The new folk opera “Hadestown,” which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop, and the Barrow Street Theater revival of the Tony-winning “Sweeney Todd” reaped seven nominations each for the Lucille Lortel Awards which salute the best of off-Broadway. The original Second Stage production of the tuner “Dear Evan Hansen” is up for four awards here and could well lead at the Tonys for its acclaimed transfer to Broadway. Among plays, both Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” and J.T. Rogers’ “Oslo” — which also both moved to the rialto this season from the Vineyard and Lincoln Center respectively — earned four bids each.
The Playwrights Horizon staging of the play “A Life” also earned four nominations with leading man David Hyde Pierce contending for these kudos for the first time while director Anne Kauffman picked up her fourth career bid. Likewise for the play “Yen,” which was staged by MCC and starred recent Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) who contends here for his leading role. Behind the scenes, “Yen” lighting designer Ben Stanton earned his fifth nomination in a row (and seventh overall).
Costume designer William Ivey Long is to be feted for his lifetime achievement while Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage will be inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre and veteran general manager Harold Wolpert will be saluted for service to the off-Broadway community. Nominees will be honored at a reception on April 26.
Winners of the 32nd annual edition of these kudos will be announced on May 7 at a ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center hosted by one-time “SNL” star Taran Killam. This year’s event will once again benefit The Actors Fund.
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