Off Broadway’s Lortel Awards Like ‘Here Lies Love,’ ‘Fun Home’ and ‘The Open House’ (COMPLETE LIST)

Here Lies Love,” the immersive staging of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim tuner about Imelda Marcos, got up and walked away with five Lucille Lortel Awards, the New York legit industry’s Off Broadway-centric kudofest.

The musical didn’t, however, pick up the Lortel’s top musical prize; that laurel went to “Fun Home,” the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical that played at the Public Theater earlier this season and will likely reappear on Broadway next season. Will Eno, overlooked by the Tonys for his play “The Realistic Joneses,” nabbed the outstanding play Lortel for “The Open House” at the Signature Theater.

The haul for “Here Lies Love” (pictured above) — which played an acclaimed nonprofit run at the Public prior to its current, commercial incarnation in the same theater — included one for helmer Alex Timbers, notably overlooked by the Tony committee for his staging of “Rocky.” The title also won for lead musical actress (Ruthie Ann Miles), lights (Justin Townsend), sound (M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer) and costumes (Clint Ramos), the later award shared with Paloma Young for her work on another immersive Off Broadway buzzmagnet, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”

“Great Comet” earned a total of three gongs, including featured musical actor (Lucas Steele) and set design (Mimi Lien). “Fun Home” also took home a trio of trophies, including lead musical actor (Michael Cerveris) and featured musical actress (Judy Kuhn).

“Buyer and Cellar,” the single-actor comedy that originally starred Michael Urie, took the prize for solo show.

The Lortel awards were handed out May 4 in a ceremony hosted by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, current appearing Off Broadway in the New Group’s “Annapurna.”

And the winners of the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards are:

Outstanding Play 

The Open House

Produced by Signature Theatre

Written by Will Eno

Outstanding Musical

Fun Home

Produced by The Public Theater

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron

Based on the Alison Bechdel book

Outstanding Revival

Good Person of Szechwan

Produced by The Foundry Theatre

Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translation by John Willett

Outstanding Solo Show

Buyer & Cellar

Produced by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, Ted Snowdon, Daryl Roth, Martin Massman, Pat Flicker Addiss, Doug Nevin, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Andrew Tobias, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Written by Jonathan Tolins

Performed by Michael Urie

Outstanding Director

Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Choreographer

Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Steven Boyer, Hand to God

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Judy Kuhn, Fun Home

Outstanding Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Costume Design (*TIE)

*Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love

*Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Lighting Design

Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Sound Design

M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love


Lifetime Achievement Award

Robyn Goodman

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Richard Nelson

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