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."
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
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
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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