Lucille Lortel Awards: Tony Awards frontrunners ‘Oslo’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ win here first

Sunday’s Lucille Lortel Awards, which salute the best of off-Broadway, offered some of the leading Tony contenders a chance to practice their acceptance speeches.”Oslo,” which currently leads our odds to win Best Play at the Tony Awards, took home four awards here: Best Play, Director (Bartlett Sher), Actress (Jennifer Ehle) and Featured Actor (Michael Aronov). (Full list of Lucille Lortel Awards winners.)

And the Tony frontrunner for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” won two acting awards as well for leading man Ben Platt and featured player Rachel Bay Jones. However, it lost the Best Musical race to “The Band’s Visit,” which also claimed a prize for leading lady Katrina Lenk. (Full list of Lucille Lortel Awards winners.)

Sunday’s ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center was hosted by one-time “SNL” star Taran Killam and  once again was a benefit for The Actors Fund. Costume designer William Ivey Long was feted for his lifetime achievement while Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage was inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre and veteran general manager Harold Wolpert was saluted for service to the off-Broadway community.

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