Lucille Lortel Award Nominations 2023. Off Broadway’s Best

Below are the nominations for the 38th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway.  Winners will be presented at the annual ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at NYU Skirball

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


Wolf Play6
A Case for the Existence of God5
Dark Disabled Stories4
Merrily We Roll Along4
american (tele)visions3
The Harder They Come3
A Man of No Importance3
A Raisin in the Sun3
Dreaming Zenzile2
The Far Country2
Kinky Boots2
On That Day in Amsterdam2
The Bedwetter1
The Best We Could (a family tragedy)1
A Bright New Boise1
The Butcher Boy1
The Coast Starlight1
How To Defend Yourself1
The Nosebleed1
ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME1
Only Gold1
The Orchard1
Wish You Were Here1
You Will Get Sick1

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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