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Wonderful, Important “Falsettos” is Back on Bway!

falsettos-1The most astonishing, important new musical on Broadway,  isn’t a new musical at all. It’s a revival of “Falsettos.” And in its execution and impact, it is absolutely overwhelming. In Act Two. In Act One, well, it left me wondering what all the fuss was about. It won Tonys back in its’ day,(1992) and the same Tony-winning team of composer William Finn and director James Lapine are both back, too. It’s cumulative effect however is devastating. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Mine among them. I could barely speak, either.

I didn’t know what was coming in Act Two, but most people know what it’s about. It is a damaged, damaging cry from the front-line of AIDS. And this revival of “Falsettos” is so fresh and new, especially in Act 2, as I’ve said, that it hits you like a ton of bricks as its’ horrible, inevitable denoument plays out.

And of course, it’s the character I loved the most, Whizzer, who gets sick and dies. He’s played by the admirable Andrew Rannells, who launched like a supernova as the lead in “Book of Mormon” six years or so ago. But here he surely has stepped into a kind of legend with this heart-wrenching portrayal, that does not once ask for self pity of any kind.

He’s starring opposite another Broadway legend of sorts of the most modern kind, the two time Tony winner, Christian Borle, who also astonishes and steps up his game big-time as Marvin.the bisexual love of Whizzer, who survives him. But suffers with his decline with an anguish and depth I didn’t think Borle was capable of. But he is and he makes you cry along with him as Whizzer slowly dies. One of their greatest love songs, “Two Unlikely Lovers.”

Their song ” What Would I Do(If I Hadn’t Met You)” is a love song that tops the show and makes you think and makes you cheer with pride, all at the same time. I wanted to give it a standing ovation, but was so emotionally devastated by its’ power and beauty, I could not stand. Just yell, hoarsely “Bravo”!

And if Mr.Rannell’s doesn’t get a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his “Everybody’s Gotta Die Sometime” as he expires…well, I don’t know what to say.

This show deserves all the accolades that will get thrown at it. Stephanie J. Block can reap a Supporting Actress nomination surely for her turn as  Trina.the ex-wife of Borle and the mother of their understandably confused child, twelve-year-old Jason( a fantastic Anthony Rosenthal. )She’s never been better than when slamming out the solo “I’m Breaking Down.” As she tries to describe the confusion a straight woman feels who is left by her husband for another man.falsettos-3

This is a limited run only through Jan. 8 however. It’s at the Walter Kerr, where “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”  ran for two and a half glorious years. And now it’s got another smash musical there “Falsettos.” I hope it runs forever.

 

#Falsettos

#Andrew Rannells

#Christian Borle

Edward Albee Dies at 88

In trying to  figure out the best way to  sum up the great American playwright Edward Albee, I am showing you, dear readers, dear cineastes, dear lovers of theatre, a  portion of an interview I did with two women who REALLY knew him.

Leila Robbins and Catherine Curtin were in his “Lady from Dubuque” at the Signature Theater about four years ago, and they share some absolutely charming memories of working with him.

I knew him as someone who was always standing very erect in a corner, glowering at everyone and everything. And yes, he never said much, and I was too afraid of his intense stare to talk to him. He was an intimidating character. And I’m so glad Leila and Cathy shared happy memories and moments of him here. R.I.P. Edward Albee.

Newcomer Andrew Burnap’s Astonishing Debut in “Troilus & Cressida”

Troilus and Cressida 1Andrew Burnap 1“Troilus and Cressida” is considered one of  Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. It’s hardly ever done. It’s wildly uneven, and it’s always nigh to impossible to tell the Greeks from the Trojans. It’s clear that there’s a war on, but who’s who and which is which is always mightily confusing.

Director Dan Sullivan has perhaps rectified all that with his testosterone fueled-production in Central Park this summer. He’s cast one of the strongest male casts I’ve ever seen containing some of the best young Shakespearean actors around today. Main among them is newcomer Andrew Burnap in the usually forgettable title role. But Burnap burns up the stage as he holds his own against as formidable a male cast as I’ve ever seen in Shakespeare in the Park, New York’s annual, pastoral summer ritual. Founded by the late Joe Papp to be free to all New Yorkers, the Park never disappoints, though most times the productions certainly do. But not this time.Shakespeara in the Park 1

I’m happy to say that “Troilus and Cressida” is one of the best Shakespeare’s I’ve ever seen in the Park.

But back to Andrew Burnap. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he’s stepped right out of school and right into stardom, following in the footsteps of former Yale-ees Meryl Streep and Lupita Nyong’o who just soared immediately upon graduation. His beautiful, brave, heart-broken, angry, and eventually murderous Troilus is everything a dream role for a young actor should be. And blond, blue-eyed, dashing Burnap is living the dream. In a part, I’ve never really even noticed before, he makes it seem a greater role than it’s ever been.

Troilus and Cressida are sort of Romeo and Juliet gone wrong.  The Trojan War  breaks them apart early and nearly kills them.

I saw Helen Mirren as a young girl, maybe even a teenager, make her debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the ’60s as Cressida.Helen Mirren Young Her debut, her first scene, she got rolled out of a Persian carpet completely nude. And thus began her great career. She was utterly heart-breaking in the scene where she emerges ravaged from the rival army’s camp where she has been raped repeatedly. She was shattered, bruised, barely able to speak, unforgettable. The actress here, Ismenia Mendes, just can’t cut it. You barely can tell she’s been gang-raped, and you don’t care much either.

But you do care about Andrew Burnap/Troilus’s reaction to his love being so defiled. He goes madly to war against his enemies, main among them the superb young Shakespearean actor Zach Appelman, as Diomedes, another part no one ever remembers. Appelman, you may remember, was the diamond brilliant Hamlet in Hartford, just this past winter for Darko Tresnjak.

Troilus and Cressida 3In the first act, Diomedes has very little to do, except to flex his muscles and show his six-pack lifting barbells and strutting shirtless (as do many others of this studly, sweating, stunning cast) in the 100 degree heat New York is now experiencing. But in Act 2, he gets to come into his own, as he battles Burnap. Appelman is a Yale graduate, too, btw.  As pictured above and below, you can see how intense their final confrontation is.Troilus and Cressida 4

I also must mention the tremendously strong ensemble feel that this T & C production had and I wasn’t surprised when I checked my program later that there were 10 (!) count’em TEN graduates of the equally superb NYU Grad Acting program! Which boasts its’ own  terrific, classically trained actors, main among them Corey Stoll. Stoll was so memorable as Ernest Heminngway in Woody Allen’s ” Midnight in Paris.” Here the completely bald Stoll is oiliness personified as the only man in a suit in this play, the slippery, Ulysseus, whom Stoll plays as   a corrupt ad exec, who arranges Cressida’s gang rape and many other nefarious things.Corey Stoll 1

I also had the privilege of seeing Understudy Keilyn Durrell Jones go on as the muscle-bound Achilles. He was just so loopily love-struck by his male amour Patroclus (Tom Pecinka), he licks his face like a huge puppy dog.Keilyn The Millionaire Jones

Yes, this is also the gay-est play Shakespeare ever wrote and director Sullivan does not hesitate to show the mighty Achilles, gathering his beloved up in his hugely muscled arms and whisking the giggling Patroclus off to their love-tent.

A male cast this awesome, and striking, who speak the Bard’s lines as magnificently as they make love AND war, makes one re-consider “Troilus and Cressida” as a much better play than it ever seemed before.

#Troilus and Cressida # Shakespeare # Trojan War #Andrew Burnap #Zach Appelman #Shakespeare in the Park #Corey Stoll #Achilles #Helen Mirren # Royal Shakespeare Company #Helen Mirren nude #Ulysses #Dan Sullivan # Problem Play # Central Park #Hamlet # Hartford Stage Company # Darko Tresnjak # Keilyn The Billionaire Jones#Achilles

 

Will Drama Desk Winners Repeat at the TONYs?

Jessica & Cynthia 1Will Drama Desk Winners repeat their triumphs at the TONYS? Probably. This year, especially. I think so. Above are pictured the two Best Actress winners. Jessica Lange for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and British newcomer Cynthia Erivo who is starring in “The Color People.” Lange won for Best Actress in a play and Erivo won for Best Actress in a Musical. I think these two ladies are Won and Done. At the Tonys.

Also poised to repeat at the TONYs are their two male counterparts in Drama Desk triumph Danny Burstein in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Frank Langella in the French play about an Alzheimer’s victim “The Father.”

I think all four of these powerhouse thespians can rest assured the Tony Voters will like them, really like them,too. The Tony Voters  do look increasingly to the Drama Desk winners to narrow their playing field, as it were.

This year, though, the theatrical phenom “Hamilton” is nominated for more TONYs than any other production in Broadway history. But in these four leading categories I don’t think it will register as it is likely to do in others. “Hamilton” won nearly every award in the book LAST year when it was eligible for the Drama Desks(and also the Outer Critics Circle and the Obies) because it played Off Broadway first at its’ historic run at the Public that launched it to Broadway.

And although two of its’ leading men author/actor Lin Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odon are both nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, I think they will cancel each other out, leaving the way for the popular veteran Danny Burstein to triumph for his joyous Tevye in “Fiddler.”

In other news, I think juggernaut “Hamilton” may find itself stopped at the TONYS. Although it was nominated for a historic 16 awards, I think it’s going to register much, much less than that.

The only acting award I think is a surefire win for “Hamilton” is the charming young African-American actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, who won the Drama Desk last year for Best Featured(or Supporting) Actress in a Musical.Renee Rlise Goldsberry 1

And on the Drama side, the powerful performance of veteran Jayne Howdeyshell from the Best Play Drama Desk winner “The Humans” could score in Supporting, which is where the TONYS put her and co-star Reed Birney, although they are both leads. “The Humans” also won for Best Ensemble at the Drama Desks, a special category that the DDs always give, but the TONYs do not.Jayne Houdyshell Humans 1

“Hamilton” will win Best Musical for sure. But the TONY voters are notorious for spreading the wealth around, and I think they will do that this year, too, in spite of “Hamilton” perceived dominance.

#Drama Desk Awards, # Hamilton, # Tonys, #Jessica Lange, #Cynthia Arivo, #A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, #Color Purple, #Best Actress in a Leading Role, #Danny Burstein, #Frank Langella, #Fiddler on the Roof, #The Father, #Lyn-Manuel Miranda, #Renee Elise Goldsberry,#Jayne HowdyShell #The Humans

Complete List of Drama Desk Winners

Sunday night at Town Hall, the Drama Desk Awards were handed out to a bunch of very happy winners. The Drama Desks are the only theatrical organization that hands out awards to productions and performances from Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway equally, and is composed entirely of members of the press. Including yours truly.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Outstanding Play
The Humans, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical
Shuffle Along

Outstanding Revival of a Play
A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Frank Langella, The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed, Public Theater

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Outstanding Director of a Play
Ivo van Hove, A View from the Bridge

Outstanding Director of a Musical
(tie)
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Bartlett Sher, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Choreography
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Music
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star

Outstanding Lyrics
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Book of a Musical
John Caird, Daddy Long Legs

Outstanding Orchestrations
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me, Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Music in a Play
Philip Glass, The Crucible

Outstanding Set Design for a Play
Christopher Oram, Hughie

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Justin Townsend, The Humans

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Outstanding Projection Design
Finn Ross, American Psycho

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Fitz Patton, The Humans

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Dan Moses Schreier, American Psycho

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Mia M. Neal, Shuffle Along

Outstanding Solo Performance
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully Committed

Unique Theatrical Experience
That Physics Show

Special Awards

The Humans – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, and Sarah Steele spend a very special Thanksgiving Day together in Stephen Karam’s play, reminding us that home is indeed where The Humans are.

The Royale – Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble
The heavyweight cast of McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover, John Lavelle, and Clarke Peters gels as a unit in bringing Marco Ramirez’s story, inspired by Jack Johnson, to unforgettable life, offering a trenchant statement on racism in America.

Sheldon Harnick – Special Drama Desk Award
New productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Rothschild and Sons, and She Loves Me this season remind us that this veteran lyricist’s takes on faith, family and community are as resonant as ever.

Camp Broadway – Special Drama Desk Award
For more than 20 years, this indispensable organization has introduced young people to the magic of theater. Camp Broadway plays a crucial role in creating tomorrow’s audiences.

Danai Gurira – Sam Norkin Award
Whether writing about women in wartime Liberia in Eclipsed or about an affluent immigrant family from Zimbabwe struggling with assimilation in Familiar, Danai Gurira demonstrates great insight, range, and depth, bringing a fresh new voice to American theater.

#Drama Desk AwardsJessica Lange  1

“Bright Star” Wins Best Muscial & Best Music from Outer Critics Circle!

Bright Star 1This morning, I’m happy to say, my fave of faves “Bright Star” won Best Musical and Best Music for its’ composers, and Broadway first times, too. Steve Martin and Edie Bricknell.

And Here’s the rest of them! Hot off the presses!

66th Annual Awards

Outer Critics Circle

Announce

2015-16 Award Winners!

“She Loves Me” Tops list with 4 Awards

Followed by

“Long Day’s Journey into Night” with 3 Awards! 

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New York, NY  (May 9, 2016) 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.

 

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.

 

 

Outer Critics Circle

2015-2016 Award Winners

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

The Humans

 

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

 Bright Star

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

 The Christians

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

 Dear Evan Hansen

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

 Dear Evan Hansen

OutstANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

 Bright Star

 

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

She Loves Me

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

 

* Ivo van Hove     A View From the Bridge

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

* Michael Arden     Spring Awakening

 

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Sergio Trujillo     On Your Feet!

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

 David Rockwell     She Loves Me

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

 

Jeff Mahshie     She Loves Me

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Justin Townsend     American Psycho the Musical

 

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

 Finn Ross     American Psycho the Musical

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

* Frank Langella     The Father

 

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

 

* Jessica Lange     Long Day’s Journey

 

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

 Cynthia Erivo     The Color Purple the Musical

 

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

 

* Michael Shannon     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY (TIE VOTE!)

* Pascal  Armand Eclipsed &Judith Light     Thérèse Raquin

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

 

* Christopher Fitzgerald     Waitress

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

 

* Jane Krakowski     She Loves Me  

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

 

 

* James Lecesne     The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

 

* Marco Ramirez     The Royale

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Out

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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