The theater award season kicked off yesterday with the announcement of the 2011 Lucille Lortel Nominations for excellence in Off-Broadway theater. A few interesting things to note from the list:
Lincoln Center’s Other Desert Cities and Naked Angels’ This Wide Night led the pack with 5 nominations each. In an Off-Broadway world that usually puts less of a premium on star power, both shows had marquee-worthy casts led by Stockard Channing and Edie Falco. (I missed This Wide Night but Other Desert Cities was a perfectly balanced battle of theatrical wills and a rock-solid, classically-structured play.)
- It’s been a good week in the Anderson-Lopez household. Robert Lopez opened his The Book of Mormon to ecstatic reviews and now his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez has a nomination for Best Musical with In Transit. Can someone tell me what they are eating for breakfast?
- Nominations could give that extra push to a few shows hoping for big transfers. The aforementioned Other Desert Cities seems a sure thing for Broadway (if rumored cast issues can be overcome). The one to really watch is Peter and the Starcatcher. The Peter Pan prequel by Rick Elice (based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson) received 4 nominations and a rave review from the New York Times, but will it be moving on to Broadway or the big screen? Only Disney knows.
- A shout-out to Featured Actress nominee Kristen Schaal (The Coward), the Betty Boop-voiced stand-up comic, featured correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Northwestern Alumni. Go Wildcats…rahhhrrr!
Speaking of The Daily Show and Northwestern, the winners will be announced at a ceremony May 1 hosted by TDS correspondent Samantha Bee and NU-alum Zach Braff (Scrubs). Hmmmm, I’m starting to think there’s a little purple conspiracy going on here.