As expected, Tony Awards frontrunner “Oslo” was named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle while the off-Broadway hit “The Band’s Visit” took Best Musical over Broadway fare. Earlier this week, J.T. Rogers three-hour play won with both the Lucille Lortel Awards for its original off-Broadway run and the Outer Critics Circle for its current Broadway stand.
“Oslo” tells the little-known true story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul (two-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle) and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen (Tony winner Jefferson Mays), who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat that culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
Circle members, who write for Gotham-based newspapers and magazines (with the exception of the New York Times), are Tony voters. They, along with the rest of the first night press list, had been dropped from the rolls in 2010 but were reinstated the following year.
Another Best Play Tony nominee, “Indecent,” marks the Broadway debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (“How I Learned to Drive”); she is to be honored by the Circle as is the Tony-nominated revival of August Wilson‘s “Jitney.”
The Circle will bestow these special citiations and the prizes of $2,500 for each of the play and musical winners at a private ceremony on May 18.
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