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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

 
THE LORTEL AWARDS
at the New World Stages, New York

REWARDING EXPERIENCE
By David Lefkowitz

  Theater de Lys renamed the Lortel in 1981

The 22nd annual Lucille Awards for "outstanding achievement off-Broadway" will be held May 7th at midtown's New World Stages. Velma-turned-Roxie Bebe Neuwirth will co-host with Talk Radio scribe, Eric Bogosian.

The League of off-Broadway Theaters and Producers will announce the Lortel nominees April 3, at which time tickets for the ceremony will go onsale at the box office and via Telecharge.com. The annual nominees' cocktail party will take place April 23 at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Two winners have already been chosen: Christopher Durang (Adrift in Macao, Sister Mary Ignatius...), who'll get his star added to the "playwright's sidewalk" outside the Lucille Lortel Theater, and the Actors' Fund of America, which will get a special award honoring its "125 years of service."

Last year's Lortel winners included The Lieutenant of Inishmore (for its off-Broadway incarnation at the Atlantic Theater), Will Power's The Seven (which beat out Grey Gardens), with Wendy Wasserstein winning a (posthumous) lifetime achievement award

According to Lortel.org, the awards are named after Lucille Wadler , an actress whose marriage to a wealthy industrialist pushed her off the stage but allowed her to become a behind-the-scenes impresario, first building Westport, CT's White Barn Theater and then the Theater de Lys (renamed the Lortel in 1981) in Greenwich Village. Dubbed "the Queen of off-Broadway," Lortel died in 1998 at the age of 98.

 


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