Lucille Lortel Award nominations give Tony hopefuls ‘Be More Chill,’ Heidi Schreck, and Mike Birbiglia a bump

The Off-Broadway League announced nominations for the 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards on April 3rd. As the first nominations announcement of the theatre awards season, several Tony Award hopefuls got an early boost thanks to their previous Off-Broadway incarnations. It’s common for Broadway shows to begin their New York life Off-Broadway before transferring to the Great White Way. Several of this season’s high profile productions followed this trend.

Of the Broadway transfers, “Be More Chill” performed the best with the Lortels. The teen sci-fi musical netted four nominations: Outstanding Musical, Featured Actor in a Musical (George Salazar), Featured Actress in a Musical (Stephanie Hsu), and Projection Design.

This is great news for the hit show. It has a cult teen following, but is narrowly holding onto fourth place in Gold Derby’s combined Tony odds for Best Musical. At the Lortel Awards, “Be More Chill” will have

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