2014 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners

 

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All The Way heading for Broadway

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All The Way

All The Way” won Outstanding New Broadway Play and Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in  Play in the 64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. “The Glass Menagerie” won Outstanding Revival of a Play, with Cherry Jones winning Outstanding Actress in a Play and Brian J. Smith as Outstanding Featured Actor.  Winners of Outstanding Musicals were “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (Broadway) and “Fun Home” (Off-Broadway.) Here is the complete list of the winners, in bold face with asterisks:

outercriticscirclelogoOUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Act One

 * All the Way

Casa Valentina

Outside Mullingar

The Realistic Joneses

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

After Midnight

Aladdin

Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

 * A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Appropriate

Choir Boy

 * The Explorer’s Club

The Heir Apparent

Stage Kiss

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Michael Cerveris and Sydney Lucas as Dad and Small Alison

Michael Cerveris and Sydney Lucas in Fun Home

Far From Heaven

 * Fun Home

Murder For Two

Storyville

What’s It All About?  Bacharach Reimagined

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

 Fun Home

 *   Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE – The Marjorie Gunner Award

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

 *   Jason Robert Brown  – The Bridges of Madison County

Fun Home

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

If / Then

 

 

The Glass Menagerie: There is one magical moment in The Glass Menagerie that I don’t want to talk about since the surprise of it is part of what makes it magical. (For those of you who’ve seen the show – the couch moment.) The rapport between Laura and the gentleman caller is a sustained magical moment, thanks to the performances of Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith.

The Glass Menagerie:

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Cripple of Inishmaan

 * The Glass Menagerie

Machinal

Twelfth Night

The Winslow Boy

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 16OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Cabaret

 * Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Les Misérables

Violet

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY – The Lucille Lortel Award

  * Tim Carroll    Twelfth Night

Michael Grandage    The Cripple of Inishmaan

Lindsay Posner   The Winslow Boy

Bill Rauch    All the Way

Lyndsey Turner    Machinal

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle    After Midnight

Laurence Connor & James Powell    Les Misérables

Sam Gold    Fun Home

Alex Timbers    Rocky

* Darko Tresnjak    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

 * Warren Carlyle   After Midnight

Peggy Hickey    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine    Rocky

Casey Nicholaw    Aladdin

Susan Stroman    Bullets Over Broadway

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

* Christopher Barreca    Rocky

Beowulf Boritt    Act One

Bob Crowley    Aladdin

Es Devlin    Machinal

Alexander Dodge    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes    Aladdin

Linda Cho    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

* William Ivey Long    Bullets Over Broadway

Jenny Tiramani    Twelfth Night

Isabel Toledo    After Midnight

 

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
* Kevin Adams    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Howell Binkley    After Midnight

Paule Constable    Les Misérables

Natasha Katz    Aladdin

Philip S. Rosenberg    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

* Bryan Cranston    All the Way

Ian McKellen    No Man’s Land

Brían F. O’Byrne    Outside Mullingar

Mark Rylance    Twelfth Night

Tony Shalhoub    Act One

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Tyne Daly    Mothers and Sons

Rebecca Hall    Machinal

Jessica Hecht    Stage Kiss

 * Cherry Jones    The Glass Menagerie

Estelle Parsons    The Velocity of Autumn

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Michael Cerveris    Fun Home

Neil Patrick Harris    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Andy Karl    Rocky

* Jefferson Mays    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Bryce Pinkham    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Sutton Foster    Violet

* Audra McDonald    Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Jessie Mueller    Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

Kelli O’Hara    The Bridges of Madison County

Michelle Williams    Cabaret

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Paul Chahidi    Twelfth Night

Michael Cyril Creighton   Stage Kiss

John McMartin   All the Way

Alessandro Nivola   The Winslow Boy

* Brian J. Smith    The Glass Menagerie

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY   (TIE VOTE!)

Barbara Barrie   I Remember Mama

 * Andrea Martin   Act One

Sophie Okonedo   A Raisin in the Sun

Anika Noni Rose   A Raisin in the Sun

 * Mare Winningham   Casa Valentina

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein   Cabaret

* Nick Cordero   Bullets Over Broadway

Joshua Henry   Violet

James Monroe Iglehart   Aladdin

Jarrod Spector   Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Judy Kuhn   Fun Home

Anika Larsen   Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

Sydney Lucas   Fun Home

* Marin Mazzie    Bullets Over Broadway  

Lisa O’Hare   A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Jim Brochu    Character Man

Debra Jo Rupp    Becoming Dr. Ruth

Ruben Santiago-Hudson    How I Learned What I Learned

Alexandra Silber    Arlington

 * John Douglas Thompson    Satchmo at the Waldorf

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Triple TIE VOTE!)

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

Scott Z. Burns    The Library

 * Eric Dufault    Year of the Rooster

 * Madeleine George    The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence

 * Steven Levenson    The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin

Lauren Yee    The Hatmaker’s Wife

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bill Berloni of Bill Berloni Theatrical Animals in recognition of this season’s outstanding performances by his dogs in “Annie,” “The Open House,” “The Threepenny Opera,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Lady Day” as well as for the 300 dogs he has found in homeless shelters and made into theater stars over his illustrious career.

 

Winners Talley for 2 or more:

 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder 4; Bullets Over Broadway 3; The Glass Menagerie 3; All the Way 2; Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2.

 

The awards ceremony will be held May 22 at Sardi’s.

The Outer Critics Circle is an association of theater critics affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television stations, and theater publications in the United States and abroad.  

 

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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