The recent 2012 Lortel Awards announcements bring the excitement and creative daring of the 2011 Off-Broadway season to the forefront, with the musical Once and the play Tribes leading nominations in 14 categories. Once achieved seven nominations, while Tribes received six. This year's Lortel nominations include a fourth nomination in five years for acclaimed director David Cromer (a previous recipient of three awards in a row from 2008 through 2010), while director Sam Gold, meanwhile, makes a splash this year as a double nominee, for his direction of both Look Back in Anger, and The Big Meal. Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan also received her first Lortel Award nomination this year for Outstanding Lead Actress for her Off-Broadway debut in Through a Glass Darkly. The 2012 Lortel Special Award recipients at this year's ceremony will include Richard Frankel, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Richard Foreman, the avant-garde playwright who will be inducted onto the famed Playwrights' Sidewalk, and the highly deserving Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), for Service to Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards will be handed out on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
What's interesting, and likely, is that Once may very well sweep New York theatre awards... twice. I'm betting it will sweep the Lortels for its Off-Broadway debut at the NYTW, and it then may very well sweep this next year's Tony Awards (if word of mouth is any indication) as well, following its move to the Jacobs. For more information on this year's nominees, check out my complete list of nominees here. If you're like me, you'll no doubt be singing along to a mental performance of "Falling Slowly" -- and I have a feeling we may be singing it a lot this awards season.
Poster Image courtesy of Once