Outer Critics Circle Winners Include The Humans, Bright Star, Dear Evan Hansen

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Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2015-16 season in 25 categories.

 

Broadway’s Marlo Thomas, Alex Sharp, Sheldon Harnick and Victoria Clark will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 66th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 26th  (3PM) at the legendary Sardis Restaurant.

 

Celebrating its 66th 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.

 

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

 

Outer Critics Circle

2015-2016 Award Winners

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Eclipsed

The Father

* The Humans

King Charles III

Thérèse Raquin

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

American Psycho the Musical

* Bright Star

On Your Feet!

Tuck Everlasting the Musical

Waitress

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

* The Christians

Familiar

Gloria

Hold On to Me Darling

The Legend of Georgia McBride

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Cagney

Daddy Long Legs

* Dear Evan Hansen

Lazarus

Southern Comfort

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Bright Star

Daddy Long Legs

* Dear Evan Hansen

Lazarus

On Your Feet!

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

American Psycho the Musical

* Bright Star

Daddy Long Legs

Dear Evan Hansen

Waitress

 

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Blackbird

The Crucible

Fool for Love

* Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A View From the Bridge

 

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Color Purple the Musical

Dames at Sea

Fiddler on the Roof

* She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Evan Cabnet     Gloria

Mike Donahue     The Legend of Georgia McBride

Rupert Goold     King Charles III

Joe Mantello     The Humans

* Ivo van Hove     A View From the Bridge

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

* Michael Arden     Spring Awakening

Walter Bobbie     Bright Star

Scott Ellis     She Loves Me

Rupert Goold     American Psycho the Musical

Michael Greif     Dear Evan Hansen

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Joshua Bergasse   Cagney

Spencer Liff     Spring Awakening

Josh Rhodes     Bright Star

Randy Skinner     Dames at Sea

* Sergio Trujillo     On Your Feet!

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Beowulf Boritt     Thérèse Raquin

David Korins     Misery

Mimi Lien     John

* David Rockwell     She Loves Me

Walt Spangler     Tuck Everlasting the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

ESosa     On Your Feet!

Jane Greenwood     Bright Star

Katrina Lindsay     American Psycho the Musical

* Jeff Mahshie     She Loves Me

Tom Scutt     King Charles III

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Donald Holder     She Loves Me

Natasha Katz     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Kenneth Posner     On Your Feet!

Ben Stanton     Spring Awakening

* Justin Townsend     American Psycho the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Lucy MacKinnon     Spring Awakening

Peter Nigrini     Grounded

Peter Nigrini     Dear Evan Hansen

* Finn Ross     American Psycho the Musical

Tal Yarden     Lazarus

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Reed Birney    The Humans

Gabriel Byrne     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

* Frank Langella     The Father

Mark Strong     A View From the Bridge

Ben Whishaw     The Crucible

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jayne Houdyshell     The Humans

* Jessica Lange     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Lupita Nyong’o     Eclipsed

Nicola Walker     A View From the Bridge

Michelle Williams     Blackbird

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Alex Brightman     School of Rock the Musical

* Danny Burstein     Fiddler on the Roof

Robert Creighton     Cagney

Ben Platt     Dear Evan Hansen

Benjamin Walker     American Psycho the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Laura Benanti     She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack    Bright Star

* Cynthia Erivo     The Color Purple the Musical

Jessie Mueller     Waitress

Ana Villafañe     On Your Feet!

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Sanjit De Silva     Dry Powder

Matt McGrath     The Legend of Georgia McBride

Jim Norton     The Crucible

Robert Sella     Sylvia

* Michael Shannon     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY (TIE VOTE!)

* Pascale Armand     Eclipsed

Zainab Jah     Eclipsed

* Judith Light     Thérèse Raquin

Saycon Sengbloh     Eclipsed

Myra Lucretia Taylor     Familiar

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Nicholas Barasch     She Loves Me

Roger Bart     Disaster!

Michael Esper     Lazarus

* Christopher Fitzgerald     Waitress

Terrence Mann     Tuck Everlasting the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Danielle Brooks     The Color Purple the Musical

Andrea Burns     On Your Feet!

Sophia Anne Caruso     Lazarus

* Jane Krakowski     She Loves Me  

Heléne Yorke     American Psycho the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Mike Birbiglia    Thank God For Jokes

Kathleen Chalfant     Rose

Anne Hathaway     Grounded

* James Lecesne     The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Daphne Rubin-Vega     Empanada Loca

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Lindsey Ferrentino     Ugly Lies the Bone

Lauren Gunderson     I and You

Martyna Majok     Ironbound

* Marco Ramirez     The Royale

Anna Ziegler     Boy

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

James Houghton     Signature Theatre Company

 

Winners Talley for 3 or more:

She Loves Me – 4; Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 3;

 

***Please note: The musical “Hamilton” was nominated for and won in several award categories for its Off-Broadway production last season.  The previous Off-Broadway productions of “Disaster” and “Blackbird” were considered for nominations by the Outer Critics Circle and therefore were not reconsidered for this year.  Only new cast members’ performances in these productions were taken into account for recognition in the 2015-16 season.  Due to OCC’s nomination deadline, the producers of the new Broadway musical “Shuffle Along,” asked to be considered with next season’s entries.

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