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2014 Outer Critics’ Circle Nominations

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Madson Melo
  • MHayes1323
    May 6th, 2012

    Here are the nominees for the 2014 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. They don’t usually have a huge overlap with the Tonys, but this plus the Drama Desk Awards are a pretty decent prognosticator to see which productions and actors have buzz.

    Outstanding New Broadway Play
    Act One
    Casa Valentina
    All The Way
    Outside Mullingar
    The Realistic Joneses
    (This is exactly what I’m predicting for the Tonys lineup, so I love this list haha)

    Outstanding New Broadway Musical
    After Midnight
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 
    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
    Choir Boy
    The Explorer’s Club
    The Heir Apparent
    Stage Kiss

    Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
    Far From Heaven
    Fun Home
    Murder For Two
    What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

    Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
    Fun Home
    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
    The Bridges of Madison County
    Fun Home
    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
    The Cripple of Inishmaan
    The Glass Menagerie
    Twelfth Night
    The Winslow Boy

    Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
    Les Misérables

    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 Shaloub, 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
    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 Director of a Play
    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 and Murder

    Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
    Gregg Barnes, Aladdin
    Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
    William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
    Jenny Tiamani, 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 and 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 
    (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 

    Dec 17th, 2011


    I know the Outer Critics have less impact than the Drama Desks but we could still see where some shifting is going with these.

    -I am saddened that The Bridges of Madison County didn’t make it into Best Musical or for Best Actor for Steven Pasquale.

    -I am, however, elated for the snubs for If/Then in Musical and also for Idina Menzel in Actress.

    -Speaking of Actress, that race will be interesting because of Audra McDonald being in there in what many felt was Menzel’s spot. As fantastic as she is in Lady Day (the facial tics and the voice work are almost like a possession), I am still pulling for Kelli O’Hara to finally take the awards walk to the podium.

    -Unless Gentleman’s Guide really starts sweeping, could we possibly see Marin Mazzie win Featured Actress in another overdue type situation? The only catch is her reviews weren’t as great as O’Hara’s (but then again Ben Brantley has never liked Marin Mazzie) and Bullets isn’t as well received either so that race will be interesting.

    -I wonder how good Danny Burstein is in Cabaret because he is also another person deserving of a Tony.

    -Andy Karl making it in for Rocky, along with Rocky making into Musical and Director (though Director wasn’t as surprising because I am sure that boxing finale was the main reason)….some shows get nominated here and then fade (Chaplin, Women on the Verge…) and some get snubbed at OC and Drama Desk and then STILL get nominated for a Tony (recent example: Catch Me If You Can).

    So, now its time to wait for the Drama Desk nominations. It still isn’t finished because last year, the OC loved Kinky Boots while Drama Desk barely gave it ANYTHING….not to mention how the OC gave Patina Miller the win and then the DD royally screwed up by snubbing her.

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    Feb 19th, 2012

    Audra McDonald nominated for Lead Actress in a MUSICAL! (: Big game changer! If the Tony’s agree with this, Lady Day would be eligible for musical revival as well…

    Rocky did much better than I thought, and Aladdin too. If/Then got overlooked, including Idina Menzel. Beautiful did beter than expected (Larsen and Spector, in addition to the expected Mueller). Bullets was not loved (Mazzie and Stroman’s choreography).

    Mark Rylance in lead for Twelfth Night and Tony Shalhoub in lead for Act One. McKellan and O’Byrne, surprised.

    Paul Chahidi, John McMartin and (the wonderful) Allesandro Nivola are all big surprises for me. The Winslow Boy getting 3 nominations, incl. Revival and Director!

    The male cast of Casa Valentina shut out, and Cripple getting zero acting nominations are surprises.

    The Outer Critics are often different than the Tony nominations – it’s getting interesting, esp. which category Audra goes in!

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    Madson Melo
    Jul 25th, 2011

    I’m SHOCKED by the power of Aladdin and Rocky, and with If/Then and Bullets basically snubbed!

    Audra in musical, with no Menzel! Wow!

    Washington snubbed in the same award that gave him the win few years ago lol

    Beautiful did very good too, good for them!

    Iglehart and Harris are so gonna be locks for their awards.

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    Richard R
    Nov 24th, 2011

    Rocky is a crowd pleaser so that doesn’t surprise me. Nothing for Menzel or Washington. No that is a surprise. I can’t see the Tony’s snubbing  Washington and Menzel 

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    Jul 5th, 2011

    The OCC does tend to have some off-the-wall stuff. They’re kind of the Golden Globes of theatre awards. They do often go for the more popular titles, though that makes the snubbing of Bullets, Washington and Menzel more surprising.

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    Jan 17th, 2012

    The OCC tends to skew more towards middle of the road “crowd pleasers”, so its not too surprising that Rocky and Aladdin did so well here and If/Then was overlooked. This is after all the same group that awarded Young Frankenstein Best Musical…lord help us.

    But considering that fact I am shocked how well Winslow Boy and Machinal were able to do here. Considering Casa Valentina isnt opening til tomorrow (seeing the final preview tonight!), Im guessing thats the reason for its shut out. I heard there have been many cuts along the way to make the story clearer.

    If the Tonys put Lady Day in revival of a musical, Cabaret better start getting worried.

    Ian McKellen managed to show up!…but not for Waiting for Godot which many assumed voters would lean towards.  Have we been wrong about the preference for Godot, or is this just one of the OCC’s many weird calls?

    How ON EARTH is Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet not on there for best off-broadway musical??  Was the Ars Nova workshop eligible last season? Here Lies Love is certainly deserving of a slot there too.

    This is one group where I expected Bullets Over Broadway to really shine, especially with their penchant for rewarding big song and dance shows, even if they are otherwise thin on plot or characters. If they cant pull out a best musical nod with the OCC they will need to do some serious work on the tony nominators.  Aladdin and Beautiful have been “on the bubble” of the big award for a while and this definitely helps their case. 

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    Feb 14th, 2012

    I take these with a grain of salt. The Tony noms will look much different. Harris is not even close to a lock for a win because Mays is looking better and better with all of the Gentleman’s Guide love.

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    Apr 6th, 2012

    The Outer Critics Circle placed Marin Mazzie (BULLETS OVER BROADWAY) in the Featured category just as Dianne Wiest was for the movie.  It was been discussed elsewhere in the Forum about into which category she falls. 

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    May 6th, 2012

    I think the Tonys will end up considering everyone in Bullets Featured (with the possible exception of Zach Braff), so that certainly helps Mazzie’s chances. She’ll get in before Helene Yorke does. On another similar note, both the OCC and Drama League Awards have put Audra McDonald and Lady Day in the Musical Revival category. If the Drama Desks follow suit tomorrow, I think the Tonys will as well (it makes sense given the dearth of musical revivals this year), and that could lead to a very big shake-up in the Lead Actress category (Mazzie definitely won’t get in if she’s Lead then).

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