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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at New World Stages

By David Lefkowitz
Published May 7 2007

  Bebe Neuwirth

The 22nd annual Lucille Awards for "outstanding achievement off-Broadway" will be held tonight, May 7th, at midtown's New World Stages. Velma-turned-Roxie Bebe Neuwirth will co-host with Talk Radio scribe, Eric Bogosian.

The League of off-Broadway Theaters and Producers announced the Lortel nominees April 3; the annual nominees' cocktail party took place April 23 at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Leading the nominees with six nods is the musical Spring Awakening, with Stuff Happens and The Voysey Inheritance close behind with five each.

Some winners have already been chosen: Christopher Durang(Adrift in Macao, Sister Mary Ignatius...), will get his star added to the "playwright's sidewalk" outside the Lucille Lortel Theater, Kevin Kline nabs a Lifetime Achievement Award, fight director Rick Sordelet earns the Edith Oliver Aawrd for Sustained Excellence, and the Actors' Fund of America will get a special award honoring its "125 years of service."

Last year's Lortel winners included The Lieutenant of Inishmore (for its off-Broadway incarnation at the Atlantic Theater), Will Power's The Seven (which beat out Grey Gardens), with Wendy Wasserstein winning a (posthumous) lifetime achievement award

According to, the awards are named after Lucille Wadler, an actress whose marriage to a wealthy industrialist pushed her off the stage but allowed her to become a behind-the-scenes impresario, first building Westport, CT's White Barn Theater and then the Theater de Lys (renamed the Lortel in 1981) in Greenwich Village. Dubbed "the Queen of off-Broadway," Lortel died in 1998 at the age of 98.

Outstanding Play

The Busy World Is Hushed
Written by Keith Bunin
Produced by Playwrights Horizons

Dying City
Written by Christopher Shinn
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater

Indian Blood
Written by A.R. Gurney
Produced by Primary Stages

Stuff Happens
Written by David Hare
Produced by The Public Theater

Outstanding Musical

Gutenberg! The Musical!
Written by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Produced by Trevor Brown, Ron Kastner, Terry Allen Kramer, Joseph Smith, in association with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

In the Heights
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, and Jill Furman

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company, in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman

Striking 12
Book, Music and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda
Produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs and Greg Schaffert, in association with Mark Johannes and Amy Danis

Outstanding Solo Show

¡El Conquistador!
Written by Thaddeus Phillips and Tatiana Mallarino in collaboration with Victor Mallarino
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Performed by Thaddeus Phillips

No Child...
Written and Performed by Nilaja Sun
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Center

Written by Neil LaBute
Produced by The Public Theater
Performed by Ed Harris

Outstanding Revival

King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Landscape of the Body
By John Guare
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Two Trains Running
By August Wilson
Produced by Signature The


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