Winners of 2020 Lucille Lortel Awards: Octet, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, For Colored Girls.


Octet won best new musical, Heroes of the Fourth Turning best new play, and For Colored Girls…best revival at the 2020 Lucille Lortel Awards, which was streamed online for the first time. Full list of winners in red with an asterisk. (Watch the ceremony below)

Check out my guide to 2020 New York Theater Awards

Outstanding Play

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven”
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Is This A Room
Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie

Outstanding Musical

A Strange Loop
In The Green
Soft Power
The Secret Life of Bees



Outstanding Revival

A Bright Room Called Day
Fires in the Mirror
*for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Little Shop of Horrors
Mac Beth

Outstanding Solo Show

Bella Bella
*Dana H.
the way she spoke
We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
Where We Stand


Outstanding Director

Stephen Brackett, “A Strange Loop”
Tina Satter “Is This A Room”
Danya Taymor “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
*Annie Tippe, “Octet”
Les Waters, “Dana H.”

Outstanding Choreographer

Camille A Brown “for colored girls…”
Camille A Brown “Toni Stone”
Raja Feather Kelly, “A Strange Loop”
Sam Pinkleton “Soft Power”
*Travis Wall, “The Wrong Man”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Charles Busch, “The Confession of Lily Dare”
*Edmund Donovan, “Greater Clements”
Raul Esparza “Seared”
Hamish Linklater The Pain of My Belligerence”
Aaron Yoo “The Headlands”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Liza Colon-Zayas, “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven”
*Emily Davis, “Is This A Room”
April Mathis, “Toni Stone”
Zoë Winters, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
Kara Young, “All the Natalie Portmans”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Christopher Borg, “The Confession of Lily Dare”
Marc Bovino, “Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie”
Garcia, “Continuity”
*Francis Jue, “Cambodian Rock Band”
Ken Narasaki, “Greater Clements”’

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Okwui Okpokwasili, “for colored girls…”
Estelle Parsons, “A Bright Room Called Day”
*Michele Pawk, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
Stephanie Wright Thompson, “Mrs. Murray’s…”
Alexandria Wailes, “for colored girls…”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Jonathan Groff Little Shop of Horros
Joshua Henry The Wrong Man
Francis Jue “Soft Power”
*Larry Owens “A Strange Loop”
Conrad Ricamora Soft Power

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Eisa Davis, “The Secret Life of Bees”
La Chanze, “The Secret Life of Bees”
Beth Malone, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”
Janelle Mcdermoth, “We’re Gonna Die”
*Grace McLean, “In The Green”

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical


*Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Alex Gibson, “Octet”
Gus Halper, “Sing Street” (
Jay Armstrong Johnson, “Scotland, PA”
*John-Andrew Morrison, “A Strange Loop”

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Ashley Pérez Flanagan, “In The Green”
Ari Groover,Little Shop of Horror
L Morgan Lee, A Strange Loop
Ciara Renee, The Wrong Man
*Kuhoo Verma, Octet

Outstanding Scenic Design

*You-Shin Chen & Laura Jellinek, “Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie”
Yu-Hsuan Chen, druglordplay
Tim Mackabee, “Seared”
James Noone, “London Assurance”
Clint Ramos, “Soft Power”

Outstanding Costume Design

a tie

Dede Ayite, BLKS
Montana Levi Blanco, A Strange Loop
Oana Botez, In The Green
*Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
*Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding Lighting Design

*Isabella Byrd, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
Alan C. Edwards, “Fires in the Mirror”
Tyler Micoleau, “Socrates”
Barbara Samuels, “In The Green”
Jen Schriever, “Power Strip”

Outstanding Sound Design

Justin Ellington, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
*Mikhail Fiksel, “Dana H.”
Lee Kinney & Sanae Yamada, “Is This A Room”
Hidenori Nakajo, “Octet”
Nicholas Pope, “In The Green”

Outstanding Projection Design

Stephan Mazurek, “Mojada
Lisa Renkel and Possible, Emojiland
*Ruey Horng Sun, “The Headlands”
Hannah Wasileski, “Anatomy of a Suicide”
Hannah Wasileski, “Fires in the Mirror”



Lifetime Achievement Award
Tim Sanford, artistic director of Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
Anna Deavere Smith


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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