Monday, May 8, 2017

Come From Away, Oslo, Dolly, Little Foxes Among Winners of Outer Critics Circle Awards


The Musical revival Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and the feel-good musical Come From Away top the list of winners for the Outer Critics Circle with five awards each.

The Little Foxes, The Band’s Visit and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 each received two awards.

Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran and Christopher Fitzgerald will serve as award presenters at the upcoming 67th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony May 25 at Sardi’s.

The Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations and theater publications in America and abroad.

(Winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk. *)

Outer Critics Circle
2016-2017 Awards

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
*Oslo

Sweat

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICALAnastasia
A Bronx Tale
*Come From Away

Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
*If I Forget

Incognito
A Life
Linda
Love, Love, Love


 
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
*The Band’s Visit

Hadestown
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory
Spamilton


OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Terrence McNally     AnastasiaI
tamar Moses     The Band’s Visit
Chazz Palminteri     A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin     Groundhog Day
*Irene Sankoff and David Hein   Come From Away 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Stephen Flaherty and  Lynn Ahrens     Anastasia
Alan Menken and Glenn Slater     A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin     Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff and; David Hein     Come From Away
*David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Front Page
*Jitney

The Little Foxes
Othello
The Price
 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Finian’s Rainbow
*Hello, Dolly!

Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd


 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Lila Neugebauer     The Wolves
Jack O’Brien     The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan     The Little Foxes
*Rebecca Taichman     Indecent
Kate Whoriskey     Sweat

 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
*Christopher Ashley     Come From Away

David Cromer     The Band’s Visit
Darko Tresnjak     Anastasia
Matthew Warchus     Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks     Hello, Dolly!

 
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Andy Blankenbuehler     Bandstand
*Warren Carlyle     Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover     Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine     Come From Away
Denis Jones     Holiday Inn

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical

)Alexander Dodge     Anastasia
Nigel Hook     The Play That Goes Wrong
*Mimi Lien     Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask     The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt     The Front Page

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical
)Linda Cho     Anastasia
Susan Hilferty     Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto     Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth     Shuffle Along
*Catherine Zuber     War Paint

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Christopher Akerlind     Indecent
Donald Holder     Anastasia
Natasha Katz     Hello, Dolly!
*Bradley King     Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner     War Paint

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical
)Duncan McLean     Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi     Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions     Oslo
*Aaron Rhyne     Anastasia
Tal Yarden     Indecent

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry and  Pete Malkin     The Encounter
*Gareth Owen     Come From Away
Nicholas Pope     Natasha, Pierre and; The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine     Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg     Bandstand

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Doug Besterman     Anastasia
Larry Blank     Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen     Bandstand
*Larry Hochman     Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi     The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Daniel Craig     Othello
Michael Emerson     Wakey, Wakey
*Kevin Kline     Present Laughter
David Oyelowo     Othello
David Hyde Pierce     A Life

 
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Janie Dee     Linda
Sally Field     The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney     Six Degrees of Separation
*Laura Linney     The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf     A Doll’s House, Part 2

 
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle     Falsettos
Nick Cordero     A Bronx Tale
*Andy Karl     Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce     Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub     The Band’s Visit

 
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Christy Altomare     Anastasia
Christine Ebersole     War Paint
Katrina Lenk     The Band’s Visit
Patti LuPone     War Paint
*Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Michael Aronov     Oslo
*Danny DeVito     The Price
Nathan Lane     The Front Page
Richard Thomas     The Little Foxes
Richard Topol     Indecent

 
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Johanna Day     Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell     A Doll’s House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk     Indecent
Nana Mensah     Man From Nebraska
*Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes  

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Bolton     Anastasia
Jeffry Denman     Kid Victory
*Gavin Creel     Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley     Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells     Falsettos

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICA
LKate Baldwin     Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block     Falsettos*
Jenn Colella     Come From Away
Caroline O’Connor     Anastasia
Mary Beth Peil     Anastasia

 
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Ed Dixon     Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland     On the Exhale
Sarah Jones     Sell / Buy / Date   
Judith Light     All the Ways to Say I Love You
*Simon McBurney     The Encounter

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jaclyn Backhaus     Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe     The Wolves
Paola Lázaro     Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen     Vietgone
*Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

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