Monday, May 11, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON Dominates the Lucille Lortel Awards; Liza Colón-Zayas and BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Also Big Winners

Lucille Lortel Award winner
Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards were announced on Sunday May 10, 2015, recognizing the best in Off-Broadway theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton received a record-breaking ten honors (out of a record total 12 nominations) including Outstanding Musical. It had a clean sweep in the four acting categories, as well as with wins for direction, choreography, and design (lighting, costume and sound). In fact, the only nominees from Hamilton who didn't win Lortel Awards lost out to other Hamilton nominees. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Between Riverside and Crazy (written by Stephen Adly Guirgis) also led the pack with three wins including one for Outstanding Play. The Awards were held at the Skirball Center, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Anna Chlumsky hosting.

Lucille Lortel Award winner
Liza Colón-Zayas.
In addition to winning for Outstanding Musical, Miranda (who wrote Hamilton's book, music and lyrics) also won an award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. HOLA member Liza Colón-Zayas also picked up a Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her work in Between Riverside and Crazy (her co-star Stephen McKinley Henderson also picked up an award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play).

The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were created in 1985 by the Off-Broadway League. For further information, click here.

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