KPOP, “School Girls,” ‘Cost of Living,” and “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” Take Top Honors at Lortel Awards

Laura Benanti and Jeremy Shamos hosted the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at the NYU Skirball Center last night.

The cast of KPOP (© Ben Arons)
The cast of KPOP (© Ben Arons)

KPOP presented by Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, was named Outstanding Musical and scored acting wins for Ashley Park (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical) and Jason Tam (Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical).

Jason Tam as Epic, the leader of the boy band F8, in KPOP. (© Ben Arons)
Jason Tam as Epic, the leader of the boy band F8, in KPOP. (© Ben Arons)

KPOP, an immersive musical set in a Korean pop music factory where stars are made—or broken, recently received the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, a Studio Production Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other nominations include: a Drama League Nomination for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Musical;  2018 Off Broadway Alliance for Best Unique Theatrical Experience; and 7 2018 Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Ashley Park, Outstanding Director of a Musical – Teddy Bergman, Outstanding Music – Helen Park, Max Vernon, Outstanding Lyrics – Helen Park, Max Vernon, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Will Pickens, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical – Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. 

Ashley Park in KPOP. Photo: Ben Arons.
Ashley Park in KPOP. Photo: Ben Arons.

KPOP was conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim (The Model American, HBO’s “Girls”), features a book by Kim, music & lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, immersive design by Woodshed Collective, direction by Teddy Bergman, and choreograph by Jennifer Weber.

KPOP’s James Seol, Ashley Park, Jason Tam, Vanessa Kai Among 9 2018 Lucille Lortel Nods, including Outstanding Musical 

Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Paige Gilbert in SCHOOL GIRLS. Joan Marcus
Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, and Paige Gilbert in SCHOOL GIRLS. Joan Marcus

There was a tie in the Outstanding Play category with MCC Theater’s production of Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, also winning in the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play category for Mirirai Sithole, and Pulitzer Prize winning playCost of Living by Martyna Majokproduced by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, taking home Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Award for Gregg Mozgala.

Jocelyn Bioh’s “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” Receives 2018 Drama Desk Ensemble Award and Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Off Broadway Alliance Nominations 

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre’s revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train won Outstanding Revival, with Sean Carvajal winning the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.

Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi of “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” to Receive Special 2018 Drama Desk Award 

Congrats to all the winners.

Outstanding Solo Show
Harry Clarke
Produced by Vineyard Theatre in association with Audible
Written by David Cale, performed by Billy Crudup

Outstanding Director
Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane

Outstanding Choreographer
Sonya Tayeh, The Lucky Ones

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Damon Daunno, The Lucky Ones

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer – The Opera

Outstanding Scenic Design
Louisa Thompson, In The Blood

Outstanding Costume Design
Dede M. Ayite, Bella: An American Tall Tale

The company of BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE. Photo by Joan Marcus
The company of BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Lighting Design
Alan C. Edwards, Harry Clarke

Outstanding Sound Design
Leah Gelpe, Mary Jane

Outstanding Projection Design
Hannah Wasileski, Pipeline

Honorary Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Eve Ensler

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
Michael Friedman

Outstanding Body of Work
WP Theater

2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced including KPOP, “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” “Mary Jane,” “The Lucky Ones,” “Pipeline,” “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” and “Pacific Overtures” 

KPOP by Jason Kim, Helen Park, Max Vernon, and Woodshed Collective and GUN & POWDER by Ross Baum and Angelica Chéri Receive 2018 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater

Chatting with VIETGONE Star James Seol 

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