Lortels give nod toward B’way fare

'Urinetown,' 'Metamorphoses' take prizes, eye Tonys

See winnersNEW YORK — The League of Off Broadway Theaters & Producers awarded “Urinetown” and “Metamorphoses” its Lucille Lortel Awards for outstanding musical and play, respectively. Mary Zimmerman, author and director of “Metamorphoses,” was named outstanding helmer.

After successful stints Off Broadway, both “Urinetown” and “Metamorphoses” transferred to Broadway theaters during the 2001-02 season. In its likely Tony Awards best-tuner race, “Urinetown” can expect to be up against “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Mamma Mia!”

“Metamorphoses” presents a more interesting case on its road from the Lortels to the Tonys. Its major competition uptown would appear to be Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” which had its world premiere on Broadway, and Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog,” which opened last summer at the Public Theater, a not-for-profit venue under the purview of the Off Broadway League.

No Lortels for ‘Topdog’

“Topdog” transferred to Broadway this spring and promptly won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama, but failed to nab a Lortel nom for either its playwright or George C. Wolfe, its director. “Topdog” received just one Lortel nomination, for thesp Jeffrey Wright. The outstanding actor award, however, went to Reg Rogers, star of Richard Greenberg’s “The Dazzle” at the Roundabout’s Gramercy Theater.

In the Lortel’s play category, “Metamorphoses” was nominated with “The Dazzle,” Horton Foote’s “The Carpetbagger’s Children,” Tony Kushner’s “Homebody/Kabul” and Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things.” For the helmer award, Zimmerman was nominated with John Rando (“Urinetown”), Bartlett Sher (“Cymbeline”) and Mark Wing-Davey (“36 Views”).

The awards ceremony is set for May 6 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in the West Village. It will be hosted by Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

And the winners are …

Play: “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman (Second Stage Theater)

Musical: “Urinetown,” music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis (Araca Group and Dodgers Theatricals, in association with TheaterDreams and Lauren Mitchell)

Revival: “Cymbeline” (Theatre for a New Audience)

Director: Mary Zimmerman, “Metamorphoses”

Choreographer: John Carrafa, “Urinetown”

Actor: Reg Rogers, “The Dazzle”

Actress: Linda Emond, “Homebody/Kabul”

Featured actor: Keith Nobbs, “Four”

Featured actress: Kathleen Widdoes, “Franny’s Way”

Scenic designer: Douglas Stein, “36 Views”

Costume designer: Elizabeth Caitlin Ward, “Cymbeline”

Sound designer: Scott Lehrer, “Franny’s Way”

Outstanding body of work: Second Stage Theater

Unique theatrical experience: “Elaine Stritch at Liberty”

Lifetime achievement: Edward Albee

Edith Oliver Award: Ruby Dee

2002 inductee, Playwrights Sidewalk: Romulus Linney

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