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KPOP Leads the Pack in 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Award Nominations- The Full List!

KPOP Leads the Pack in 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Award Nominations- The Full List!

The Off-Broadway League today announced nominations in 19 categories for the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST. This year's event will be hosted by actors Laura Benanti and Jason Jones and will once again serve as a benefit for The Actors Fund.

For the first time, the nominations were livestreamed by Playbill, announced by previous Lucille Lortel Award recipients Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen) and Steven Pasquale (The Robber Bridegroom).

Leading the nominations this year are: KPOP, the Korean Pop musical produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company and Woodshed Collective, nominated for nine awards including Outstanding Musical; New York Theatre Workshop's play, Mary Jane, with six nominations; Bella: An American Tall Tale, from Playwrights Horizons, earned six nominations including Outstanding Musical; Signature Theatre's Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train is the most nominated revival, including Outstanding Revival. This year includes a number of individual double nominees in the same category: Bray Poor in the category of Outstanding Sound Design, Dede M. Ayite in the category of Outstanding Costume Design, and Suzan-Lori Parks in the category of Outstanding Revival. Other individual double nominees in different categories and productions include Jeanette Oi-Sok Yew, nominated for both Outstanding Lighting Design (KPOP) and Outstanding Projection Design (Relevance), and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, for her performances in The Amateurs and As You Like It, respectively.

Of particular note this year, 4 of the 5 nominated directors are women - Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline), Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane), Lila Neugebauer (Miles for Mary), and Leigh Silverman (Harry Clarke) - joining Michael Greif for The Low Road.

As previously announced, celebrated playwright Eve Ensler will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and composer Michael Friedman will be posthumously inducted onto the famed Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre. WP Theater will be awarded as an institution for their Outstanding Body of Work.

A breakfast reception honoring the nominees will take place from 10 AM - 12 PM on Wednesday, April 25, at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street, New York).

The Off-Broadway League's Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Pamela Adams, Terry Byrne, Margaret Cotter, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Danielle Karliner Naish, Michael Page, Catherine Russell, Lindsey Sag, Seth Shepsle, and Casey York) produces the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman returns to direct the Lortel Awards for the ninth consecutive year. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.
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.


2018 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Play

Cost of Living
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Written by Martyna Majok

Miles for Mary
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Written by Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Lila Neugebauer, and Stephanie Wright Thompson

Pipeline
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Written by Dominique Morisseau

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Produced by MCC Theater
Written by Jocelyn Bioh

The Treasurer
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Written by Max Posner


Outstanding Musical

Bella: An American Tall Tale
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kirsten Childs

Desperate Measures
Produced by The York Theatre Company in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo
Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg, Music by David Friedman

Hundred Days
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
By The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher

Jerry Springer - The Opera
Produced by The New Group
Music and Lyrics by Richard Thomas, Book and Additional Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas

KPOP
Produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company and Woodshed Collective
Conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim, Book by Jason Kim, Music and Lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, Immersive Design by Woodshed Collective


Outstanding Revival

f-ing A
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks

In The Blood
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis

The Government Inspector
Produced by Red Bull Theater
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Revizor by Nikolai Gogol

Torch Song
Produced by Second Stage Theater in association with Richie Jackson
Written by Harvey Fierstein


Outstanding Solo Show

Harry Clarke
Produced by Vineyard Theatre in association with Audible
Written by David Cale
Performed by Billy Crudup

Who's Holiday!
Produced by Whoville Theatrical, Scott and Jenny Beck, Jason Shaw, Ken Fakler, Drew Desky/Dane Levens, Darren Bagert
Written by Matthew Lombardo
Performed by Lesli Margherita


Outstanding Director

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Pipeline

Michael Greif, The Low Road

Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane

Lila Neugebauer, Miles for Mary

Leigh Silverman, Harry Clarke


Outstanding Choreographer

Camille A. Brown, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Bill Castellino, Desperate Measures

Byron Easley, X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

Sonya Tayeh, The Lucky Ones

Jennifer Weber, KPOP


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Sean Carvajal, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Peter Friedman, The Treasurer

Chukwudi Iwuji, The Low Road

Namir Smallwood, Pipeline

Michael Urie, Torch Song


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, The Amateurs

MaameYaa Boafo, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Carrie Coon, Mary Jane

Cristin Milioti, After the Blast

Karen Pittman, Pipeline


Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Marc Bovino, Miles for Mary

Edi Gathegi, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living

Paul Sparks, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo: Homelife and The Zoo Story

John Tufts, Pride and Prejudice


Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Vanessa Aspillaga, Amy and the Orphans

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, As You Like It

Liza Colón-Zayas, Mary Jane

Mirirai Sithole, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones

Steven Eng, Pacific Overtures

Terrence Mann, Jerry Springer - The Opera

Wade McCollum, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

James Seol, KPOP


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Abigail Bengson, Hundred Days

Ashley D. Kelley, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Julia Knitel, A Letter to Harvey Milk

Lauren Molina, Desperate Measures

Ashley Park, KPOP


Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Sean Patrick Doyle, Jerry Springer - The Opera

Brandon Gill, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Paolo Montalban, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Thom Sesma, Pacific Overtures

Jason Tam, KPOP


Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Vanessa Kai, KPOP

Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer - The Opera

Maryann Plunkett, The Lucky Ones

Myra Lucretia Taylor, The Lucky Ones

Adina Verson, The Lucky Ones


Outstanding Scenic Design

Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, KPOP

Anna Fleischle, Hangmen

Laura Jellinek, Mary Jane

Amy Rubin, Miles for Mary

Louisa Thompson, In The Blood


Outstanding Costume Design

Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale

Dede M. Ayite, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Tricia Barsamian, KPOP

Tilly Grimes, The Government Inspector

Emily Rebholz, The Low Road


Outstanding Lighting Design

Alan C. Edwards, Harry Clarke

Bradley King, The Treasurer

Ben Stanton, The Low Road

Japhy Weideman, Mary Jane

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, KPOP


Outstanding Sound Design

Mikhail Fiksel, The Treasurer

Leah Gelpe, Mary Jane

Bray Poor, The Last Match

Bray Poor, Office Hour

Brandon Wolcott, After the Blast


Outstanding Projection Design

Lucy Mackinnon, After the Blast

Alexander V. Nichols, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Brad Peterson, The Stone Witch

Hannah Wasileski, Pipeline

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Relevance


HONORARY AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award

Eve Ensler

Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee

Michael Friedman

Outstanding Body of Work

WP Theater


NOMINATIONS BY SHOW

TITLE

TOTAL

KPOP

9

Bella: An American Tall Tale

6

Mary Jane

6

The Lucky Ones

5

Pipeline

5

Jerry Springer - The Opera

4

The Low Road

4

Miles for Mary

4

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

4

The Treasurer

4

After the Blast

3

Cost of Living

3

Desperate Measures

3

Harry Clarke

3

Jesus Hopped The "A" Train

3

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

2

The Government Inspector

2

Hundred Days

2

In the Blood

2

Pacific Overtures

2

Torch Song

2

The Amateurs

1

Amy and the Orphans

1

As You Like It

1

Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo: Homelife and The Zoo Story

1

f-ing A

1

Hangmen

1

The Last Match

1

A Letter to Harvey Milk

1

Office Hour

1

Pride and Prejudice

1

Relevance

1

The Stone Witch

1

Who's Holiday!

1

X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

1

The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off-Broadway League. The Lortel Awards recognize excellence in 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. Awards may be given in the following categories: Play, Musical, Solo Show, Revival, Alternative Theatrical Experience, Director, Choreographer, Lead Actor and Actress in a Play and Musical, Featured Actor and Actress in a Play and Musical, Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Projection Design. The following honorary awards may also be given: Lifetime Achievement Award, Body of Work (awarded to an institution), the Edith Oliver 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.

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.IOBDB.com). For a listing of all 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.

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