38th Annual Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 38th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by Victoria Clark and Justin Cooley, two of the stars of last year’s Lortel Award-winning musical, Kimberly Akimbo. The 2023 Awards will be presented at the annual ceremony which will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at NYU Skirball beginning at 7:00pm. The event will once again be open to the public, with tickets available for purchase at tickets.nyu.edu or at the NYU Skirball box office Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm. As always, the Lortel Awards is a benefit for the Entertainment Community Fund and fans are encouraged to make donations at LortelAward.com. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF.

The 2023 Lucille Lortel Award nominations include a nomination for Barry Manilow’s Harmony in the category of Outstanding Musical, alongside the breakout hit Titaníque. New York Theatre Workshop’s Broadway-bound production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along earned a nomination for Outstanding Revival, as well as one for Lead Performer in a Musical, Lindsay Mendez. Performer and playwright Ryan J. Haddad received nominations for his Off-Broadway debuts as both a writer and performer, being recognized in three different categories: Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play (american (tele)visions), Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play (Dark Disabled Stories), and Outstanding Play (Dark Disabled Stories).

As previously announced, special honorees this year include Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Stephen McKinley Henderson, Playwrights’ Sidewalk inductee Ntozake Shange, and A.R.T./New York, who will be honored for their Body of Work.

The Off-Broadway League’s Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Jeremy Adams, Tisa Chang, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Danielle Karliner Naish, Kenneth Naanep, Ralph Peña, Catherine Russell, Lindsey Sag, and Casey York) and the Lucille Lortel Theatre (George Forbes, Jeffrey Shubart, Nancy Hurvitz, Alana Canty-Samuel, Maura Le Viness, and Karla Liriano) produce the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman returns to direct the Lortel Awards for the twelfth consecutive year. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

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Outstanding Play

A Case for the Existence of God

Produced by Signature Theatre

Written by Samuel D. Hunter

Dark Disabled Stories

Produced by The Bushwick Starr, presented by The Public Theater

Written by Ryan J. Haddad


Produced by Playwrights Horizons

Written by Bruce Norris


Produced by Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3

Written by Brian Watkins

Wolf Play

Produced by MCC Theater, a Soho Rep production, in collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater Company

Written by Hansol Jung

Outstanding Musical

Dreaming Zenzile

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop & National Black Theatre

Written by Somi Kakoma


Produced by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in association with Ken Davenport & Sandi Moran, Garry C. Kief, Amuse Inc., Patty Baker, Tom & Michael D'Angora, Susan DuBow, Michelle Kaplan, Mapleseed Productions, Harold Matzner and Neil Gooding Productions

Music by Barry Manilow, Book and Lyrics by Bruce Sussman


Produced by The Public Theater

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Shaina Taub


Produced by Eva Price, James L. Nederlander, Diamond Dog Entertainment LLC, Benj Pasek, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Penny Rousouli, Jodi & Howard Tenenbaum, Philip Byron, Marcia Ellis, Iris Smith, Stellar Live, Inc.

Book by Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli and Tye Blue, Music by Various Authors


Produced by WP Theater

Written by The Kilbanes


Outstanding Revival

A Bright New Boise

Produced by Signature Theatre

Written by Samuel D. Hunter


Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre Company

Written by Samuel Beckett

A Man of No Importance

Produced by Classic Stage Company

Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Merrily We Roll Along

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth

A Raisin in the Sun

Produced by The Public Theater

Written by Lorraine Hansberry

Outstanding Director

Zi Alikhan – On That Day in Amsterdam

David Cromer – A Case for the Existence of God

Robert O'Hara – A Raisin in the Sun

Whitney White – soft

Dustin Wills – Wolf Play

Outstanding Choreographer

Andy Blankenbuehler – Only Gold

Warren Carlyle – Harmony

Edgar Godineaux – The Harder They Come

Jerry Mitchell – Kinky Boots

Ellenore Scott – Titaníque

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play

Kyle Beltran – A Case For the Existence of God

Marylouise Burke – Epiphany

K. Todd Freeman – Downstate

Ryan J. Haddad – Dark Disabled Stories

Bill Irwin – Endgame

Tonya Pinkins – A Raisin in the Sun

John Douglas Thompson – Endgame


Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play

Mia Barron – The Coast Starlight

Susanna Guzman – Downstate

Ryan J. Haddad – american (tele)visions

Dickie Hearts – Dark Disabled Stories

Patrice Johnson Chevannes – Endgame

Maureen Sebastian – The Best We Could (a family tragedy)

Eddie Torres – Downstate

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical

Nicholas Barasch – The Butcher Boy

Callum Francis – Kinky Boots

Natey Jones – The Harder They Come

Somi Kakoma – Dreaming Zenzile

Lindsay Mendez – Merrily We Roll Along

Marla Mindelle – Titaníque

Jim Parsons – A Man of No Importance


Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical

Krystal Joy Brown – Merrily We Roll Along

Darren Goldstein – The Bedwetter

Nikki M. James – SUFFS

Jacob Ming-Trent – The Harder They Come

John Riddle – Titaníque

Reg Rogers – Merrily We Roll Along

A.J. Shively – A Man of No Importance


Outstanding Ensemble

The Nosebleed

Drae Campbell, Ashil Lee, Chris Manley, Aya Ogawa, Saori Tsukada, Kaili Y. Turner


Leon Addison Brown, Biko Eisen-Martin, Dharon Jones, Essence Lotus, Travis Raeburn, Shakur Tolliver, Dario Vazquez, Ed Ventura

Wolf Play

Christopher Bannow, Esco Jouléy, Brian Quijada, Nicole Villamil, Mitchell Winter

Outstanding Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty – Epiphany

You-Shin Chen – Wolf Play

dots – You Will Get Sick

Arnulfo Maldonado – A Case for the Existence of God

Clint Ramos – The Far Country

Outstanding Costume Design

Enver Chakartash – THE TREES

Sarah Laux – Wish You Were Here

Orla Long – Endgame

Qween Jean – Soft

Alejo Vietti – Titaníque

Outstanding Lighting Design

Isabella Byrd – Epiphany

Jiyoun Chang – The Far Country

Tyler Micoleau – A Case for the Existence of God

Barbara Samuels – Wolf Play

Cha See – On That Day in Amsterdam

Outstanding Sound Design

Mikhail Fiksel – How To Defend Yourself

Daniel Kluger – Epiphany

Kate Marvin – Wolf Play

Theater Mitu – american (tele)visions

Sinan Refik Zafar – LETTERS FROM MAX, a ritual

Outstanding Projection Design

Alex Basco Koch – The Orchard

Yee Eun Nam – ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME

Kameron Neal – Dark Disabled Stories

Theater Mitu – american (tele)visions

S Katy Tucker – LETTERS FROM MAX, a ritual


Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Ntozake Shange

Body of Work

A.R.T./New York

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