Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Outer Critics Nominations Announced









Outer Critics Circle
2018-2019 Award Nominations

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Ferryman
Ink
Network
To Kill a Mockingbird
What the Constitution Means to Me

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Be More Chill
Hadestown
Head Over Heels
The Prom
Tootsie

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Fairview
The House That Will Not Stand
Lewiston / Clarkston
The Light
White Noise

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Beast in the Jungle
Black Light
Girl from the North Country
The Hello Girls
Midnight at the Never Get

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Robert Horn     Tootsie
Conor McPherson     Girl from the North Country
Peter Mills and Cara Reichel     The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell     Hadestown
Jeff Whitty and James Magruder     Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin      The Prom
Joe Iconis     Be More Chill
Peter Mills     The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell     Hadestown
David Yazbeck     Tootsie

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
All My Sons
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Juno and the Paycock
Our Lady of 121st Street
The Waverly Gallery

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carmen Jones
Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Kiss Me, Kate
Oklahoma!
Smokey Joe’s Cafe

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rupert Goold     Ink
Sam Mendes     The Ferryman
Jack O’Brien     All My Sons
Bartlett Sher     To Kill a Mockingbird
Logan Vaughn     The Light

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Rachel Chavkin     Hadestown
Scott Ellis     Tootsie
Daniel Fish     Oklahoma!
Joel Grey     Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Cara Reichel     The Hello Girls

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle     Kiss Me, Kate
Christopher Gattelli     The Cher Show
Denis Jones     Tootsie
David Neumann     Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo     Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Beowulf Boritt     Bernhardt/Hamlet
Bunny Christie     Ink
Rachel Hauck     Hadestown
Rob Howell     The Ferryman
David Korins     Beetlejuice

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Rob Howell     The Ferryman
Bob Mackie     The Cher Show
William Ivey Long     Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long     Tootsie
Arianne Phillips     Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Neil Austin     Ink
Stacey Derosier     Lewiston / Clarkston
Bradley King     Hadestown
Jason Lyons     Sugar in Our Wounds
Peter Mumford     King Kong

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Peter England     King Kong
Alex Basco Koch     Be More Chill
Peter Nigrini     Beetlejuice
Jeff Sugg     All My Sons
Tal Yarden     Network

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
John Gromada     All My Sons
Peter Hylenski     King Kong
Drew Levy     Oklahoma!
Eric Sleichim     Network
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz     Hadestown

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose     Hadestown
Simon Hale     Girl from the North Country
Joseph Joubert     Carmen Jones
Daniel Kluger     Oklahoma!
Harold Wheeler     Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
McKinley Belcher III     The Light
Bryan Cranston     Network
Daveed Diggs     White Noise
Bill Irwin     On Beckett
Jeremy Pope     Choir Boy

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Glenn Close     Mother of the Maid
Edie Falco     The True
Glenda Jackson     King Lear
Mandi Masden     The Light
Elaine May     The Waverly Gallery

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Brooks Ashmanskas     The Prom
Reeve Carney     Hadestown
Damon Daunno     Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana     Tootsie
Steven Skybell     Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Stephanie J. Block     The Cher Show
Kelli O’Hara     Kiss Me, Kate
Beth Leavel     The Prom
Anika Noni Rose     Carmen Jones
Mare Winningham     Girl from the North Country

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bertie Carvel     Ink
John Clay III     Choir Boy
Hugh Dancy     Apologia
John Procaccino     Downstairs
Benjamin Walker     All My Sons

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Joan Allen     The Waverly Gallery
Stephanie Berry     Sugar in Our Wounds
Fionnula Flanagan     The Ferryman
Harriett D. Foy     The House That Will Not Stand
Celia Keenan-Bolger     To Kill a Mockingbird

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Behlmann     Tootsie
André De Shields     Hadestown
Reg Rogers     Tootsie
George Salazar     Be More Chill
Ephraim Sykes     Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Amber Gray     Hadestown
Leslie Kritzer     Beetlejuice
Bonnie Milligan     Head Over Heels
Sarah Stiles     Tootsie
Ali Stroker     Oklahoma!

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Mike Birbiglia     The New One
Maddie Corman     Accidentally Brave
Jake Gyllenhaal     A Life
Carey Mulligan     Girls & Boys
Renée Taylor     My Life on a Diet

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jeremy O. Harris     Slave Play
Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell     The Lifespan of a Fact
Donja R. Love     Sugar in Our Wounds
Ming Peiffer     Usual Girls
Charly Evon Simpson     Behind the Sheet

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Executive Committee voted and decided upon the presentation of Special Achievement Awards to:
The Puppetry Team That Created and Operates King Kong
recognizing the artistry and technical achievement that brings a 2,000-pound gorilla to life:

 * Puppet designer and builder Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company
 * Scenic designer Peter England, who collaborated on the aesthetics of the puppet 
* Aerial and movement director Gavin Robins 
* The members of the King’s Company, who move Kong on stage: Mike Baerga, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Jōvan Dansberry, Casey Garvin, Gabriel Hyman, Marty Lawson, Roberto Olvera, Khadija Tariyan, Lauren Yalango-Grant, and David Yijae
 * Kong’s Voodoo Operators, who control his facial expressions: Jon Hoche, Danny Miller, and Jacob Williams.

The York Theatre Company
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director
Evans Haile, Executive Director
in recognition of 50 years of producing new musicals, as well as classics from the past

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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 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 concept, "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 Intensive and other 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/.

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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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