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‘Oslo’, ‘The Band’s Visit’ Top Off-Broadway’s Lortel Awards

Deadline logo Deadline 5/8/2017 Jeremy Gerard
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The Middle East dominated Sunday night’s Lucille Lortel Awards, as Lincoln Center Theater’s original off-Broadway production of Oslo, and the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of the musical The Band’s Visit took the top prizes. Named for the prolific late producer whose Greenwich Village theater bears her name, the Lortels are awarded for outstanding achievement in nonprofit and commercial off-Broadway venues. Winners were named in 19 categories, along with three honorary awards, in a ceremony at NYU Skirball Center hosted by ex-SNL cast member Taran Killam. This year’s event was once again a benefit for The Actors Fund.

Oslo, which has since moved to the Vivian Beaumont Theater and has multiple Tony Award nominations including best play, concerns the secret negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. The Band’s Visit, which was one of the most acclaimed musicals of last season, concerned an Egyptian military band’s unexpected overnight stay at a remote Israeli town. A site-specific revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’sSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was named best revival.

Here are the 2017 Lortel winners:

Outstanding Play


Produced by Lincoln Center Theater

Written by J.T. Rogers

Outstanding Musical

The Band’s Visit

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Itamar Moses, Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin

Outstanding Revival

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Produced by Rachel Edwards, Jenny Gersten, Seaview Productions, Nate Koch, Fiona Rudin, Barrow Street Theatre, Jean Doumanian, Rebecca Gold, and Tooting Arts Club

Outstanding Solo Show

Notes From The Field

Produced by Second Stage Theatre and American Repertory Theater

Created, Written and Performed by Anna Deavere Smith

Outstanding Director

Bartlett Sher, Oslo

Outstanding Choreographer

David Dorfman, Indecent

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Jennifer Ehle, Oslo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Aronov, Oslo

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Randy Graff, The Babylon Line

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Joel Perez,Sweet Charity

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Scenic Design

Laura Jellinek, A Life

Outstanding Costume Design

Susan Hilferty, Love, Love, Love

Outstanding Lighting Design

Mark Barton, Signature Plays: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning, Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro

Outstanding Sound Design

Mikhail Fiksel, A Life

Outstanding Projection Design

Jared Mezzocchi, Vietgone

Honorary Awards

Lifetime Achievement: Costume designer William Ivey Long

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee: Lynn Nottage

Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Harold Wolpert


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