Jamie Parker as Harry Potter & Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants

Nominations for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards announced

SpongeBob SquarePants and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lead the pack as the most-nominated musical and play, respectively.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The nominations for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards were revealed today, with the winners to be announced on Monday, May 7.

The Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants leads the pack with a grand total of 11 nominations, whilst Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became the most-nominated play with an impressive total of 10 nods.

It should be noted that the critically acclaimed Broadway premiere of The Band's Visit was not eligible this year, as the previous off-Broadway engagement at Atlantic Theater Company already received multiple Outer Critics Circle Awards last year.

The 2018 nominations by category are:

Outstanding New Broadway Play

The Children

Farinelli and the King

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Outstanding New Broadway Musical

Escape to Margaritaville


Mean Girls

Prince of Broadway

SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play


Cost of Living


The Low Road

Mlima's Tale

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

Cruel Intentions

Desperate Measures

Jerry Springer - The Opera

Miss You Like Hell

Woody Sez

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

Tina FeyMean Girls

Quiara Alegría HudesMiss You Like Hell

Kyle JarrowSpongeBob SquarePants

Peter KelloggDesperate Measures

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

SpongeBob SquarePants (Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani and Lil' C, Jonathan Coulton, and Tom Kitt)

David Friedman and Peter KelloggDesperate Measures

Imogen HeapHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Erin McKeown and Quiara Alegría HudesMiss You Like Hell

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert LopezFrozen

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

Angels in America

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Lobby Hero

Three Tall Women


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


My Fair Lady

Once on This Island

Pacific Overtures

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

Sean CarvajalJesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Andrew GarfieldAngels in America

Tom HollanderTravesties

Gregg MozgalaCost of Living

Michael UrieThe Government Inspector

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

MaameYaa BoafoSchool Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Jessica HechtAdmissions

Glenda JacksonThree Tall Women

Lauren RidloffChildren of a Lesser God

Katy SullivanCost of Living

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

Harry Hadden-PatonMy Fair Lady

Joshua HenryCarousel

David M. LutkenWoody Sez

Conor RyanDesperate Measures

Ethan SlaterSpongeBob SquarePants

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

Lauren AmbroseMy Fair Lady

Erika HenningsenMean Girls

Hailey KilgoreOnce on This Island

Taylor LoudermanMean Girls

Patti MurinFrozen

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

Anthony BoyleHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Johnny FlynnHangmen

Nathan LaneAngels in America

David MorseThe Iceman Cometh

Paul SparksAt Home at the Zoo

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

Jamie BrewerAmy and the Orphans

Denise GoughAngels in America

Harriet HarrisThe Low Road

Laurie MetcalfThree Tall Women

Mary TestaThe Government Inspector

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

Norbert Leo ButzMy Fair Lady

Alexander GemignaniCarousel

Gavin LeeSpongeBob SquarePants

Nick WymanDesperate Measures

Tony YazbeckPrince of Broadway

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

Kerry ButlerMean Girls

Lindsay MendezCarousel

Lauren MolinaDesperate Measures

Ashley ParkMean Girls

Emily SkinnerPrince of Broadway

Outstanding Solo Performance (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Billy CrudupHarry Clarke

Eve EnslerIn the Body of the World

Alison FraserSqueamish

John LithgowStories by Heart

Sharon WashingtonFeeding the Dragon

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

Jo Bonney, Cost of Living

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America

Patrick MarberTravesties

Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women

John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child 

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

Michael Arden, Once on This Island

Bill CastellinoDesperate Measures

Tina LandauSpongeBob SqaurePants

Casey NicholawMean Girls

Bartlett SherMy Fair Lady

Outstanding Choreographer

Camille A. BrownOnce on This Island

Christopher GattelliMy Fair Lady

Christopher GattelliSpongeBob SquarePants

Steven HoggettHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Justin PeckCarousel

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)

Miriam BuetherThree Tall Women

Myung Hee ChoIn the Body of the World

Christine JonesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael YearganMy Fair Lady

David Zinn​, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Katrina LindsayHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Clint Ramos, Once on This Island

Paloma YoungTime and the Conways

David ZinnSpongeBob SquarePants

Catherine ZuberMy Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

Kevin AdamsSpongeBob SquarePants

Neil AustinHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Paule ConstableAngels in America

Paul RussellFarinelli and the King

Lap Chi ChuMlima's Tale

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)

Tim Reid1984

Finn RossFrozen

Finn RossIn the Body of the World

Finn Ross and Adam YoungMean Girls

Finn Ross and Ash WoodwardHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)

Gareth FryHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Kate Marvin[Porto]

Fitz PattonNapoli, Brooklyn

Marc SalzbergMy Fair Lady

Darron L. WestMlima's Tale

Outstanding Orchestrations

Jason Robert BrownPrince of Broadway

Tom KittSpongeBob SquarePants

AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael StarobinOnce on This Island

Jonathan TunickCarousel

Claire Van KampenFarinelli and the King

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

Kate Benson[Porto]

Jocelyn BiohSchool Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Lindsey FerrentinoAmy and the Orphans

Meghan KennedyNapoli, Brooklyn

Dominique MorisseauPipeline

(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child photo by Manuel Harlan, SpongeBob SquarePants photo by Joan Marcus)


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