Monday, May 13, 2024

Theater: "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Stereophonic" Lead LGBTQ Critics’ Dorian Theater Award Nominations

Oh, Mary! (c) Emilio Madrid

New York, N.Y.: GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ 39 theater wing members named their favorites in New York theater for the second annual Dorian Theater Awards, this time toasting the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway for the 2023-2024 season. Like GALECA’s Dorian film and TV awards, the group's stage honors celebrate both mainstream and LGBTQ+-themed productions. 

Leading on the Broadway side with six nominations each: The new play Stereophonic by David Adjmi and the Maria Friedman-helmed revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Dorian Award have four members of the Stereophonic cast competing for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play, and three actors from Merrily We Roll Along in the run. All Dorian Award performance categories are gender neutral. 

In Off-Broadway categories, Oh, Mary!, writer-star Cole Escola’s Broadway-bound play about Mary Todd Lincoln, ruled with five nominations. Teeth, Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs’ musical about an evangelical teen girl with hidden talents, and Stephen Sondheim’s final musical, Here We Are—co-written with David Ives and adapted from two films by Luis Buñuel—each scored four nods. 

For the wing’s special new accolade, LGBTQ Theater Artist of the Season, GALECA members nominated writer/actor Cole Escola, composer Michael R. Jackson, director Michael Greif, along with actors Jonathan Groff, Sarah Paulson and Conrad Ricamora. The nominees for the group’s career achievement award, LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer, are awe-inspiring multi-hyphenate André De Shields and four distinctly legendary playwrights: Charles Busch, Christopher Durang (nominated posthumously), Taylor Mac and Paula Vogel. 

“I think we’re all actually happy to say GALECA’s members had a daunting task of sifting through so many exciting plays and musical this season,” said Cary Wong, the group’s Off-Broadway lead. “Considering Broadway alone put up 38 productions this season, New York theater has definitely bounced back from 18 months of COVID closures. From popular adaptations like The Notebook to daring new works like Lempicka, Dorian Award voters and all theater goers had plenty to rave and dish about.” 

GALECA will once again help kick off Pride Month by announcing this year's Dorian Theater Awards on Monday, June 3, 2024. 


2023 -2024 Dorian Theater Awards Nominations 


Primary Trust (c) Joan Marcus

Outstanding Broadway Play 
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding 
Just for Us 
Mary Jane 
Mother Play 
Prayer for the French Republic 

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival 
An Enemy of the People 
Purlie Victorious 

Mother Play (c) Joan Marcus

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play 
Betsy Aidem, Prayer for the French Republic 
Alex Edelman, Just For Us 
William Jackson Harper, Uncle Vanya 
Jessica Lange, Mother Play 
Leslie Odom Jr., Purlie Victorious 
Rachel McAdams, Mary Jane 
Laurie Metcalf, Grey House 
Sarah Paulson, Appropriate 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play 
Brittany Adebumola, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding 
Francis Benhamou, Prayer for the French Republic 
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Doubt 
Alex Brightman, The Shark is Broken 
Will Brill, Stereophonic 
Elle Fanning, Appropriate 
Eli Gelb, Stereophonic 
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Mother Play 
Jay O. Sanders, Purlie Victorious 
Tom Pecinka, Stereophonic 
Sarah Pidgeon, Stereophonic 
Kara Young, Purlie Victorious 

Hell's Kitchen (c) Marc J. Franklin

Outstanding Broadway Musical 
Here Lies Love 
Hell’s Kitchen 
The Outsiders 

Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival 
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club 
Merrily We Roll Along 
The Who’s Tommy 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical 
Ali Louis Bourzgui, The Who’s Tommy 
Eden Espinosa, Lempicka 
Brody Grant, The Outsiders 
Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Along 
Brian d’Arcy James, Days of Wine and Roses 
Maleah Joi Moon, Hell’s Kitchen 
Kelli O’Hara, Days of Wine and Roses 
Maryann Plunkett, The Notebook 
Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club 
Shaina Taub, Suffs 

Suffs (c) Joan Marcus

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical 
Hannah Cruz, Suffs 
Amber Iman, Lempicka 
Kecia Lewis, Hell’s Kitchen 
Nikki M. James, Suffs 
Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Monty Python’s Spamalot 
Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along 
Bebe Neuwirth, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club 
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love 
Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Along 
Ricky Ubeda, Illinoise 

Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production 
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club 
Mother Play 

Outstanding Broadway Ensemble 
Here Lies Love 
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding 
Merrily We Roll Along 

The Outsiders (c) Matthew Murphy

The Broadway Showstopper Award 
— To a standout production number or scene 
Appropriate, “Epilogue: The Plantation Decays” 
Illinoise, “Chicago” 
Lempicka, “Woman Is” 
Merrily We Roll Along, “Franklin Shepard Inc” 
The Outsiders, “The Rumble” 


The Ally (c) Joan Marcus

Outstanding Off-Broadway Production 
All the Devils Are Here 
The Ally 
The Connector 
Oh, Mary! 
Primary Trust 

Outstanding LGBTQ Off-Broadway Production 
Bark of Millions 
Eddie Izzard’s Hamlet 
Make Me Gorgeous 
Oh, Mary! 

Teeth (c) Chelcie Perry

Outstanding Lead Performance in an Off-Broadway Production 
Charles Busch, Ibsen’s Ghost: An Irresponsible Biographical Fantasy 
Nicholas Christopher, Jelly’s Last Jam 
Cole Escola, Oh, Mary! 
William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust 
Moses Ingram, Sunset Baby 
Rachel Bay Jones, Here We Are 
Alyse Alan Louis, Teeth 
Taylor Mac, Bark of Millions 
Ruthie Ann Miles, The Light in the Piazza 
Cynthia Nixon, The Seven Year Disappear 
Patrick Page, All the Devils Are Here 

Outstanding Featured Performance in an Off-Broadway Production 
Susan Blommaert, Grief Hotel 
Marylouise Burke, Infinite Life 
Bobby Cannavale, Here We Are 
Micaela Diamond, Here We Are 
Joaquina Kalukango, Jelly’s Last Jam 
Julia Lester, I Can Get it For You Wholesale 
Steven Pasquale, Teeth 
David Hyde Pierce, Here We Are 
Conrad Ricamora, Oh, Mary! 
James Scully, Oh, Mary! 
Jennifer Van Dyck, Ibsen’s Ghost: An Irresponsible Biographical Fantasy 
Anna Zavelson, The Light in the Piazza 

LGBTQ Theater Artist of the Season 
Cole Escola 
Michael Greif 
Jonathan Groff 
Michael R. Jackson 
Sarah Paulson 
Conrad Ricamora 

Ibsen's Ghost (c) James Leynes

LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award 
— For a lifelong commitment to creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity 
Charles Busch 
André De Shields 
Christopher Durang (nominated posthumously) 
Taylor Mac 
Paula Vogel 

• • • Productions With Multiple Nominations • • • 

Merrily We Roll Along - 6 
Stereophonic - 6 
Illinoise - 5 
Lempicka - 5 
Oh, Mary! - 5 
Suffs - 5 
Appropriate - 4 
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club - 4 
Here We Are - 4 
Mother Play - 4 
Purlie Victorious - 4 
Teeth - 4 
Hell’s Kitchen - 3 
Here Lies Love - 3 
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding - 3 
The Outsiders - 3 
Prayer for the French Republic - 3 
All the Devils Are Here - 2 
Bark of Millions - 2 
Days of Wine and Roses - 2 
Ibsen’s Ghost - 2 
Jelly’s Last Jam - 2 
Just for Us - 2 
The Light in the Piazza - 2 
Mary Jane - 2 
Primary Trust - 2 
The Who’s Tommy - 2 

GALECA Theater Wing members, 2023-2024 season: 
Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network, Awards Daily 
Drew Burnett Gregory, Autostraddle 
Kerensa Cadenas, Elle, Vogue, etc. 
Chris Carpenter, Rage magazine, MovieDearest 
Sam Eckmann (co-chair), Gold Derby Murtada Elfadl, The A.V. Club, Variety, etc. 
Adam Feldman, Time Out 
Brian Eugenio Herrera, #TheatreClique (Substack), etc. 
Marshall Heyman (Broadway lead), Dujour, Town & Country, etc. 
Merryn Johns (co-chair), Queer Forty 
James Kleinmann, The Queer Review 
Naveen Kumar, them, The Daily Beast 
Ryan Leeds, Metro Weekly, Manhattan Digest 
Christian Lewis, Variety, TheaterMania, etc. 
Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour, Theater Pizzazz, etc. 
Jonathan Mandell, New York Theater 
Meg Masseron, Playbill 
Abby Monteil, them, etc. 
Michael Musto, The Village Voice, etc. 
Charles O’Keefe, E! News 
Louis Peitzman, High Drama (Substack) 
Juan Michael Porter II, The Body, TDF Stages 
Juan A. Ramirez, Theatrely, The New York Times 
Mathew Rodriguez, them 
Nathaniel Rogers, The Film Experience 
Gillian Russo, New York Theatre Guide 
Patrick Ryan - USA Today 
Michael Schulman, The New Yorker 
Marcus Scott, National Black Theatre Cohort, 2023-24 
Joey Sims, Theatrely, The Brooklyn Rail, etc. 
Jose Solís, Dorian Theater Awards Diversity Liaison 
Ashley Steves, Today on Broadway podcast, Broadway Radio 
Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast 
Kyle Turner, New York Theatre Guide, etc. 
Lindsey Weber, Not Broadway (Substack), etc. 
Matthew Wexler, Q Digital 
Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter 
Cary Wong (Off-Broadway lead), Film Score Monthly, The Interested Bystander blog 
Curtis Wong, HuffPost 


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 500 members strong, GALECA reminds society that the world values the informed Q+ eye on everything entertainment. A nonprofit organization, GALECA also advocates for better pay, access and respect for entertainment journalists, especially the underrepresented.

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