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GALECA reveals winners of inaugural Dorian Theater Awards
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Thursday June 1, 2023 - The 35 members of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics' theater wing announced the winners and finalists of its inaugural Dorian Theater Awards, honoring the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway for the 2022-2023 season.

Like GALECA's Dorian film and TV honors, the group's theater honors celebrate both mainstream and LGBTQ+-themed productions. The wing's members, listed below, are stage critics and / or journalists who regularly cover NYC theater for notable media outlets.

Kimberly Akimbo was a clear favorite in the Broadway categories. The new musical, by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, was the most awarded production, picking up four awards: Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical for Victoria Clark, Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical for Bonnie Milligan, and Outstanding Broadway Ensemble. Voters also demonstrated love for James Ijames' audacious new play Fat Ham, which won Outstanding Broadway Play and Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production.

J. Harrison Ghee, star of Some Like it Hot, was bestowed the LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award. The honor is given to a figure in the NYC theater industry who inspires empathy, truth and equity. Ghee recently became the first non-binary performer to receive a Tony Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Musical for their sensitive portrayal of Daphne in the toe-tapping tuner.

The group's trademark Broadway Showstopper Award, for a standout production number or scene, went to the rousing "Independently Owned" from Shucked.

In the Off-Broadway arena, GALECA members christened the parody musical Titaníque, which incorporates the songs of Celine Dion to tell a unique version of the Titanic story, as Outstanding Off-Broadway Production. Star and co-creator Marla Mindelle—who essays Dion in the play—received a performance nod.

Said wing co-chair Sam Eckmann of Gold Derby: "I'm thrilled to commence Pride Month with the first ever crop of Dorian Theater Award winners. From the gentleness of Kimberly Akimbo and Into the Woods, to boundary-pushing works such as Fat Ham and Prima Facie to the shot of serotonin that is Titaníque, our cohort of passionate journalists has uplifted the spectacular artistry that thrives in the New York theater scene."

"GALECA's Theater Wing is deeply grateful to the many productions and performers, on and off Broadway, who made voting a pleasure," said theater co-chair Merryn Johns, editor of the website Queer Forty. "We're already looking at next season with great anticipation."

Full list of Dorian Theater Awards winners and finalists:

Note: Three finalists rather than two denotes a tie in voting

Outstanding Broadway Musical

⭐ Kimberly Akimbo



Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Broadway Play

⭐ Fat Ham


Cost of Living


Outstanding Broadway Musical Revival

⭐ Into the Woods



Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Broadway Play Revival

⭐ A Doll's House


Ohio State Murders

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window


Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical

⭐ Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo


Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd

J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical

⭐ Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo


Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo

Alex Newell, Shucked

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play

⭐ Jodie Comer, Prima Facie


Jessica Chastain, A Doll's House

Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play

⭐ Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ain't No Mo'


Jordan E. Cooper, Ain't No Mo

Miriam Silverman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Outstanding Broadway Ensemble

⭐ Kimberly Akimbo


Into the Woods


The Broadway Showstopper Award

to a standout production number or scene

⭐ "Independently Owned" from Shucked


"Better" from Kimberly Akimbo

"You Coulda Knocked Me Over with a Feather" from Some Like it Hot

Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production

⭐ Fat Ham


& Juliet

Some Like it Hot

Outstanding Off-Broadway Production

⭐ Titaníque


Dark Disabled Stories


Outstanding Off-Broadway Performance

⭐ Marla Mindelle, Titaníque


K. Todd Freeman, Downstate

Ryan J. Haddad, Dark Disabled Stories

Parker Posey, The Seagull/Woodstock, NY

LGBTQ Theater Trailblazer Award

to a figure who inspires empathy, truth, and equity

⭐ J. Harrison Ghee


Jordan E. Cooper

Ryan J. Haddad

GALECA theater wing members, 2022-23:

Merryn Johns (co-chair), Queer Forty

Sam Eckmann (co-chair), Gold Derby

Marshall Heyman (Broadway lead), Town and Country, etc.

Cary Wong (Off-Broadway lead), Film Score Monthly Online, etc.

Frank J. Avella (Industry Liaison), Edge Media Network, Awards Daily

Kerensa Cadenas, GQ, etc.

Chris Carpenter, Rage magazine, etc.

Murtada Elfadl, The A.V. Club, etc.

Adam Feldman, Time Out

Brian Herrera, StinkyLulu Says podcast

James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

Naveen Kumar, Variety, etc.

Stacy Lambe, ET Online

Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour, etc.

Soraya McDonald, Andscape

Charles O'Keefe, E! News

Jonathan Mandell, New York Theater

Dan Meyer, Theatrely

Abby Monteil, them, etc.

Michael Musto, The Village Voice, etc.

Louis Peitzman, High Drama newsletter, etc.

Juan Michael Porter II, The Body, TDF Stages

Juan A. Ramirez, Theatrely

Mathew Rodriguez, them

Nathaniel Rogers, The Film Experience

Gillian Russo, New York Theatre Guide

Michael Schulman, The New Yorker

Marcus Scott, Time Out, American Theatre

Ashley Steves, Today on Broadway podcast / Broadway Radio

Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

Kyle Turner, Slant, etc.

Lindsey Weber, Not Broadway newsletter, etc.

Matthew Wexler, Queerty

Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter

Curtis Wong, HuffPost

Theater Wing Diversity Liaison: Jose Solis

Historian: Will Kohler

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