“Stuff Happens” led the pack at the 22nd annual Lucille Lortel Awards Monday night, taking four honors for Off Broadway excellence in the 2006-07 season. Tuners “In the Heights” and “Spring Awakening” tied for the top musical prize.
Among the evening’s special honors were a lifetime achievement award for Kevin Kline and a star on the Lortel org’s Playwrights’ Sidewalk for scribe Christopher Durang.
“Stuff,” the 2006 Public Theater production of David Hare’s play about the run-up to the war in Iraq, scored honors for play, helmer (Daniel Sullivan), lead actor (Peter Francis James, who played Colin Powell) and lead actress (Gloria Reuben as Condoleezza Rice).
“Spring Awakening,” last summer’s Atlantic Theater production that became an industry fave in its Broadway transfer in the fall, won an award for lighting design (Kevin Adams) in addition to its shared award for tuner. Steven Sater wrote the book and lyrics and Duncan Sheik provided the tunes for the show, an adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about teenagers confronting sex and death.
“In the Heights,” with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes and music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also received a second award in addition to its shared win. Andy Blankenbuehler got the nod for choreography of the musical, which follows the inhabitants of an uptown Manhattan neighborhood.
“Two Trains Running,” the second in Signature Theater’s successful season of three August Wilson plays, won awards for revival and featured actor (Arthur French). Lortel wins came fast on the heels of a win Monday for the late Wilson’s final play, “Radio Golf,” for best American play from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
“No Child,” a one-woman play that will soon wrap up its yearlong run, took home the laurels for solo show. “No Child” is written and performed by Nilaja Sun, who chronicles her experience teaching in New York City schools.
The Atlantic Theater Company staging of Harley Granville-Barker’s 1905 play “The Voysey Inheritance,” adapted by David Mamet, nabbed two awards: set (Derek McLane) and costumes (Gregory Gale).
Featured actress kudos went to Sherie Rene Scott for her turn in the Signature revival of John Guare’s 1977 play “Landscape of the Body.” Award for sound design went to “columbinus,” the New York Theater Workshop presentation of a look at the 1999 Columbine High School shootings from the United States Theater Project.
Along with a lifetime achievement award for Kline (“The Seagull,” “King Lear”) and a sidewalk star for Durang (“Laughing Wild,” “Betty’s Summer Vacation”), special awards included a sustained excellence honor for fight coordinator Rick Sordelet, an award for body of work for the Classical Theater of Harlem, and kudos to the Actors’ Fund of America in recognition of the org’s 125 years of service to the legit community.
Lortel Awards were handed out in a ceremony at multi-stage Off Broadway venue New World Stages. Emcees were thesps Bebe Neuwirth and Bobby Canavale.
Written by David Hare
Produced by The Public Theater
Outstanding Musical (TIE)
“In the Heights”
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company, in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman
Outstanding Solo Show
Written and Performed by Nilaja Sun
Produced by Scott Morfee, Tom Wirtshafter and Epic Theatre Center
“Two Trains Running”
By August Wilson
Produced by Signature Theatre Company
Daniel Sullivan, “Stuff Happens”
Andy Blankenbuehler, “In the Heights”
Outstanding Lead Actor
Peter Francis James, “Stuff Happens”
Outstanding Lead Actress
Gloria Reuben, “Stuff Happens”
Outstanding Featured Actor
Arthur French, “Two Trains Running”
Outstanding Featured Actress
Sherie Rene Scott, “Landscape of the Body”
Outstanding Scenic Design
Derek McLane, “The Voysey Inheritance”
Outstanding Costume Design
Gregory Gale, “The Voysey Inheritance”
Outstanding Lighting Design
Kevin Adams, “Spring Awakening”
Outstanding Sound Design
Martin Desjardins, “columbinus”