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 Mindellewho essays Dion in the playreceived 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
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
Some Like it Hot
Outstanding Off-Broadway Production
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