Monday, June 3, 2024

‘Illinoise,’ ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ and ‘Oh, Mary!’ Rule The Second Annual Dorian Theater Awards

Merrily We Roll Along (c) Matthew Murphy

New York, N.Y. (June 3, 2024): GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ 39 theater wing members gave Illinoise, Merrily We Roll Along and Oh, Mary! top honors in the group’s second annual Dorian Theater Awards, honoring the best of 2023-24’s Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, mainstream to LGBTQ+. 

The stirring and starry redo of Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s beloved tale of evolving friendships, nabbed four Dorian Awards, including Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival. Star Jonathan Groff took Best Lead Performance in a Musical, while costar Daniel Radcliffe scored two kudos: Best Featured Performance in a Musical and GALECA’s trademark Broadway Showstopper Award, the latter for his dynamic rendition of the tune “Franklin Sheppard, Inc.”

Stereophonic, David Adjmi’s new play about a fame-hungry rock band recording an album circa 1976, won Outstanding Broadway Play and Outstanding Broadway Ensemble. In a tie, the production’s costar Sarah Pidgeon and Kara Young of the lively satire Purlie Victorious both won Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play.

Illinoise, the dance musical directed by noted choreographer Justin Peck (see Stephen Spielberg’s big-screen version of West Side Story) and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury—and inspired by pop star Sufjan Stevens’ titular, semi-autobiographical album—took Outstanding Broadway Musical. The tale of a young gay man dealing with trauma, Illinoise also earned Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production. 

Sarah Paulson (who won a Dorian in 2017 for TV’s American Crime Story) won Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play for Appropriate, playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins’s searing look at a white Southern family dealing with the legacy of their recently deceased father. Appropriate, first mounted in 2013, was named Outstanding Broadway Play Revival. 

Cole Escola’s outlandish comedy, Oh, Mary!, dominated the group's Off-Broadway categories, winning for outstanding production, LGBTQ production and the division’s two performance categories. Escola managed a Dorian for his turn as Mary Todd Lincoln, while costar Conrad Ricamora triumphed as Mary's husband, Abe. Moreover, Escola—who costarred in the Dorian TV Award-nominated series Difficult People and At Home with Amy Sedaris—was named LGBTQ Theater Artist of the Season, making the firebrand the first honoree of this newly added Dorian Award. 

GALECA's career achievement accolade here, the LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award, went to venerable playwright Paula Vogel. "We're thrilled to be able to pay respect to Ms. Vogel's lifelong contributions to the American theater, as well as to her ongoing support of the LGBTQ community," said Cary Wong, the group's Off-Broadway Lead. Vogel won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999 for her play, How I Learned to Drive. Her incredible body of work includes The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ’N Throbbing, The Mineola Twins and Indecent, which garnered Vogel her first Tony nomination for Best Play in 2017. Vogel’s latest lauded play, Mother Play, currently on Broadway, counted four Dorian nominations this year.

2024 Dorian Theater Awards 

Nominees and Winners (🏆)


Stereophonic (c) Julieta Cervantes

Outstanding Broadway Play 

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

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival 

🏆 Appropriate 
An Enemy of the People 
Purlie Victorious 

Appropriate (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 

Purlie Victorious (c) Marc J. Franklin

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 (tie) 
🏆 Kara Young, Purlie Victorious (tie) 

Illinoise (c) Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Broadway Musical 

Here Lies Love 
Hell’s Kitchen 
🏆 Illinoise 
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 

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 
🏆 Illinoise 
Mother Play 

Outstanding Broadway Ensemble 

Here Lies Love 
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding 
Merrily We Roll Along 
🏆 Stereophonic 

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” 


Oh, Mary! (c) Emilio Madrid

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! 

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 

Mother Play (c) Joan Marcus

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 

Winners Tally 

Merrily We Roll Along - 4 
Oh, Mary! - 4 
Stereophonic - 3 
Appropriate - 2 
Illinoise - 2 
Purlie Victorious – 1 

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
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. Follow us @DorianAwards on social media, and find more information about who we are and what we do at GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment journalists is a core member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists organizations. 

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