KIMBERLY AKIMBO, ENGLISH Win Top Prizes at 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards


Kimberly Akimbo and English | Photos: Ahron R. Foster

Dan Meyer
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May 2, 2022 9:48 AM

Kimberly Akimbo and Oratorio For Living Things won three awards apiece May 1 at the 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards. The honors, celebrating the best of Off-Broadway in the 2021-2022 season, were handed out at the NYU Skirball Center in a return to in-person ceremonies.

Winning Outstanding Musical, along with Lead Performer in a Musical for Victoria Clark, and Featured Performer in a Musical for Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo positioned itself as one of the hottest tickets on Broadway for the fall season.

Taking home Outstanding Play was Sanaz Toossi’s English; additional big prize winners were Shannon Tyo (The Chinese Lady) for Lead Performer in a Play and Francis Benhamou (Prayer for the French Republic) for Featured Performer in a Play. Oratorio For Living Things scored Outstanding Ensemble, Director of a Play, and Sound Design.

As previously announced, special honorees this year included Deirdre O’Connell, who was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Heidi Schreck; and David Henry Hwang, who was inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk by Jeanine Tesori.

Outstanding Play
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theatre Company
Written by Sanaz Toossi

Outstanding Musical
Kimberly Akimbo
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Outstanding Revival
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Anna Deavere Smith

Kristina Wong | Photo: Joan Marcus

Outstanding Solo Show
Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Written and Performed by Kristina Wong

Outstanding Director
Lee Sunday Evans – Oratorio For Living Things

Outstanding Choreographer
Bill T. Jones – Black No More

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play
Shannon Tyo – The Chinese Lady

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play
Francis Benhamou – Prayer for the French Republic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical
Victoria Clark – Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical
Bonnie Milligan – Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Ensemble
Oratorio For Living Things
Johnny Butler, Kirstyn Cae Ballard, Jane Cardona, Sean Donovan, Carla Duren, Clérida Eltimé, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Brian Flores, Odetta Hartman, Quentin Oliver Lee, Angel Lozada, Divya Maus, Barrie Lobo McLain, Ben Moss, John Murchison, Onyie Nwachukwu, Dito Van Reigersberg, Peter Wise

Outstanding Scenic Design
Adam Rigg – On Sugarland

Outstanding Costume Design
Gregory Gale – Fairycakes

Outstanding Lighting Design
Isabella Byrd – Sanctuary City

Outstanding Sound Design
Nick Kourtides – Oratorio For Living Things

Outstanding Projection Design
Shawn Duan – Letters of Suresh

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.