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Awards Update: Lortels, Bistros, Macs Set Dates.

By: David Sheward

February 24, 2024: The 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards—honoring excellence in the Off-Broadway theater—will be handed out in the annual ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 7PM at NYU Skirball. Special Award recipients for 2024 have also been announced. The Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF.

By: David Sheward

February 24, 2024: The 39th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards—honoring excellence in the Off-Broadway theater—will be handed out in the annual ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 7PM at NYU Skirball. Special Award recipients for 2024 have also been announced. The Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lortels.

Special Award honorees include actor-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues, Jitney) for Lifetime Achievement; Dominique Morriseau (Skeleton Crew, Sunset Baby) will receive the Playwrights Sidewalk Honor outside the Lucille Lortel Theater; and Ars Nova for Outstanding Body of Work. 

Nominees for the Lortels will be announced on April 4 and there will be a Nominees Breakfast on April 17. The Lortels are presented for Off-Broadway work from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee (though no members’ names are listed in the press release or on the Lortels’ website.)

The event will, as always, be open to the public, with tickets available for purchase beginning April 4 at tickets.nyu.edu or at the NYU Skirball box office Tuesday – Saturday 12pm–6pm. As always, the Lortel Awards is a benefit for the Entertainment Community Fund and fans are encouraged to make donations at LortelAwards.org.

Steve Hayes of Tired Old Queen at the Movies will host the Bistro Awards.

Bistro Awards: In other award news, the Bistro Awards for excellence in cabaret will be handed out on April 1 at the Gotham Comedy Club in a ceremony hosted by Steve Hayes of the long-running YouTube series Tired Old Queen at the Movies (which I absolutely love.)

Comedian Robert Klein (Grace’s father on Will and Grace, The Sisters Rosensweig, They’re Playing Our Song) will be presented with Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. Klein starred on a now-forgotten summer replacement CBS series in 1970 called Comedy Tonight which also featured Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle and Judy Graubart. Julie Gold will be given a special award for being an Iconic Singer-Songwriter-Raconteur. 

Other Bistro winners include Amber Gray, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Mack, Wendy Scherl, Jason Henderson, Margaret Curry, Roberto Araujo, Elvira Tortora, Lisa Vroman, David Dean Bottrell, Jason Henderson, Maud Hixson, and Linda Kahn. Tickets are available to the general public at BistroAwards.com.

The April 1 gala which will include performances by the honorees will be directed by Gerry Geddes for the third time, with Daryl Kojak to serve as musical director. The evening will also feature Ritt Henn on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums.

The Bistro Awards ceremony is produced by Sherry Eaker, with Mark Dundas Wood serving as associate producer and Mary Lahti as assistant producer. 

Vivian Reed will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MAC Awards.

MAC Awards: Speaking of awards for cabaret, the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Awards will take place on April 15 at 7pm at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. At the event, MAC will present Lifetime Achievement Awards to three industry luminaries: Broadway theater veteran, cabaret artist, and educator Vivian Reed (Marie Christine, Sophisticated Ladies, Bubbling Brown Sugar); Broadway star, director, and cabaret artist Lee Roy Reams (Applause, 42nd Street); and multi-award-winning sound and lighting designer Jean-Pierre Perreaux.

The MAC Awards show is produced by Julie Miller and directed by Amy Wolk. The musical director and leader of the MAC Awards Band will be Dan Pardo.

Tickets are available at https://www.symphonyspace.org/events/vp-the-38th-annual-mac-awards

2023-24 Broadway/Off-Broadway/Theater Awards Schedule and Beyond

Winter 2023-24

Feb. 26–The Seven Year Disappear (The New Group/Signature Center)

Feb. 26–Pericles (CSC)

Feb. 27–The Ally (Public)

Feb. 28–Brooklyn Laundry (MTC/City Center Stage I)

Spring 2024

March 2–Illinoise (Park Ave. Armory)

March 7–Doubt: A Parable (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

March 7–Tuesdays with Morrie (Sea Dog Theater)

March 10–Dead Outlaw (Audible/Minetta Lane)

March 11–Corruption (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

March 12–Teeth (Playwrights Horizons)

March 13–The Effect (The Shed/Griffin Theater)

March 14–The Notebook (Schoenfeld)

March 14–Ibsen’s Ghost (Primary Stages/59E59)

March 18–An Enemy of the People (Circle in the Square)

March 21–Water for Elephants (Imperial)

March 24–Philadelphia, Here I Come (IRT)

March 28–The Who’s Tommy (Nederlander)

April 1–Brynolf & Ljung in Stalker (New World Stages)

April 1–Bistro Awards (Gotham Comedy Club)

April 2–Orlando (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April 2–Fish (Keen Co./Working Theater/Theater Four) 

April 4–Lortel Award nominees announced

April 5–Macbeth (an undoing) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

April 11–The Outsiders (Jacobs)

April 11–Jordans (Public) (previews begin; opening TBA)

April 12–Staff Meal (previews begin; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

April 14–Lempicka (Longacre)

April 15–MAC Awards (Peter Norton Symphony Space)

April 16–Sally & Tom (Public Theater)

April 17–The Wiz (Marquis)

April 18–Suffs (Music Box)

April 19–Stereophonic (Golden)

April 20–Hell’s Kitchen (Shubert)

April 20/21–Cabaret (August Wilson)

April 22–The Heart of Rock and Roll (James Earl Jones)

April 22–Patriots (Barrymore)

April 22–Outer Critics Circle nominations announced

April 22–Drama League nominations announced (NY Library for the Performing Arts)

April 23–Mary Jane (MTC/Friedman) 

April 24–Uncle Vanya (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–Mother Play (Second Stage/Hayes)

April 25–The Great Gatsby (Broadway)

April 26–Chita Rivera Award nominations announced

April 29–Drama Desk Award nominations announced

April 30–Tony Nominations Announced

April 30–Three Houses (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April–Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW)

May 2–Wine in the Wilderness (previews begin; opening TBA) (CSC)

May 5–Lortel Awards (NYU Skirball)

May 13–Outer Critics Circle winners announced

May 17–Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)

May 20–Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony (NYU Skirball)

May 23–Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony 

Summer 2024

June 5–Home (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

June 10–Drama Desk Awards

June 10–Theater World Awards

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

June 16–Tony Awards (David Koch Theater/Lincoln Center)

June 20–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

TBA–All of Me (The New Group/Signature Center)

2024

Sunset Boulevard

Fall 2024

The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Winter 2024-25

English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2024-25

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)

Our Town

Smash

Tammy Faye

Spring 2025

The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Future–Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Death Becomes Her; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; The Interestings; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Pal Joey; Purple Rain; The Queen’s Gambit; Rear Window; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Queen of Versailles; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; What a Wonderful World; Working Girl.

2023-24 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays:

The Cottage

Grey House

I Need That

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mother Play

Patriots

Prayer for the French Republic

The Shark Is Broken

Stereophonic

New Musicals:

Back to the Future

Days of Wine and Roses

The Great Gatsby

Harmony

The Heart of Rock and Roll

Hell’s Kitchen

How to Dance in Ohio

Lempicka

The Notebook

Once Upon a One More Time

The Outsiders

Suffs

Water for Elephants

Play Revivals:

Appropriate

Doubt: A Parable

An Enemy of the People

Mary Jane

Purlie Victorious

Uncle Vanya

Musical Revivals:

Cabaret

Gutenberg! The Musical

Here Lies Love

Merrily We Roll Along

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The Who’s Tommy

The Wiz

Solos/Specialties:

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Melissa Etheridge: My Window