May 10, 2017

Cheering The Outer Critics Circle's Awards

I promise to get back to talking about shows I've seen soon but as a card-carrying member of the Outer Critics Circle, I feel honor-bound to tout the awards we announced on Monday. The OCC recognizes both Broadway and off-Broadway productions and so, as often happens, a show that's played in both places is disqualified from consideration for its Broadway run if it was previously honored. That's why Dear Evan Hansen, last year's OCC winner and this year's frontrunner for the Tony for Best Musical doesn't appear on the list below. Only about half of this year's winners matched up with the choices I voted for but, again, it was such a terrific year filled with so many good shows and performances that I'm content with the results:

Outstanding New Broadway Play
A Doll's House, Part2

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
A Bronx Tale — The Musical
Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
If I Forget
A Life
Love, Love, Love

John Gassner Award
(presented to honor an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Men on Boats
Small Mouth Sounds 
Tell Hector I Miss Him
The Wolves

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
The Band's Visit 
Himself & Nora
Kid Victory

Outstanding Revival of a Play
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
The Front Page
The Little Foxes
The Price

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Finian's Rainbow
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Michael Emerson, Wakey, Wakey
Daniel Craig, Othello
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
David Oyelowo, Othello
David Hyde Pierce, A Life

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, The Little Foxes
Richard Topol, Indecent

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Janie Dee, Linda
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie 
Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes 
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll's House, Part 2 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll's House, Part 2  
Katrina Lenk, Indecent
Nana Mensah,  Man From Nebraska
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes 

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Nick Cordero, A Bronx Tale — The Musical 
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day 
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!  
Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
John Bolton, Anastasia  
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!   
Jeffry Denman, Kid Victory
Shuler Hensley, Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia  
Christine Ebersole, War Paint 
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Patti LuPone War Paint 
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!   
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away 
Caroline O'Connor, Anastasia  
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia 
Outstanding Solo Performance
Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date
Judith Light, All the Ways to Say I Love You
Simon McBurney, The Encounter

Outstanding Book of a Musical
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Terrence McNally, Anastasia  
Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit
Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale — The Musical  
Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day 
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away 

Outstanding New Score
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Anastasia   
Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, A Bronx Tale — The Musical
Tim Minchin, Groundhog Day  
Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away  
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Outstanding Director of a Play
Lila Neugebauer, The Wolves
Jack O'Brien, The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes 
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent 
Kate Whoriskey, Sweat  

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away 
David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia  
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!  

Outstanding Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler,  Bandstand 
Kelly Devine, Come From Away  
Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly!  
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn

Outstanding Scenic Design
(Play or Musical)
Alexander Dodge, Anastasia 
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong  
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask, The Little Foxes  
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page

Outstanding Costume Design
(Play or Musical)
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter  
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth, Shuffle Along
Catherine Zuber, War Paint  

Outstanding Lighting Design
(Play or Musical)
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent  
Donald Holder, Anastasia  
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 
Kenneth Posner, War Paint 

Outstanding Projection Design
(Play or Musical)
Duncan McLean, Privacy
Jared Mezzochi, Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, Oslo
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia  
Tal Yarden, Indecent

Outstanding Sound Design
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin, The Encounter
Gareth Owen, Come From Away  
Nicholas Pope, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Nevin Steinberg, Bandstand  
Matt Stine, Sweeney Todd 

Outstanding Orchestrations
(Broadway or off-Broadway)
Doug Besterman, Anastasia
Larry Blank, Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!  
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit

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