While the Outer Critics Circle can be a precursor for the upcoming Tonys, this year there are significant differences between the two awards. Two of the Tony frontrunners for Best Musical — “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — contended in previous seasons at the OCCs for their Off-Broadway runs.
It is difficult to predict which way the OCC will go for Best Broadway Musical. The nominees are “Anastasia,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Come From Away,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Holiday Inn.” “Anastasia” leads with 13 OCC nominations while “Come From Away” has seven, “Groundhog Day” five. “A Bronx Tale” four and “Holiday Inn” is at three.
On the play front, “Indecent,” Paula Vogel‘s first play to make it to Broadway earned six bids including Best Play. However it is three-time contender “Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the rust belt, that is the favorite here and at the Tonys. The two other Best Play contenders — “A Doll’s House Part 2” and “Oslo” earned three bids apiece.
Winners of the 67th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 8 with the presentation of the prizes to made at a gala reception at Sardi’s on May 25.
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