Monday, May 27, 2024

Queer theatre critics association announces nominations for Dorian Theater Awards

Did you know there is a queer critics’ association keeping its queer eyes on Broadway and Off Broadway and making sure that the most relevant and remarkable theater productions and talent get their flowers? GALECA’s Dorian Theater Awards can reveal the nominations for 2023-2024 season!

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 theater group, which is co-chaired by Merryn Johns and Sam Eckmann, was set up two years ago to honor both mainstream and LGBTQ+-themed productions. While it’s a widely-acknowledged cultural truth that there is an abundance of LGBTQ+ talent onstage, backstage and waiting in the wings, New York City thus far has lacked a critics’ group with an avowed ‘queer eye’. But not any more! This year, as last, there are plenty of shows to celebrate queer talent and trailblazers.

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, playwright-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.”

“It gave me so much pleasure to see diverse historical and contemporary queer representation on Broadway mainstages this year with Suffs, Lempicka, Cabaret, and Mother Play, just to note a few of the highlights from this season, in addition to the rich experimentalism and risk-taking of Off-Broadway’s Cole Escola and the legendary Charles Busch. We are thrilled that our organization is up and on its feet and tracking every year with applause and maybe even a standing ovation or two,” said GALECA theater wing co-chair Merryn Johns.

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

2024 Dorian Theater Awards nominees:

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 

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: 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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