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‘Natasha, Pierre’ and ‘Here Lies Love’ Top Lortel Nominees List

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 and Here Lies Love, two innovative musicals, broke the record for most nominations for the Lucille Lortel Awards, receiving 11 each. The awards, named for the late producer, are presented by the Off-Broadway League for excellence in non-Broadway theaters. Both shows feature environmental staging. Natasha, based on a section of War and Peace, had runs in various tent-like venues built especially for the show while Here Lies Love, based on the life of the notorious Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos, will soon be returning for a second run at the Public Theater.

The Lortels will be presented on May 4 at the NYU Skirball Center in a ceremony hosted by Megan Mullalley (Will and Grace) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), soon to co-star in Annapurna, an Off-Broadway production from The New Group. Special awards will be presented to producer Robyn Goodman (Avenue Q, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and dramatist Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays at the Public Theater) who will have his name placed in a star on the Playwrights Walk of Fame in front of the Lortel Theater.

Other productions with multiple nominations include the musical Fun Home; the revival of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan; and the play Bad Jews.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

‘Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812’ is up for 11 Lortel awards this year

Here are the nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Play
Bad Jews
The Night Alive
The Open House

Outstanding Musical
Fun Home
Here Lies Love
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
What’s It All About

Outstanding Revival
Good Person of Szechwan
Hand to God
London Wall
The Model Apartment
The Weir

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Jon DeVries, Regular Singing
Peter Friedman, The Open House
Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan
Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews
Diane Davis, The Model Apartment
Carolyn McCormick, The Open House
Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated
Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Jose Llana, Here Lies Love
Kyle Riabko, What’s It All About
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Alexandra Socha, Fun Home
Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers: The Musical

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