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66th Annual Outer Critics Circle Nominations Are Here!

Jazmine Harper-Davis



Spring has finally arrived In New York City and so has awards season!

The nominations for the first major award, the 66th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, were announced on April 19 in New York City and a few of our Broadway Black favorites scored nominations! The Outer Critics Circle is composed of writers and commentators covering the New York theater scene for various out-of-town media outlets and awards are given for shows both On and Off-Broadway.

If you are wondering about the lack of Broadway Black favorites, Hamilton and/or Shuffle Along, last year Hamilton won for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical therefore the Broadway production was ineligible this year. The producers of Shuffle Along requested that the musical not be considered this year, it’s still in previews and hasn’t officially opened. The show opens officially on April 28 and will instead be considered for the 2016-17 season.

Playwright Danai Gurira has both of her plays up for nominations, something I’m not sure has been accomplished before! It’s also worth noting that out of the five nominees in Featured Actress in a Play, 4 of them are women of color and three are from the same show, Eclipsed! One of our favorites, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins scored a nomination for Gloria! There are also a few notable snubs (did they not see Head of Passes and Invisible Thread!!!!) and some surprises Danielle Brooks got the nod for The Color Purple, but no Jennifer Hudson. Either way the race to the Tony’s is on, and over at Broadway Black we cannot wait.

The winners of the following categories will be announced on May 9, with a ceremony for winners scheduled for May 26 at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City.

Outstanding New Broadway Play

The Humans
The Father
King Charles III
Thérèse Raquin

Outstanding New Broadway Musical

American Psycho
Bright Star
On Your Feet! 
Tuck Everlasting

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

The Christians
Hold On to Me Darling
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

Daddy Long Legs
Dear Evan Hansen
Southern Comfort 

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway)
David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus
John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet! 
Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen
Steve Martin, Bright Star

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Sara Bareilles, Waitress
Paul Gordon, Daddy Long Legs
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
Duncan Sheik, American Psycho

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or off-Broadway)
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
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

John Gassner Award
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Boy by Anna Ziegler
I and You by Lauren Gunderson
Ironbound by Martyna Majok
The Royale by Marco Ramirez
Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino

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
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen

Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Josh Rhodes, Bright Star
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! 

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
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Robert Creighton, Cagney
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Benjamin Walker, American Psycho

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
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

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Andrea Burns, On Your Feet! 
Sophia Anne Caruso, Lazarus
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Hélene Yorke, American Psycho

Outstanding Solo Performance
Mike Birbiglia in Thank God for Jokes
Kathleen Chalfant in Rose
Anne Hathaway in Grounded
James Lecesne in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca

Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin
David Korins, Misery
Mimi Lien, John
David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Walt Spangler, Tuck Everlasting

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
ESosa, On Your Feet! 
Jane Greenwood, Bright Star
Katrina Lindsay, American Psycho
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

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Lucy Mackinnon, Spring Awakening
Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
Peter Nigrini, Grounded
Finn Ross, American Psycho
Tal Yarden, Lazarus


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