Ferguson & Chlumsky to host 30th Lucille Lortel Awards


The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway have now revealed the co-hosts of this year’s 30th Anniversary ceremony. Emmy Award nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Anna Chlumsky will present the awards at NYU Skirball on 10 May 2015. The Awards reception will be held beforehand for nominees on 20 April 2015.

The Off-Broadway League have announced that this year the awards will include the Lifetime Achievement Award for acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally, along with the Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award for veteran general manager Nancy Nagel Gibbs, and writer and composer Jeanine Tesori will be inducted onto the Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre itself.

The 2014-2015 off-Broadway season ends on 31 March 2015, and nominations for the awards will be announced on 2 April 2015.

The voting committee is comprised of representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is perhaps best known for his recurring TV role on 'Modern Family,' which has earned him 5 Emmy nominations in total. He has appeared on the Broadway stage in 'On the Town,' and 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' and his many off-Broadway credits include 'Where Do We Live?' 'Little Fish,' 'Newyorkers,' and the Shakespeare in the Park productions of 'The Comedy of Errors,' 'The Winter's Tale,' 'The Merchant of Venice,' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

Anna Chlumsky rose to fame as a child star in 1991 alongside Macaulay Culkin in 'My Girl.' Nowadays she is perhaps best known for her TV role as Amy Brookheimer on 'Veep,' as well as the 2009 film 'In The Loop.' She recently made her Broadway debut in 'You Can't Take It With You,' and will star alongside Renée Fleming and Jerry O'Connell in the upcoming Broadway comedy 'Living On Love.' Her off-Broadway credits include 'So Help Me God!' and 'Unconditional.'

- by Tom Millward

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