrights Sidewalk that famously sits outside the Lucille Lortel theatre.

Vilanch and Halston are currently co-stars in Hairspray; he plays Edna, while she portrays numerous comic roles including Prudy Pingleton. Vilanch has been playing the big, blonde and beautiful housewife for over a year now, having starred in the musical's national tour. He is one of the most successful comedy writers in the business. He has won 6 Emmys for his 15 Academy Awards scripts, and has also written for the Tonys, Emmys and Grammys. A wise-cracking regular on Hollywood Squares for four seasons, he has also toured a one-man "bio comedy" around the country and is the subject of the documentary Get Bruce!

Halston's Broadway credits include the recent Roundabout revival of Twentieth Century, the 2003 revival of Gypsy (in which she played Miss Cratchit and Electra), the 2001 Roundabout revival of The Women and the 2000 Roundabout revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in
White Chocolate, The Butter and Egg Man, The Vagina Monologues, and as a founding member of Charles Busch's company, The Lady in Question and Red Scare on Sunset (for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award). She is known to TV audiences as Bitsy Von Muffling on Sex and the City.

The Lucille Lortel Award's nominating/voting committee is appointed
by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers, the Lucille Lortel Foundation and Actors Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, as well as journalists, educators and other off-Broadway theatre professionals. The awards are produced annually by the League in association with the Lucille Lortel foundation, and additional support is provided by the Theatre Development Fund. Sponsors include Ruth's Chris Steak House, Ketel One Vodka, Geyser Peak Wines, HX Magazine, Discover Card, Glaceau, TheMenEvent.com and HotNYCDeals.

Dodgers Stages is located at 340 W. 50th St., and Ruth's Chris Steak House at 148 W. 51st St.

The list of Lucille Lortel Award nominees is as followed:


Outstanding Play


After Ashley

By Gina Gionfriddo
Producer: Vineyard Theatre

Doubt

By John Patrick Shanley
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club

Going to St. Ives
By Lee Blessing

Producer: Primary Stages

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage

Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company

Orson's Shadow
By Austin Pendleton

Producer: PlanetEarth Partners and Scott Morfee

Outstanding Musical

Altar Boyz

Book by Kevin Del Aguila, Music & Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, Conceived by Ken Davenport & Marc Kessler
Producer: Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman, in association with Walt Grossman, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Matt Murphy and Mark Shacket

Junie B. Jones
Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich

Producer: TheatreworksUSA

Lone Star Love
Conceived and Adapted by John L. Haber, Music and Lyrics by Jack Herrick

Producer: Amas Musical Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Producer: Second Stage Theatre

Outstanding Solo Show

Nine Parts of Desire

Starring and Written by Heather Raffo

Produced by Manhattan Ensemble Theater

The Two and Only

Starring and Written by Jay Johnson

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company in association with Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Conley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Productions, WetRock Entertainment

Outstanding Revival

Counsellor-At-Law

By Elmer Rice

Produced by Peccadillo Theater Company

Engaged

By W. S. Gilbert

Produced by Theatre for A New Audience

Finian's Rainbow

Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, Music by Burton Lane, Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen, Translation by Christopher Hampton

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

Hurlyburly

By David Rabe

Produced by The New Group

Outstanding Director

Jo Bonney, Fat Pig

Scott Elliott, Hurlyburly

Doug Hughes, Doubt

James Lapine, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Daniel Sullivan, Intimate Apparel

Outstanding Choreographer

Christopher Gattelli, Altar Boyz

Devanand Janki, Junie B. Jones

Dan Knechtges, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Barry McNabb, Finian's Rainbow

Randy Skinner, Lone Star Love

Outstanding Lead Actor
Larry Bryggman, Romance

Ethan Hawke, Hurlyburly

Brían F. OByrne, Doubt

John Rubinstein, Counsellor-At-Law

Jeffrey Wright, This Is How It Goes

Outstanding Lead Actress

Ashlie Atkinson, Fat Pig

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel

Cherry Jones, Doubt

Judy Kaye, Souvenir

Elizabeth Marvel, Hedda Gabler

Outstanding Featured Actor
Kevin Cahoon, The Foreigner

Dan Fogler,
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeT 

Josh Hamilton, Hurlyburly

Logan Marshall-Green, The Distance From Here

Tyler Maynard, Altar Boyz
Outstanding Featured Actress
Jenn Harris, Modern Orthodox

Adriane Lenox, Doubt

Alison Pill, On the Mountain

Parker Posey, Hurlyburly

Jennifer Simard, Forbidden Broadway: SVU

Outstanding Scenic Design

Julian Crouch & Graeme Gilmour, Shockheaded Peter

Antje Ellermann, Nine Parts of Desire

Derek McLane, Intimate Apparel

Neil Patel, Between Us

Jan Versweyved, Hedda Gabler

Outstanding Costume Design

Alvin Colt, Forbidden Broadway: SVU

Anna Hannikainen, Slavas Snowshow

Kevin Pollard, Shockheaded Peter

Anita Yavich, vejk

Catherine Zuber, Intimate Apparel

Outstanding Lighting Design

Christopher Akerlind, Belle Epoque

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Dessa Rose

Jon Linstrum, Shockheaded Peter

James Vermeulen, Mr. Fox: A Rumination

David Weiner, Rodney's Wife



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