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Illinoise, Merrily We Roll Along, Stereophonic Win Dorian Awards for Theater
June 3, 2024, 7:10.00 pm ET


Photo: Illinoise

GALECA, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, gave “Illinoise,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Oh, Mary!” and “Stereophonic” its top honors in the group’s second annual Dorian Theater Awards, honoring the best of 2023-24’s Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, mainstream to LGBTQ+.

The stirring production of “Merrily We Roll Along,” Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s beloved tale of evolving friendships, nabbed four Dorian Awards, including Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival. Jonathan Groff won 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 for his dynamic rendition of the tune “Franklin Sheppard, Inc.”

Photo: Stereophonic/Julieta Cervantes

“Stereophonic,” David Adjmi’s new play about a fame-hungry 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 “Purlie Victorious” both won Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play.

“Illinoise” the dance musical directed by choreographer Justin Peck and inspired by pop star Sufjan Stevens’ titular, semi-autobiographical album of the same name took home the awards for Outstanding Broadway Musical and Outstanding LGBTQ+ Broadway production.

Cole Escola’s outlandish comedy, “Oh, Mary!,” dominated the group's Off-Broadway categories, winning for Outstanding Production and Outstanding LGBTQ production as well as earning acting awards for Escola as Mary Todd Lincoln and Conrad Ricamora as Mary's husband, Abe. Moreover, Escola was named LGBTQ Theater Artist of the Season.

Sarah Paulson 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, which was named Outstanding Broadway Play Revival.

Finally, GALECA's career achievement accolade, the LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award, went to venerable playwright Paula Vogel, represented on Broadway this season by “Mother Play.”