In keeping with the awards season, nominations for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards were announced Monday night at the National Theatre. The nominations are drawn from more than 200 eligible plays and musicals and are divided into two categories: the “Hayes” for shows with mostly equity actors in the cast, and the “Helens” that go to shows with mostly non-equity actors in the cast.
The recipient of the most nominations is “In the Heights,” Lin-Manual Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award winning musical about life among Latino immigrants in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, with 10 Hayes nods going to the Olney Theatre/Round House Theatre co-production and another staggering 18 Helen nominations going to GALA Hispanic Theatre’s version.
Also receiving multiple nominations are Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” an autobiographical musical about growing up gay in a funeral home that played at National Theatre, and Signature’s take on out composer Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music.”
This year’s especially deserving long list of nominees includes many LGBT theater professionals.
Eric Schaeffer is nominated for outstanding direction in a musical for Signature’s “A Little Night Music” (Hayes), and Will Gartshore is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a musical for the same production.
Holly Twyford is nominated for her professional singing debut in “A Little Night Music,” (Hayes) and for outstanding actress in a play for Round House Theatre’s “Or” (Hayes).
Jon Kalbfleisch, a musical director whose name is often linked to Helen Hayes Awards, is nominated for his work on both Signature’s “A Little Night Music” (Hayes) and Round House’s “Caroline, Or Change” (Hayes).
Rick Hammerly is nominated for outstanding direction in a play for Factory 449’s Lela & Co., (Helen), and Tony Cisek received a nod for outstanding set design for Constellation’s “The Wild Party” (Helen).
And Frank Britton received a nomination for the Prosky Award for outstanding lead actor in a play for “Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train”(Helen) at 1st Stage.
The awards will be presented May 14. The location for the event has not yet been announced. A complete list of nominees is here.