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The 2024 Lucille Lortel Awards Off Broadway is Alive and Well



The first theater awards show of the season was held on Sunday night May 5th at the NYU Skirball Hall. The Lucille Lortel Awards handed out 16 statuettes to the Off Broadway shows that played during the 2023-2024 season. While Broadway had 39 openings during the season Off Broadway premiered 75 shows throughout New York. The season was a diverse one with revivals of musicals and classic plays as well as fresh productions that have already landed on Broadway stages.

Marla Mindelle channels Celine Dion in Titanique – the opening number

The audience awaiting for the outcomes of the various competitions was excited and vocal in their enthusiasm as nominees were announced and recipients came to the stage. The diversity of those cheering reflected the mix of nominated shows being honored.

Presenter Jenn Colella

The evening opened with the prior year’s winner of Lead Actor in a Musical Marla Mindelle performed “I’m Alive” from Titanique, which only that day had its 750th performance. Presenters Jenn Colella and Nikki M James, both currently starring on Broadway in Suffs, after the successful run at The Public last year. Their witty banter kept this early part of the evening fresh and energized and the credited script writers, David Beach and Laura Jordan could put scribes of the Oscars to shame. The pair handed out five awards including Featured Performer Musical, Kecia Lewis (Hell’s Kitchen); Featured Performer Play, Eli Gelb (Stereophonic); Outstanding Scenic Design, Kate Noll (Wet Brain); Outstanding Projection Design Nick Hussong (Wet Brain) and a category that the Tony Committee should include in their ceremony Outstanding Ensemble for (pray). With five awards given out to four different shows it was clear that no show would be a sweep which was quite refreshing.

Presenter Nikki M James

Eden Espinoza and Michael Esper, running downtown from their matinees of LempickaandAppropriate, respectively handed out the next six awards including Outstanding Sound, Lighting and Costume as well as Choreographer, Director and Solo Show.

Presenter BD Wong

Ars Nova received the award for Outstanding Body of Work. Anne Kaufman presented the award noting that the company has fostered new talent since 2002 and has eleven different programs developing such artists as playwrights, actors, magicians, and comedians.

Interspersed in the awards a recreation of one of the dances from the Tony award winning Contact was presented with choreographer Susan Stroman introducing it to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary of its Off Broadway premiere.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Phylicia Rashad, who recalled her time acting with and being directed by this “exacting, open, demanding” professional. Humbled by the honor, he gave thanks to all the people who have inspired and helped him in his nearly four decade career.

Rosalind Chao and BD Wong were the final pair of presenters with the biggest awards of the night and, despite the excellent writing of the evening’s scripts, an improvised line by BD was definitely the funniest line of the night. (Ask anyone there to tell you what it was. I’m keeping mum).

Ten different shows were presented with at least one reward which shows the diversity of the winners is a good indication of what was produced Off Broadway this season. As was stated a number of times by the recipients and presenters, it was a difficult year for theater as New York slowly recovers from the pandemic but an evening like this gives one hope that live theater will endure with new and fresh voices and themes.

Outstanding Musical: (pray) Produced by Ars Nova and National Black Theatre, Created by nicHi douglas, with music by S T A R R Busby and JJJJJerome Ellis

Outstanding Revival: Translations Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre Written by Brian Friel

Outstanding Solo Show: All The Devils Are Here – How Shakespeare Invented the Villain Produced by Mara Isaacs, Thomas M. Neff, Willette and Manny Klausner, 42nd.Club, Daryl Roth Written and Performed by Patrick Page

Outstanding Director: nicHi douglas – (pray)

Outstanding Choreographer: Patricia Delgado and Justin Peck – Buena Vista Social Club

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play: Gabby Beans – Jonah

Award Winner Eli Gelb for Stereophonic

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play: Eli Gelb – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical: Natalie Venetia Belcon – Buena Vista Social Club

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical: Kecia Lewis – Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Ensemble: (pray) Ariel Kayla Blackwood, S T A R R Busby, Ashley De La Rosa, Tina Fabrique, Satori Folkes-Stone, Amara Granderson, Taylor Symone Jackson, Ziiomi Louise Law, Aigner Mizzelle, Gayle Turner, Darnell White, D. Woods

Outstanding Scenic Design: Kate Noll – Wet Brain

Outstanding Costume Design: Lux Haac – Manahatta

Outstanding Lighting Design: Amith Chandrashaker – The Comeuppance

Outstanding Sound Design: Ryan Rumery – Stereophonic

Outstanding Projection Design: Nick Hussong Wet Brain


Lifetime Achievement Award: Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee: Dominique Morisseau

Outstanding Body of Work: Ars Nova


Memorial Day Playlist



As you lay out by the pool, the beach, Central Park or on the sidelines of a parade, T2C offers you music to celebrate and get you in the mood.




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Happy Memorial Day From T2C



We at T2C honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. 

Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.  

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, was designated for the purpose of strewing flowers and decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. 

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. 

In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

We leave you with these thoughts 

“And for what did they die? For something money cannot buy… that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

God Bless America

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2



Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust

Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses

Outstanding New Broadway Play:

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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The Stars Showed Up Michael Greif at The New Dramatists Luncheon



The New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis honored Michael Greif, the acclaimed director of not one but three shows playing on Broadway, Days of Wine and Roses, The Notebook and Hell’s Kitchen. Tony Award-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Stacey Mindich served as honorary co-chairs.

Michael Greif

Michael Greif

Christie Brown, Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James and Emily Morse

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

New Dramatists also presented the inagural Konecky Award, named for New Dramatists’ beloved Board President Isobel Konecky and her husband, renowned entertainment attorney Ron Konecky, recognizes those in the theatre and entertainment industry, who serve the field with passion, dedication, excellence, and leadership. The inaugural Konecky Award will be presented to Concord Theatricals.

Attending were:

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Joy Woods

Jordan Tyson

John Cardoza

Betsy Aidem

Will Brill

Rick Elice

Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Hannah Greif and David Greif

Adam Pascal, Michael Greif and Daphne Rubin-Vega

Members and Creatives of Hell’s Kitchen that includes-Susan Oliveras, Lily Ling, Tom Kitt, Camille A. Brown, Michael Greif, Kecia Lewis, Desmond Sean Ellington, Badia Farha, Kristoffer Diaz, Aaron Nicholas Patterson and Oscar Whitney Jr.

Ryan Vasquez

Kecia Lewis

Camille A. Brown

Kristoffer Diaz

Schele Williams, John Cardoza, Victoria Navarro, Geoffrey Ko, Dorian Harewood, Michael Greif, Maryann Plunkett, Jordan Tyson, Bekah Brunstetter, Katie Spelman and Kurt Deutsch

Schele Williams and Michael Greif

Priscilla Lopez

Jennifer Whyte, Steven Skybell, Tom Scutt, Rebecca Frecknall, Julia Cheng and Henry Gottfried

Priscilla Lopez and Michael Greif

Henry Gottfried

Tom Scuttt

Christine Ebersole and Michael Greif

Francis Benhamou

Steven Skybell

Jennifer Whyte

Julia Cheng

Michael Greif, Christine Ebersole, Priscilla Lopez and Doug Wright

Rebecca Frecknall

Eli Gelb

David Adjmi

Corey Stoll

Alison Luff

Isabelle McCalla

Amy Ryan

Amanda Green

Eden Espinosa

Sarah Pidgeon

Shoshana Bean

Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Michael Greif and Shoshana Bean

Justin Peck

Paula Vogel and Celia Keenan-Bolger

Juliana Margulies

Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Jim Dale and Daryl Roth

Jim Dale, Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Brody Grant

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

Sarah Paulson

Leslie Kritzer

Shaina Taub and Leigh Silverman

Amber Iman

Nikki M. James

John Weidner

Jessica Hecht

Andrew R. Butler

Casey Likes

Grant Gustin

Sean Patrick Flahaven

Doug Wright

Bradley King

Jamie deRoy

New Dramatists


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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 1



The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony for the winners was held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

Current President David Gordon and  Vice President Richard Ridge welcomed everyone. There were celebrity presenters and Tony Danza proved why he is a comedy star. The first award given out was to Outstanding Video/Projections: Peter Nigrini – The Who’s Tommy.

Danza also gave out the awards to Outstanding Orchestrations Marco Paguia – Buena Vista Social Club.

Outstanding Costume Design: Linda Cho – The Great Gatsby

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play: Jessica Lange – Mother Play

Receiving the John Gassner Award for New American Play (preferably by a new playwright): Oh, Mary! and a tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play (tie): Cole Escola left a video message.

Next to present was Montego Glover who gave Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical (tie) Judy Kuhn – I Can Get It For You Wholesale

and to Thom Sesma – Dead Outlaw

Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Score Shaina Taub – Suffs

Outstanding Scenic Design (tie): Paul Tate dePoo III – The Great Gatsby

Outstanding Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt  The Outsiders

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play: Kara Young – Purlie Victorious

Next up Steve Gutenberg gave awards to Outstanding Revival of a Play: Appropriate

Outstanding Sound DesignRyan Rumery – Stereophonic

Outstanding Solo Performance: Patrick Page – All the Devils are Here

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

Tomorrow Part 2.

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