'Hamilton,' 'Riverside' Lead Lortel Nominations
The 12 nods garnered by Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed historical bio-musical set a new record for off-Broadway's top honors.
In what is likely to be the first of a long line of kudos for a show already being called a landmark achievement by critics, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop historical bio-musical, Hamilton, led the field Thursday with 12 nominations in the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for off-Broadway theater.
Currently in a sold-out premiere engagement at the Public Theater, the revolutionary musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton broke the record for the highest number of Lortel nominations, earning recognition in every category in which it was eligible except for scenic design.
In addition to making the cut for outstanding musical, the show scored two nods for lead actor in a musical (Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.), another for lead actress (Phillipa Soo), two for featured actor (Daveed Diggs and Brian d'Arcy James) and another for featured actress (Renee Elise Goldsberry). The production is also in the running for outstanding director (Thomas Kail) and choreographer (Andy Blankenbuehler).
Following the close of its downtown run at the Public, Hamilton will transfer almost immediately to Broadway, beginning performances on July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. However, that date puts the show after the eligibility cut-off for this season's Tony Awards, making it an early front-runner for 2016.
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Leading the non-musical field in the Lortel nominations is Stephen Adly Guirgis' vividly inhabited urban drama, Between Riverside and Crazy, which scored six nods. The play was first produced at the Atlantic Theater Company and then returned in an encore engagement at Second Stage. Its nominations include outstanding play, director (Austin Pendleton), lead actor (Stephen McKinley Henderson), featured actor (Victor Almanzar) and featured actress (Liza Colon-Zayas).
Other productions recognized with multiple nominations included Fiasco Theater's inventive stripped-down revival of Into the Woods, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company; Ayad Akhtar's thriller about an American banker held hostage by Pakistani militants, The Invisible Hand, produced by New York Theater Workshop; Jennifer Haley's drama about a dystopian future in which people live out their most unsavory fantasies online, The Nether, from MCC Theater; and the R&B superhero musical The Fortress of Solitude, by Itamar Moses and Michael Friedman, also from the Public.
The Lortels, which are the top honors for off-Broadway theater, will be presented on May 10 at NYU Skirball Center in a ceremony hosted by Anna Chlumsky and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. As previously announced, playwright Terrence McNally will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Click here for a complete list of 2015 Lucille Lortel Award nominations.