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Obie Awards: Off Broadway Musical ‘Fun Home’ Adds to its Trophy Haul

Is “Fun Home” the first Tony contender of the 2014-15 Broadway season? The Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical has notched a slew of prominent legit kudos in advance of its planned opening next year on Broadway, with the tuner’s latest wins coming at the 2014 Obie Awards.

The title, which had its world premiere at the Public Theater earlier this season, took home the top Obie for musical theater, honoring book writer Kron, composer Tesori and director Sam Gold. The show’s ten-year-old cast member Sydney Lucas, the youngest actor ever to receive an Obie, earned one of the night’s acting awards.

During New York’s current blitz of pre-Tony theater awards, “Fun Home” also has snagged musical honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortels and the Outer Critics.

The 2014 Obie for new American play went to Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, honored for two Off Broadway plays this season: “Appropriate” at the Signature Theater and “An Octoroon,” now running at Soho Rep. The ceremony’s other playwriting laurel went to Will Eno for “The Open House,” another show that played at the Signature earlier this season).

The Obies, which honor Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway work, have no set categories or nominations. Kudos includes thesping honors, directing and design awards and special citations.

An acting award for sustained excellence went to Marylouise Burke, while Estelle Parsons, currently nominated for a Tony for her perf in short-lived Broadway play “The Velocity of Autumn,” received the previously announced lifetime achievement medal.

The winners of the 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards are:

Performance

MARYLOUISE BURKE

sustained excellence of performance

JOHANNA DAY

Appropriate (Signature)

JOHN ELLISON CONLEE

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)

K. TODD FREEMAN

Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)

JOHN EARL JELKS

Sunset Baby (Labyrinth) / Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)

MIA KATIGBAK

Awake and Sing (NAATCO)

SYDNEY LUCAS

Fun Home (Public Theater)

CHRIS MYERS

An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)

LARRY PINE

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (SoHo Rep)

Playwriting

WILL ENO

The Open House (Signature)

Musical Theater

LISA KRON (author), JEANINE TESORI (composer), and SAM GOLD (director)

Fun Home (Public Theater)

Direction

JAMES MACDONALD

Love and Information (NYTW)

OLIVER BUTLER

The Open House (Signature)

LIESL TOMMY

Appropriate (Signature)

Design/Music

BEN RUBIN

(projections), Arguendo (Elevator Repair Service @ Public Theater)

EMMANUEL BROWN and SONYA TAYEH

(fight direction and choreography) Kung Fu (Signature)

ERIC SOUTHERN

(lighting design), The Correspondent (Rattlestick)

JUSTIN TOWNSEND

Sustained excellence of lighting design

Special Citations

MALLORY CATLETT

This Was the End (Chocolate Factory)

HEATHER CHRISTIAN (music), JIYOUN CHANG (lighting) and HANNAH WASILESKI (projections)

The World Is Round (Ripe Time @ BAM Fisher)

RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER and LUCY THURBER

The Hill Town Plays

The Ross Wetzsteon Award

ABRONS ARTS CENTER

Grants

600 HIGHWAYMEN

48 HOURS IN HARLEM

Best New American Play

BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS

Appropriate (Signature) and An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)

Lifetime Achievement

ESTELLE PARSONS

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