Culminating the 2019 Lucille Lortel Awards on May 5 in Lower Manhattan, two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light presented casting giant Telsey + Company with the honorary Outstanding Body of Work award. Recognizing Bernard Telsey’s three-plus decades of theatrical casting both On- and Off-Broadway, it was a fitting end to the evening; presented by the Off-Broadway League, the 34th annual Lortels celebrated the year’s best off the Great White Way, including plays, musicals, one-person performance, and more.
Hosted by Mike Birbiglia—himself a nominee for his solo show “The New One”—the evening’s big winner was the Classic Stage Company revival of Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Carmen Jones,” leading with four wins including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for Tony winner Anika Noni Rose and Outstanding Featured Actress.
Winning the award for Outstanding Musical was Ars Nova’s “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future,” while the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over” was awarded Outstanding Play. The latter also notched star Gabriel Ebert the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play trophy.
Other notable winners included Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her New York premiere of “Fleabag,” the one-woman show that became the basis for her Amazon Prime series of the same name; Steven Skybell for his role as Tevye in the Yiddish language production of “Fiddler on the Roof”; and George Salazar for his featured role in “Be More Chill,” which he is currently reprising on Broadway.
Also notable, with Tony Awards campaign season in full swing, a slew of this year’s nominated talent was on hand to present, including Brandon Uranowitz, Caitlin Kinnunen, Stephanie J. Block, Jeremy Pope, and Jeff Daniels.
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