Lucille Lortel Awards: ‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ Score Big

Rajiv Joseph’s play “Guards at the Taj,” seen at the Atlantic Theater Company last year, and the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “The Robber Bridgeroom” led the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards, with “Guards at the Taj” taking four awards and “Robber Bridgegroom” snagging three.

“Grounded,” the solo show starring Anne Hathaway, and “Eclipsed” director Liesl Tommy also were among those singled out for honors at the awards, which recognize Off Broadway work during the past season. Although “The Humans,” the Off Broadway title that transferred to Broadway earlier this year, led the nominations list, the production didn’t take home any Lortels.

The trophies were handed out in a May 1 ceremony hosted by Zachary Levi, currently starring on Broadway in “She Loves Me.” The complete list of 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards follows.


Outstanding Play

Guards at the Taj

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Written by Rajiv Joseph

Outstanding Musical


Produced by Soho Rep. and Ars Nova in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays

Music by Cesar Alvarez with The Lisps, Lyrics and Book by Cesar Alvarez

Outstanding Revival 

The Robber Bridegroom

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Daryl Roth

Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman

Outstanding Solo Show


Produced by the Public Theater

Outstanding Director

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Outstanding Choreographer

Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Timothee Chalamet, Prodigal Son

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Steven Pasquale, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Alana Arenas, Head of Passes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Jeffrey Kuhn, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Scenic Design

Tim Mackabee, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Costume Design

Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Lighting Design

David Weiner, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Sound Design

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the Taj


Peter Nigrini, Projection Design, Grounded

 Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience

Angel Reapers, Produced by Signature Theatre


Lifetime Achievement Award

James Houghton

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Suzan-Lori Parks


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