Outer Critics Circle Awards 2015 recipients




The recipients of the 65th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for various out-of-town media outlets, have now been officially announced. They will be presented at the annual Gala Awards Dinner on 21 May 2015 at Sardi's. Presenters include Michael Cerveris, Nick Cordero, Raúl Esparza, Katie Finneran, Montego Glover, William Ivey Long and Jefferson Mays.

The biggest winner of the night is British transfer The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which picks up five awards in total, including Outstanding New Broadway Play. The musicals An American In Paris (Outstanding New Broadway Musical), Hamilton (Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), and The King and I (Outstanding Revival of a Musical) each earned three awards.

The 2015 Outer Critics Circle winners and nominations are listed below: (**Winners are indicated in bold font**)

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

  • The Audience
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

  • An American in Paris
  • It Shoulda Been You
  • The Last Ship
  • Something Rotten!
  • The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

  • Between Riverside and Crazy
  • The City of Conversation
  • The Nether
  • Rasheeda Speaking
  • The Village Bike

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

  • A Christmas Memory
  • Disenchanted
  • The Fortress of Solitude
  • Hamilton
  • Lonesome Traveler

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Hamilton
  • It Shoulda Been You
  • The Last Ship
  • Something Rotten!
  • The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Hamilton
  • It Shoulda Been You
  • The Last Ship
  • Something Rotten!
  • The Visit

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • The Elephant Man
  • Fashions for Men
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • Skylight
  • You Can’t Take It With You

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Into the Woods
  • The King and I
  • On the Town
  • On the Twentieth Century
  • Side Show

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Stephen Daldry, The Audience
  • Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man
  • Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
  • Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Scott Ellis, On the Twentieth Century
  • Thomas Kail, Hamilton
  • Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
  • David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Reed Birney, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
  • Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy
  • Ben Miles, Wolf Hall
  • Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Greta Gerwig, The Village Bike
  • Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation
  • Helen Mirren, The Audience
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
  • Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
  • Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
  • Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
  • Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century
  • Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
  • Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
  • Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
  • Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
  • Chita Rivera, The Visit

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Paul Jesson, Wolf Hall
  • Richard McCabe, The Audience
  • Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
  • Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall
  • Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
  • Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
  • Francesca Faridany, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It With You
  • Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • John Cariani, Something Rotten!
  • Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You
  • Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
  • Paul Alexander Nolan, Doctor Zhivago
  • Max von Essen, An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Heidi Blickenstaff, Something Rotten!
  • Victoria Clark, Gigi
  • Megan Fairchild, On the Town
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
  • Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Joe Assadourian, The Bullpen
  • Jim Dale, Just Jim Dale
  • Tom Dugan, Wiesenthal
  • Cush Jumbo, Josephine and I
  • Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

  • Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
  • Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
  • Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century
  • Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

  • Bunny Christie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Scott Pask, Something Rotten!
  • David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
  • Michael Yeargan, The King and I

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

  • Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
  • Bob Crowley, The Audience
  • William Ivey Long, On The Twentieth Century
  • Christopher Orem, Wolf Hall
  • Catherine Zuber, The King and I

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

  • Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Jeff Croiter, Something Rotten!
  • Rick Fisher, The Audience
  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  • Japhy Weideman, The Visit

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

  • Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand
  • Halley Feiffer, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
  • Elizabeth Irwin, My Mañana Comes
  • Markus Potter, Stalking the Bogeyman
  • Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

The Broadway productions of Fun Home, Disgraced and Hand to God were not eligible for nominations this year, as they had previously been considered during their off-Broadway engagements. Fun Home won Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical in 2014; Disgraced and Hand to God were nominated for the John Gassner Award in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The Outer Critics Circle is the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway.

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