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The month of May in New York might have started with Spring showers, but congratulatory flowers are due to a couple of our Broadway Black faves.

The Lucille Lortel Awards honor excellence in Off-Broadway Theatre and on Sunday May 1, 2016 the results came in and the trophies were handed out. Here at Broadway Black, we were especially excited to see nods given to Head of Passes, Eclipsed, Familiar, and Sojourners.

We were blown away by Phylicia Rashad’s masterclass-like and spiritually fulfilling performance as “Shelah” in Head of Passes. Praise was given where it was due, as she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. Alana Arenas, who starred as “Cookie” in Head of Passes, won Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.

Liesl Tommy, part of the history making creative team of Eclipsed, took home the trophy for Outstanding Director. As previously reported, Suzane-Lori Parks was inducted into the Playwrights’ sidewalk for her long standing and continued contributions to Off Broadway Theatre.

The night was hosted by Zachary Levi, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical She Loves Me. Guards at The Taj and The Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of The Robber Bridegroom led the night, with Guards at the Taj winning four Lucille Lortel Awards and The Robber Bridegroom, three.

Our Broadway Black favorites Cynthia Erivo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Renee Elise Goldsberry, stopped by to present. History has its eyes on all three ladies for the rest of award season. Stay tuned for news on how this awards season pans out.


Tony Nominations: 5/3/16

Drama League Awards: 5/20/16

Obie Awards: 5/23/16

Outer Critics Awards: 5/27/16

Drama Desk Awards: 6/5/16

Tony Awards: 6/13/16

The full list of 2016 Lucille Lortel Award winners are listed below.

Outstanding Play

Guards at the Taj

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Written by Rajiv Joseph

Outstanding Musical


Produced by Soho Rep. and Ars Nova in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays

Music by Cesar Alvarez with The Lisps, Lyrics and Book by Cesar Alvarez

Outstanding Revival

The Robber Bridegroom

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Daryl Roth

Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman

Outstanding Solo Show


Produced by the Public Theater

Outstanding Director

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Outstanding Choreographer

Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Timothee Chalamet, Prodigal Son

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Steven Pasquale, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Alana Arenas, Head of Passes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Jeffrey Kuhn, Southern Comfort

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Scenic Design

Tim Mackabee, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Costume Design

Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Lighting Design

David Weiner, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Sound Design

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the Taj


Peter Nigrini, Projection Design, Grounded

Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience

Angel Reapers, Produced by Signature Theatre


Lifetime Achievement Award

James Houghton

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Suzan-Lori Parks

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