Theater enthusiasts still have to wait until the end of April for this year’s Tony Award nominations, but the ceremony honoring achievements Off-Broadway, the Lucille Lortel Awards, unveiled its list of 2013 nominees today.
Leading the pack with the most nominations is the Signature Theatre revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Among the production’s six nominations is Outstanding Director for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Outstanding Lead Actor for Brandon J. Dirden, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Roslyn Ruff.
The most-nominated musical this year is Murder Ballad, a Manhattan-set rock musical about a love triangle gone wrong. Its five nominations include Outstanding Choreographer for Doug Varone and Outstanding Featured Actress for Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot).
Other notable nominees include Jake Gyllenhaal, for his New York stage debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet; America Ferrera, for her first New York stage lead role in Bethany; and Vanessa Redgrave, for her performance as a Polish holocaust survivor in The Revisionist, a play written by Jesse Eisenberg which recently extended its run to April 27.
The 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 5 at the Skirball Center in New York. As previously announced, the ceremony will also honor Todd Haimes, Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Neil LaBute, who will be inducted onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Check out the full list of nominees on the next page of this post.