Friday, July 19, 2024

From Sondheim to Sarah Paulson, the winners of the 2024 Dorian Theater Awards

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics gave IllinoiseMerrily 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 from an LGBTQ+ perspective. 

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-with-music about an ambitious 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 each won Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play. 

Illinoise, the dance musical directed by noted choreographer Justin Peck and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury took Outstanding Broadway Musical. The tale of a young gay man wracked with trauma, Illinoise also earned Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production.

Sarah Paulson (Dorian winner 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 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, yes, Mary Todd Lincoln, while costar Conrad Ricamora triumphed as Mary’s husband, Abe. Escola was also named LGBTQ Theater Artist of the Season, making the firebrand the first honoree of this inaugural category.

GALECA’s career achievement accolade here, the LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award, went to venerable playwright Paula Vogel. 

Paula Vogel, Dorian Awards LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer winner

“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.

Winners: 2024 Dorian Theater Awards

Outstanding Broadway Musical

Here Lies Love 
Hell’s Kitchen
The Outsiders 

Outstanding Broadway Play

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

Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Merrily We Roll Along
The Who’s Tommy

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival

An Enemy of the People
Purlie Victorious

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 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 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 Featured Performance in a Broadway Play — TIE

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

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 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”

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

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

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. 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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