Danny Burstein in Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! tops the list of 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award Honorees

Kristin Chenoweth, Bryan Cranston, Patti LuPone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Patrick Stewart have announced the honorees for the 70th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

To commemorate the 2019-2020 Broadway and Off-Broadway season, special honorees have now been announced as recipients of the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards. In the spirit of celebration, in lieu of the traditional format of a number of nominees and one winner, the organization has adapted to the unprecedented circumstances New York City is currently experiencing. In each of the 26 categories, up to six honorees (for acting) or five honorees (for technical categories) were named from Broadway and (almost 150) Off-Broadway productions who officially opened by the eligibility cutoff date of March 6, 2020.

The Broadway premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical topped the list with a grand total of 11 honors, whilst the most awarded play was The Sound Inside, starring Mary-Louise Parker, with 7 honors.

In addition, the annual John Gassner Award (for an American play, preferably by a new playwright) will be presented to four recipients this year, each receiving a monetary prize. The honorees are:

Will Arbery (for Heroes of the Fourth Turning)

Eboni Booth (for Paris

Catya McMullen (for Georgia Mertching Is Dead)

Alexis Scheer (for Our Dear Dead Drug Lord)

The honorees for the 70th Anniversary of the awards were announced in a video by top stars of the world of theater, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston, Kristin Chenoweth and Patrick Stewart. You can view the video announcement below...


Here is the full list of the 2020 honorees...

The 2018 winners by category are:

Outstanding New Broadway Play

Grand Horizons
The Height of the Storm
The Inheritance
Linda Vista
The Sound Inside

Outstanding New Broadway Musical

Jagged Little Pill
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

Cambodian Rock Band
Greater Clements
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Make Believe

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

Darling Grenadine
The Secret Life of Bees
Soft Power
A Strange Loop

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Diablo CodyJagged Little Pill
David Henry HwangSoft Power
Michael R. JacksonA Strange Loop
Lynn NottageThe Secret Life of Bees
Mark SaltzmanRomeo & Bernadette

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Duncan Sheik and Susan BirkenheadThe Secret Life of Bees
Ross GolanThe Wrong Man
Michael R. JacksonA Strange Loop
Dave MalloyOctet
Jeanine Tesori and David Henry HwangSoft Power

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Fires in the Mirror
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
A Soldier's Play

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Little Shop of Horrors
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
West Side Story

Outstanding Actor in a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Ian BarfordLinda Vista
Edmund DonovanGreater Clements
Raúl EsparzaSeared
Tom HiddlestonBetrayal
Will HochmanThe Sound Inside
Jonathan PryceThe Height of the Storm

Outstanding Actress in a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Eileen AtkinsThe Height of the Storm
Judith IveyGreater Clements
Joaquina KalukangoSlave Play
April MatthisToni Stone
Mary-Louise ParkerThe Sound Inside

Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Jonathan GroffLittle Shop of Horrors
Joshua HenryThe Wrong Man
Adam KantorDarling Grenadine
Larry OwensA Strange Loop
Isaac PowellWest Side Story
Aaron TveitMoulin Rouge! The Musical

Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Beth MaloneThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
Janelle McDermothWe're Gonna Die
Karen OlivoMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Shereen PimentelWest Side Story
Elizabeth StanleyJagged Little Pill
Adrienne WarrenTina: The Tina Turner Musical

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David Alan GrierA Soldier's Play
John Benjamin HickeyThe Inheritance
Paul HiltonThe Inheritance
Samuel H. LevineThe Inheritance
John-Andrew MorrisonBlues for an Alabama Sky
Chris PerfettiMoscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Liza Colón-ZayasHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Montego GloverAll the Natalie Portmans
Marsha MasonLittle Gem
Krysta RodriguezSeared
Lois SmithThe Inheritance
Jennifer Van DyckThe Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Christian BorleLittle Shop of Horrors
Danny BursteinMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Gus HalperSing Street
Jay Armstrong JohnsonScotland, PA
Francis JueSoft Power
Daniel J. WattsTina: The Tina Turner Musical

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Eisa DavisThe Secret Life of Bees
Kathryn GallagherJagged Little Pill
LaChanzeThe Secret Life of Bees
Judy McLaneRomeo & Bernadette
Lauren PattenJagged Little Pill
Saycon SengblohThe Secret Life of Bees

Outstanding Solo Performance (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David CaleWe're Only Alive For a Short Amount of Time
Laura LinneyMy Name Is Lucy Barton
Aedin MoloneyYes! Reflections of Molly Bloom
Deirdre O'ConnellDana H.
Michael Benjamin WashingtonFires in the Mirror

Outstanding Director of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David CromerThe Sound Inside
Stephen DaldryThe Inheritance
Kenny LeonA Soldier's Play
Jamie LloydBetrayal
John OrtizHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Outstanding Director of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Stephen BrackettA Strange Loop
Michael MayerLittle Shop of Horrors
Diane PaulusJagged Little Pill
Alex TimbersMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Ivo van HoveWest Side Story

Outstanding Choreographer

Sidi Larbi CherakouiJagged Little Pill
Raja Feather KellyA Strange Loop
Sonya TayehMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Anthony Van LaastTina: The Tina Turner Musical
Travis WallThe Wrong Man

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)

Rob HowellA Christmas Carol
Tim MackabeeSeared
Derek McLaneMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Clint RamosGrand Horizons
Anthony WardThe Height of the Storm

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Vanessa LeuckEmojiland
Jeff MahshieBob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mark ThompsonTina: The Tina Turner Musical
Rachel Townsend and Jessica JahnThe Confession of Lily Dare
Catherine ZuberMoulin Rouge! The Musical

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

Isabella ByrdHeroes of the Fourth Turning
Heather GilbertThe Sound Inside
Justin TownsendMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Hugh VanstoneA Christmas Carol
Hugh VanstoneThe Height of the Storm

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)

Luke HallsWest Side Story
Brad PetersonBroadway Bounty Hunter
Lisa Renkel and Possible ProductionsEmojiland
Aaron RhyneThe Sound Inside
Hannah WasileskiFires in the Mirror

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)

Simon BakerA Christmas Carol
Mikhail FikselDana H.
Peter HylenskiMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Sanae YamadaIs This A Room
Daniel KlugerThe Sound Inside

Outstanding Orchestrations

Tom KittJagged Little Pill
Alex LacamoireThe Wrong Man
Justin Levine with Matt Stine, Katie Kresek and Charlie RosenMoulin Rouge! The Musical
Christopher NightingaleA Christmas Carol
Duncan Sheik and John ClancyThe Secret Life of Bees

The Outer Critics Circle is the official organization of New York theatre writers for out-of-town newspapers and national publications.

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)


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