Thursday, June 1, 2023

'Kimberly Akimbo,' 'Fat Ham,' 'Titaníque' Receives LGBTQ Critics' First Annual Dorian Theater Awards

Some Like It Hot (c) Marc J. Franklin

Victoria Clark, Jodie Comer, Marla Mindelle and J. Harrison Ghee Score in Honors Covering All of Broadway and Off-Broadway 

Thursday June 1, 2023 - The 34 members of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics' theater wing announced the winners and finalists of its inaugural Dorian Theater Awards, honoring the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway for the 2022-2023 season. 

Like GALECA’s Dorian film and TV honors, the group's theater honors celebrate both mainstream and LGBTQ+-themed productions. The wing's members, listed below, are stage critics and / or journalists who regularly cover NYC theater for notable media outlets. 

Kimberly Akimbo was a clear favorite in the Broadway categories. The new musical, by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, was the most awarded production, picking up four awards: Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical for Victoria Clark, Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical for Bonnie Milligan, and Outstanding Broadway Ensemble. Voters also demonstrated love for James Ijames’ audacious new play Fat Ham, which won Outstanding Broadway Play and Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production. 

J. Harrison Ghee, star of Some Like it Hot, was bestowed the LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award. The honor is given to a figure in the NYC theater industry who inspires empathy, truth and equity. Ghee recently became the first nonbinary performer to receive a Tony Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Musical for their sensitive portrayal of Jerry/Daphne in the toe-tapping tuner. 

The group’s trademark Broadway Showstopper Award, for a standout production number or scene, went to the rousing “Independently Owned” from Shucked

In the Off-Broadway arena, GALECA members christened the parody musical Titaníque, which incorporates the songs of Celine Dion to tell a unique version of the Titanic story, as Outstanding Off-Broadway Production. Star and co-creator Marla Mindelle—who essays Dion in the play—received a performance nod. 

Said wing co-chair Sam Eckmann of Gold Derby: "I’m thrilled to commence Pride Month with the first ever crop of Dorian Theater Award winners. From the gentleness of Kimberly Akimbo and Into the Woods, to boundary-pushing works such as Fat Ham and Prima Facie to the shot of serotonin that is Titaníque, our cohort of passionate journalists has uplifted the spectacular artistry that thrives in the New York theater scene." 

"GALECA’s Theater Wing is deeply grateful to the many productions and performers, on and off Broadway, who made voting a pleasure," said theater co-chair Merryn Johns, editor of the website Queer Forty. "We’re already looking at next season with great anticipation." 

Kimberly Akimbo (c) Joan Marcus

GALECA Dorian Theater Awards 

Note: If three finalists rather than two are listed, it denotes a tie in voting 

Outstanding Broadway Musical 

Kimberly Akimbo 

Some Like it Hot 

Outstanding Broadway Play 

Fat Ham 

Cost of Living 

Into the Woods (c) Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival 

Into the Woods 

Sweeney Todd 

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival 

A Doll’s House 

Ohio State Murders 
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical 

⭐ Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo 

Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd 
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like it Hot 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical 

⭐ Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo 

Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo 
Alex Newell, Shucked 

Prima Facie (c) Bronwen Sharp

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play 

⭐ Jodie Comer, Prima Facie 
Jessica Chastain, A Doll’s House 
Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar 
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play 

⭐ Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ain’t No Mo’ 

Jordan E. Cooper, Ain’t No Mo 
Miriam Silverman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window 

Outstanding Broadway Ensemble 

Kimberly Akimbo 

Into the Woods 

Shucked (c) Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

The Broadway Showstopper Award 
to a standout production number or scene 

⭐ “Independently Owned” from Shucked 

“Better” from Kimberly Akimbo 
“You Coulda Knocked Me Over with a Feather” from Some Like it Hot 

Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production 

Fat Ham 

& Juliet 
Some Like it Hot 

Titaníque (c) Chad David Kraus

Outstanding Off-Broadway Production 


Dark Disabled Stories 

Outstanding Off-Broadway Performance 

⭐ Marla Mindelle, Titaníque 

K. Todd Freeman, Downstate 
Ryan J. Haddad, Dark Disabled Stories 
Parker Posey, The Seagull/Woodstock, NY 

LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award 
to a figure who inspires empathy, truth, and equity 

⭐ J. Harrison Ghee 

Jordan E. Cooper 
Ryan J. Haddad 


GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and its Dorian Awards honor the best in film, television and, under its theater wing, Broadway and Off-Broadway. More than 480-members strong, GALECA seeks to remind society that the world loves the Q+ eye on everything entertainment. A nonprofit organization, GALECA also advocates for better pay and access for underrepresented entertainment journalists. 

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