The eighth annual Lilly Awards took place May 22 at Playwrights Horizons. Tony Award winner Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel, Sell/Buy/Date) served as host, and Julie Taymor, Denée Benton, Micki Grant, Toni-Leslie James, Mandy Greenfield, Madison Ferris, and Beanie Feldstein were this year's honorees. Stephen Schwartz was this year's Miss Lilly.
The Lilly Awards honor the extraordinary contributions made to the American Theater by women. Founded by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Theresa Rebeck, the awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said, "You need to write like the devil and act like one too when necessary."