Eight days before the nominations for the Tony Awards are announced, the Outer Critics Circle have weighed in with contenders for their kudos. Winners will be revealed on May 13 and feted at Sardi’s on May 22. (See complete list of nominations here.)
Members of the group covering the Gotham theater scene for more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and theatre publications around the country and abroad.
The tuner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” leads with 11 nods, including Best Broadway Musical. Of the other shows up for that top prize, Disney’s “Aladdin” earned eight bids in all, the revue “After Midnight” scored six as did “Rocky” while “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” claimed five. (Predict the Best Musical race at the Tonys at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu.)
Two of the Best Play nominees — “Act One” and “All the Way” — reaped four bids apiece while “Casa Valentina” and “Outside Mullingar” earned two each and “The Realistic Joneses” got just this one nomination.
While the OCC considers new Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals separately, all other categories, such as acting and directing, combine the two. As such, there is not always room for all of the eventual Tony nominees. However, the Outer Critics Circle Awards often provide hints of the popularity of potential Tony winners.
Last year, they tipped the four Tony production prize champs — “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (Best Play), “Kinky Boots” (Best Musical), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (Best Play Revival) and “Pippin” (Best Musical Revival).
And three of the four winners of the OCC lead acting races went on to claim Tonys: play performer Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”) and song-and-dance stars Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”) and Patina Miller (“Pippin”).