Outer Critics Circle Awards: ‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler win here on way to Tony Awards

Just hours after winning Best Play from the Lucille Lortel Awards for its off-Broadway run, Tony frontrunnerOslo” was named Best Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle on Monday. And with two of the Tony contenders for Best Musical — “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — having contended in previous seasons at these kudos for their Off-Broadway runs, the Best Broadway Musical award went to a rival Tony nominee, “Come From Away.” (Full list of Outer Critics Circle Awards winners.)

That Canadian import that tells the story of a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed thousands of passengers stranded by the 9/11 ban on air travel also won Best Director (Christopher Ashley), Featured Actress (Jenn Colella), Book, Orchestrator, and Sound Design.

Not surprisingly, the smash hit “Hello, Dolly!” won five awards, including Best Musical Revival. Star Bette Midler picked up the first of her precursor prizes in her march to the Tony Awards. Also honored were featured player Gavin Creel, the orchestrations and choreographer Warren Carlyle (who was ruled ineligible at the Tonys as his work was too close to that of the original).

With “Dear Evan Hansen” breakout star Ben Platt ineligible, Best Actor (Musical) went to his closest Tony competition, Andy Karl (“Groundhog Day”).  Despite a leading 13 nominations, “Anastasia” had to make do with one win: Projection Design.

2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Full list of winners led by ‘Hello, Dolly!’

On the play front, Kevin Kline won Best Actor for his over-the-top turn in Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter.” Another revival, “The Little Foxes,” claimed both actress awards for Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon while a third, “The Price,” won Danny DeVito the featured actor award for his Broadway debut.

Winners will be feted at a gala reception at Sardi’s on May 25.

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