Outer Critics Circle Awards Party – Winner Insights

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by Sandi Durell

 

The Outer Critics Circle held their 66th Annual Awards Party at Sardi's on Thursday, May 26.  It's the warm, fuzzy Award event where the winners have already been announced, show up and are sprinkled throughout the room at the tables among the audience.

 

After a welcoming by President Simon Saltzman, the Awards presentations moved along quickly, featuring presenters Victoria Clark, Sheldon Harnick, Alex Sharp, Marlo Thomas and Barry Grove.

 

There were several insightful remarks from winners (check out the attached video). For instance, Steve Martin, upon accepting the Marjorie Gunner Award for Bright Star, with Edie Brickell at his side, wanted to know why he's never received a caricature at Sardi's. Well, perhaps, now he will!

 

Danny Burstein was frank when he said he reads all his reviews and knows everyone in the room. . . hmmm.

 

Jane Krakowski was thrilled to be back on Broadway and in the same space with the amazing Sheldon Harnick.

 

But the most emotional words came from Frank Langella (The Father), accepting as Outstanding Actor in a Play, when he honestly admitted being paralyzed with fear, deep in the lion's mouth, unable to memorize his lines, feeling humiliated and desperate with previews a week away. He sat down with director Doug Hughes, who offered up these words of wisdom:  "stop running, stop fighting so hard, just go in there and live inside your pain."  When Langella stopped running, he climbed into the lion's mouth without fear, he told the rapt audience. This was one of the most honest, heartfelt statements I've heard from an actor. Bravo Frank Langella!

 

A full list of the 66th Annual Outer Critics Circle Award Winners for the 2015-16 Season can be found here: http://www.theaterpizzazz.com/outer-critics-circle-winners-include-the-humans-bright-star-dear-evan-hansen/

 

Enjoy the video clips (by Sandi Durell) of speech highlights and photos (by JK Clarke)!

 

Guest Arrivals & Presentation Photo Gallery

  • Jessica Lange, Frank Langella
  • Jessica Lange
  • Frank Langella
  • James Lecesne
  • Steve Martin
  • Jane Krakowksi, Jeff Mahshie
  • Judith Light
  • Danny Burtstein
  • David Rockwell
  • Michael Alden (L)
  • Alex Sharp
  • Michael Shannon
  • Stephen Karam, Sarah Steele
  • Marco Ramirez
  • James Lecesne
  • Michael Shannon - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  • James Lecesne - Outstanding Solo Performance (The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey)
  • Cynthia Erivo - Outstanding Actress in a Musical (The Color Purple)
  • Sheldon Harnick
  • Christopher Fitzgerald - Outstanding Featured Actor, Musical (Waitress)
  • Danny Burstein - Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Christopher Fitzgerald - Outstanding Featured Actor, Musical (Waitress)
  • Benj Pasek & Justin Paul - Oustanding Book of a Musical (Dear Evan Hansen)
  • Benj Pasek & Justin Paul - Oustanding Book of a Musical (Dear Evan Hansen)
  • Frank Langella - Outstanding Actor in a Play (The Father)
  • Marlo Thomas, Simon Saltzman (President, OCC)
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Jessica Lange, Marlo Thomas
  • Jessica Lange - Outstanding Actress in a Play (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  • Jane Krakowski - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (She Loves Me)
  • Jane Krakowski - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (She Loves Me)
  • Justin Townsend - Outstanding Lighting Design (American Psycho)
  • Alex Sharp
  • David Rockwell - Outstanding Set Design (She Loves Me)
  • Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Marjorie Gunner Award for Outstanding New Score, Music & Lyrics (Bright Star)
  • Steve Martin
  • Michael Arden - Outstanding Director of a Musical (Spring Awakening)
  • Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Marjorie Gunner Award for Outstanding New Score, Music & Lyrics (Bright Star)
  • Victoria Clark
  • James Hougton - Special Honorary Award (Signature Theatre)
  • Sergio Trujillo - Outstanding Choreographer (On Your Feet)
  • Jeff Mahshie - Outstanding Costume Design (She Loves Me)
  • Judith Light (Thérèse Raquin) & Pascale Armand (Eclipsed) - Oustanding Featured Actress in a Play
  • Mario Fratti
  • Judith Light (Thérèse Raquin) & Pascale Armand (Eclipsed) - Oustanding Featured Actress in a Play
  • Mario Ramirez (The Royale - John Gassner Award)
  • Sheldon Harnick
  • Joey Parnes with Steve Martin, Edie Brickell
  • Stephen Karam
  • Sheldon Harnick
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