Monday, May 7, 2018

Harry Potter, Spongebob, Admissions, Desperate Measures Take Top Outer Critics Awards

At the Lyric Theatre. Photo: Lauren Yarger


Desperate Measures at the York. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Jessica Hecht, Andrew Garman, and Ben Edelman Photo: Jeremy Daniel


Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole andMartha Plimpton will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 68th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony May 24 at Sardi’s Restaurant.

(Winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk. *)
Outer Critics Circle
2017-2018 Awards

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Children
Farinelli and the King
*Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Junk

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Escape to Margaritaville
Frozen
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
*SpongeBob SquarePants

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
*Admissions
Cost of Living
Hangmen
The Low Road
Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Cruel Intentions
*Desperate Measures
Jerry Springer- The Opera
Miss You Like Hell
Woody Sez

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
*Tina Fey     Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes     Miss You Like Hell
Kyle Jarrow     SpongeBob SquarePants
Peter Kellogg     Desperate Measures

 OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
* Jonathan Coulton, David Bowie and Brian Eno, Plain White T’s, T.I., Domani Harris, and Darwin Quinn, Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, Yolanda Adams, The Flaming Lips, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, They Might Be Giants, Andy Paley and Tom Kenny, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith, and Tom Kitt –  SpongeBob SquarePants
David Friedman and Peter Kellogg          Desperate Measures
Imogen Heap                   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Erin McKeown and Quiara Alegría Hudes            Miss You Like Hell
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez              Frozen

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
*Angels in America
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Lobby Hero
Three Tall Women
Travesties

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carousel
*My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Jo Bonney     Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott     Angels in America
Patrick Marber     Travesties
Joe Mantello     Three Tall Women
*John Tiffany     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Michael Arden     Once on This Island
Bill Castellino     Desperate Measures
*Tina Landau     SpongeBob SquarePants  (tie)
Casey Nicholaw     Mean Girls
*Bartlett Sher     My Fair Lady  (tie)

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Camille A. Brown     Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli     My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli     SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
*Justin Peck     Carousel

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Miriam Buether     Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho     In the Body of the World
*Christine Jones     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan     My Fair Lady
David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Katrina Lindsay     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos     Once on This Island
Paloma Young     Time and the Conways
David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants
*Catherine Zuber     My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams     SpongeBob SquarePants
*Neil Austin     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable     Angels in America
Paul Russell     Farinelli and the King
Lap Chi Chu     Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Tim Reid     1984
Finn Ross     Frozen
Finn Ross     In the Body of the World
Finn Ross and Adam Young     Mean Girls
*Finn Ross and Ash Woodward     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
*Gareth Fry     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin     [Porto]
Fitz Patton     Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg     My Fair Lady
Darron L. West     Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Jason Robert Brown, Charlie Rosen, Larry Blank, & Sam Davis          Prince of Broadway
Tom Kitt     SpongeBob SquarePants
AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin     Once on This Island
*Jonathan Tunick     Carousel
Claire van Kampen     Farinelli and the King

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Sean Carvajal     Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
*Andrew Garfield     Angels in America
Tom Hollander     Travesties
Gregg Mozgala     Cost of Living
Michael Urie     The Government Inspector

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
MaameYaa Boafo     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Jessica Hecht     Admissions
*Glenda Jackson     Three Tall Women
Lauren Ridloff     Children of a Lesser God
Katy Sullivan     Cost of Living

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Harry Hadden-Paton     My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry     Carousel
David M. Lutken     Woody Sez
Conor Ryan     Desperate Measures
*Ethan Slater     SpongeBob SquarePants
  
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*Lauren Ambrose     My Fair Lady
Erika Henningsen     Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore     Once On This Island
Taylor Louderman     Mean Girls
Patti Murin     Frozen

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Anthony Boyle     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn     Hangmen
*Nathan Lane     Angels in America
David Morse     The Iceman Cometh
Paul Sparks     At Home at the Zoo

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jamie Brewer     Amy and the Orphans
Denise Gough     Angels in America
Harriet Harris     The Low Road
* Laurie Metcalf     Three Tall Women
Mary Testa     The Government Inspector    

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
*Norbert Leo Butz     My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani     Carousel
Gavin Lee     SpongeBob SquarePants
Nick Wyman     Desperate Measures
Tony Yazbeck     Prince of Broadway

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kerry Butler    Mean Girls
*Lindsay Mendez     Carousel
Lauren Molina     Desperate Measures
Ashley Park     Mean Girls  
Emily Skinner     Prince of Broadway

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
*Billy Crudup     Harry Clarke
Eve Ensler     In the Body of the World
Alison Fraser     Squeamish    
John Lithgow     Stories By Heart
Sharon Washington     Feeding the Dragon

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Kate Benson     [Porto]
*Jocelyn Bioh     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Lindsey Ferrentino     Amy and the Orphans
Meghan Kennedy     Napoli, Brooklyn
Dominique Morisseau     Pipeline

Celebrating its 68th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad. 

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists. Her play "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February 2018.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/.

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com. She previously served as theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle. and the Episcopal Actors' Guild.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.

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Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.

Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.

Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.

Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.

Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.

Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.

Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.

Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.

Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.

Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.

Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.

Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.

Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.

The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.

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I receive free seats to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made available to all voting members of the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama Desk, the two professional critics organizations with journalists covering NY theater. Journalistically, I provide an unbiased review and am under no obligation to make positive statements. Sometimes shows do not make tickets available to reviewers. If these are shows my readers want to know about (I review all Broadway shows and pertinent Off-Broadway shows), I will purchase a ticket. If a personal friend is involved in a production, I'll let you know, but it won't influence a review. If I feel there is a conflict, I won't review their portion of the production.

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