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LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE-BORN PRODUCTIONS OF COME FROM AWAY AND INDECENT EARN MULTIPLE 2017 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS!


Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley Receives Third Career Tony Nomination for Direction of Come From Away
Both Shows Garner Numerous Nominations For 2017 Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that the world-premiere, Playhouse-born productions of Come From Away, featuring book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff and direction by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, and Indecent, by Paula Vogel, have both received multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Obie and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their subsequent Broadway and/or Off-Broadway productions this season.

Come From Away had its world-premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in May, 2015, where it played to overwhelming critical and audience acclaim, winning six San Diego Critics’ Circle Awards. The show then went on to Seattle Repertory Theatre, DC’s Ford’s Theatre and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, breaking box office records in each city, before opening at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in March, 2017. Indecent, co-produced with Yale Repertory Theatre, had its world premiere at the Playhouse in November, 2015. It enjoyed a subsequent Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre and later opened at Broadway’s Cort Theatre in April, 2017, marking the 28th La Jolla Playhouse production to transfer to Broadway.

On May 2, Come From Away received 7 Tony Award nominations:
Best Musical
Christopher Ashley – Best Direction of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein – Best Book of a Musical
Irene Sankoff and David Hein – Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Jenn Colella – Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Kelly Devine – Best Choreography
Howell Binkley – Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Indecent received 3 Tony Award nominations:
Best Play
Rebecca Taichman – Best Direction of a Play
Christopher Akerlind – Best Lighting Design of a Play

The Tony Awards will be presented on June 11 at 8:00 pm, broadcast on CBS.

The two productions also received multiple Drama Desk Award nominations, which were announced on April 27. Come From Away earned nine nods, including Outstanding Musical; three for David Hein and Irene Sankoff for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Book of a Musical; Christopher Ashley for Outstanding Director of a Musical; Kelly Devine for Outstanding Choreography; Jenn Colella for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical; August Eriksmoen for Outstanding Orchestrations; and Toni-Leslie James for Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical. Indecent scored two nominations: Outstanding Play and Christopher Akerlind for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play. The Drama Desk Awards will be presented on June 4.

On April 25, each production earned several Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, with Come From Away garnering seven nods, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, David Hein and Irene Sankoff for Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding New Score, Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Kelly Devine for Outstanding Choreography, Jenn Colella for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, and Gareth Owen for Outstanding Sound Design. Indecent received six Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Play, as well as Rebecca Taichman for Outstanding Director of a Play, Christopher Akerlind for Outstanding Lighting Design, Tal Yarden for Outstanding Projection Design, Richard Topol for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, and Katrina Lenk for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. The awards will be presented on May 8.

On April 19, both productions were honored with a Drama League Award nomination, including a nod for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play for Indecent and for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical for Come From Away.

For its Off-Broadway incarnation, Indecent received four Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including Outstanding Play; Outstanding Director (Rebecca Taichman); Outstanding Choreography (David Dorfman); and Outstanding Costume Design (Emily Rebholz). The Lucille Lortel Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony on May 7. The Off-Broadway Alliance also honored Indecent with a Best New Play nomination, while playwright Paula Vogel was named a Legend of Off-Broadway Honoree. Vogel will also receive this year’s Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at their annual ceremony on May 22.