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Dear Readers, dear cineastes, dear lovers of theater, well, the 2016 Theater Awards season has now begun with the announcement this morning of the Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. And there are some surprises, but not many. Main among them, that Jeff Daniels was left out of Best Actor in a Play for his powerful turn in “Blackbird”, while his Oscar nominated co-star Michelle Williams, WAS nominated for Best Actress in a play.Lupita 2016

Several items of note. Four out of the five member ensemble cast of “Eclipsed” which I really adored are nominated. Oscar winner Lupita N’yongo as leading actress in a play, where she will compete with Michelle Williams for “Blackbird.”

Pascale Armand, Zainab Jab, and Soycon Songbloh are the three powerful ladies of “Eclipsed”s ensemble who scored nods in the Best Featured Actress in a Play categories.  Eclipsed 3And “Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira was nominated for Best New American Play where it will compete with “The Humans.” A combo likely to repeat at the Tony Awards in June, and also the Drama Desks who announce next Thursday.

Jayne Howdyshell and Reed Birney as the beleaguered Catholic mother and father from Scranton, Pennsylvania, got nominated for Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Play for “The Humans.” Joe Montello also received a nomination for Best Director of a Play.Bright Star 1

“Bright Star” my favorite new musical so far, gained nominations for its’ stunning leading lady Carmen Cusack and for its’ director Walter Bobbie. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell also received nominations for their marvelously tuneful Bluegrass musical score.

Outer Crtics Circle“Hamilton” the billion dollar hit show is notable by its’ total absence since was eligible LAST year when it was Off-Broadway at the Public Theater where it swept all the categories.

66th Annual Awards

Outer Critics Circle

Announce

2015-16 Season Nominees

 

She Loves Me” & “American Psycho the Musical”  

Heads the List with 8 Nominations!

Followed by

“Bright Star” & “On Your Feet” With 7 Nominations each!

The First Broadway/Off-Broadway Award Nominees of the Season!

 

 

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced today (April 19, 2016) its nominees for the 2015-16 season. Broadway stars Brian d’Arcy James and Jennifer Simardpresided over the (11AM) announcement ceremony at Manhattan’s legendary Algonquin Hotel.

 

This season Outer Critics Circle will post a new award, “Outstanding Projection Design” increasing award nominations to 25 categories. In addition, 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.

 

Celebrating its 66th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theater, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad. The winners will be announced on Monday, May 9th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 26th (3PM) at Sardi’s Restaurant.

 

Nominations follow

 

Outer Critics Circle

2015-2016 Award Nominations

 

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

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

 

 

 

2015-16 Outer Critics Circle Executive / Nominating Committee

 

Simon Saltzman (President)

Mario Fratti (Vice-President) Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer)

Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary)  Joseph Cervelli (Recording Secretary)

Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large)

And Aubrey Reuben, David Gordon & Harry Haun (Members-at-Large)

 

 

 

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

 

American Psycho the Musical – 8, She Loves Me – 8; Bright Star- 7, On Your Feet – 7; Dear Evan Hansen- 6; Eclipsed – 5, Lazarus – 5, Long Day’s Journey Into Night – 5, Spring Awakening – 5; A View From the Bridge – 4, The Humans – 4,Waitress – 4; Cagney – 3, Daddy Long Legs – 3, King Charles III – 3, The Color Purple the Musical – 3, The Crucible – 3, The Legend of Georgia McBride – 3, Thérèse Raquin –  3, Tuck Everlasting the Musical – 3.

 

 

 

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