The musical "Once" and Stephen Karam's play "Sons of the Prophet" took the top honors at the Lucille Lortel Awards in New York on Sunday. The awards recognize excellence in off-Broadway productions and are presented by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers.
"Once" received the award for best new musical. The production, which is adapted from the popular 2006 indie film of the same name, opened at the New York Theatre Workshop before transferring to Broadway this year. The musical received 11 Tony Award nominations last week, the most of any production.
Karam's "Sons of the Prophet" won for best new play. The comedy-drama, which was produced by the Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre, tells the story of a young man dealing with physical ailments and family problems. The play was a finalist this year for the Pulitzer Prize.
The award for a revival went to the Classic Stage Company's production of "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov, which starred Dianne Wiest and John Turturro.
The acting awards included Sanaa Lathan for "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" by Lynn Nottage, and Santino Fontana for "Sons of the Prophet." "Vera Stark," a period drama about a black woman trying to break into Hollywood, is to be staged at the Geffen Playhouse next season.
Last year's Lucille Lortel winners included the musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and the play "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" by Kristoffer Diaz.
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