|STUFF HAPPENS (AT THE LORTELS)
|By David Lefkowitz
Published May 9 2007
| The War Room in Stuff Happens
David Hare's Stuff Happens proved the big winner at the 22nd annual Lucille Awards for "outstanding achievement off-Broadway," held May 7th at midtown's New World Stages. The political drama, staged at the Public Theater, nabbed awards for Outstanding Play, Director (Daniel Sullivan), Lead Actor (Peter Francis James) and Lead Actress (Gloria Reuben). Stuff Happens was the only production to win four prizes, though several others (including Spring Awakening, which boasted a field-leading six nominations) tied with two. The Duncan Sheik tuner tied for Outstanding Musical with In the Heights and also received an award for Kevin Adams' lighting.
Velma-turned-Roxie Bebe Neuwirth co-hosted the Lortels with Will and Grace's Bobby Cannavale (a last-minute replacement for 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.
Special Lortels were given to Christopher Durang (Adrift in Macao, Sister Mary Ignatius...), who gets a star added to the "playwright's sidewalk" outside the Lucille Lortel Theater; Kevin Kline, who earned a Lifetime Achievement Award, fight director; Rick Sordelet, who was recipient of the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence; and the Actors' Fund of America, for their "125 years of service."
According to Lortel.org, 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.
Winners of the 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards are in bold, below.
Written by David Hare
Produced by The Public Theater
The Busy World Is Hushed
Written by Keith Bunin
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Written by Christopher Shinn
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Written by A.R. Gurney
Produced by Primary Stages
In the Heights
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, and Jill Furman
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company, in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman
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
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 No Child...
Written and Performed by Nilaja Sun
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Center
Written by Thaddeus Phillips and Tatiana Mallarino in collaboration with Victor Mallarino
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Performed by Thaddeus Phillips
Written by Neil LaBute
Produced by The Public The