Outer Critics Circle Nominations

The nominations for the Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards were announced today. These awards honor excellence in both Broadway and off-Broadway. The OCC includes critics covering New York theatre for out-of-town outlets. Note that Hamilton was not considered this year as it was considered (and awarded) last year, for its off-Broadway iteration; only new elements of the Broadway production were considered. In addition, at the request of the show's producers, Shuffle Along... was not considered this year because of the OCC nomination deadline; it will be considered next year. Winners of this year's awards will be announced May 9 and feted May 26. Herein, the full list of nominees (unless otherwise noted, categories include Broadway and off-Broadway):

Outstanding New Broadway Play
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
  • American Psycho
  • Bright Star
  • On Your Feet
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Waitress
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
  • Cagney
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Lazarus
  • Southern Comfort
Outstanding Book of a Musical 
  • David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus
  • John Caird, Daddy Long Legs
  • Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet
  • Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Steve Martin, Bright Star
Outstanding New Score
  • Sara Bareilles, Waitress
  • Paul Gordon, Daddy Long Legs
  • Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
  • Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Duncan Sheik, American Psycho   
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Play
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Choreography
  • Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
  • Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
  • Josh Rhodes, Bright Star
  • Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
  • Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet
Outstanding Actor in a Play
  • Reed Birney, The Humans
  • Gabriel Byrne, Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Frank Langella, The Father
  • Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge
  • Ben Whishaw, The Crucible      
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
  • Alex Brightman, School of Rock
  • Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Robert Creighton, Cagney
  • Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Benjamin Walker, American Psycho
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
  • Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
  • Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
  • Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
  • Jessie Mueller, Waitress
  • Ana Willafane, On Your Feet
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
  • Sanjit De Silva, Dry Powder
  • Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride
  • Jim Norton, The Crucible
  • Robert Sella, Sylvia
  • Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
  • Nicholas Barasch, She Loves Me
  • Roger Bart, Disaster
  • Michael Esper, Lazarus
  • Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
  • Terrence Mann, Tuck Everlasting
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
  • Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
  • Andrea Burns, On Your Feet
  • Sophia Anne Caruso, Lazarus
  • Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
  • Helene Yorke, American Psycho 
Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)
  • Beowulf Boritt, Therese Raquin
  • David Korins, Misery
  • Mimi Lien, John
  • David Rockwell, She Loves Me
  • Walt Spangler, Tuck Everlasting
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
  • Donald Holder, She Loves Me
  • Natasha Katz, Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Kenneth Posner, On Your Feet
  • Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening
  • Justin Townsend, American Psycho
Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
  • Lucy Mackinnon, Spring Awakening
  • Peter Nigrini, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Peter Nigrini, Grounded
  • Finn Ross, American Psycho
  • Tal Yarden, Lazarus
Outstanding Solo Performance
  • Mike Birbiglia, Thank God for Jokes
  • Kathleen Chalfant, Rose
  • Anne Hathaway, Grounded
  • James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
  • Daphe Rubin-Vega, Empanada Loca
John Gassner Award (presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
  • Anna Ziegler, Boy
  • Lauren Gunderson, I and You
  • Martyna Majok, Ironbound
  • Marco Ramirez, The Royale
  • Lindsey Ferrentino, Ugly Lies the Bone


Note: Many of the nominated shows—like Waitress, American Psycho, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Dear Evan Hansen, and others—have not officially opened. Therefore, my review has not been published. Please check back throughout April for my reviews.

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