Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

Broadway’s Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 67th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 25th  (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Celebrating its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad. 

Jenn Colella is an Outer Critics Circle Award winner for COME FROM AWAY. (photo by Matthew Murphy)

(Winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk. *)

Outer Critics Circle

2016-2017 Awards

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
*Oslo
Sweat


OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Anastasia
A Bronx Tale
*Come From Away
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
*If I Forget
Incognito
A Life
Linda
Love, Love, Love
 
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
*The Band’s Visit
Hadestown
Himself and Nora
Kid Victory
Spamilton
 
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Terrence McNally     Anastasia
Itamar Moses     The Band’s Visit
Chazz Palminteri     A Bronx Tale
Danny Rubin     Groundhog Day
*Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away
 
OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens     Anastasia
Alan Menken & Glenn Slater     A Bronx Tale
Tim Minchin     Groundhog Day
Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away
*David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit
 
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Front Page
*Jitney
The Little Foxes
Othello
The Price
 
 
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Finian’s Rainbow
*Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Sunset Boulevard
Sweeney Todd
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Lila Neugebauer     The Wolves
Jack O’Brien     The Front Page
Daniel Sullivan     The Little Foxes
*Rebecca Taichman     Indecent
Kate Whoriskey     Sweat
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
*Christopher Ashley     Come From Away
David Cromer     The Band’s Visit
Darko Tresnjak     Anastasia
Matthew Warchus     Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks     Hello, Dolly!
 
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Andy Blankenbuehler     Bandstand
*Warren Carlyle     Hello, Dolly!
Savion Glover     Shuffle Along
Kelly Devine     Come From Away
Denis Jones     Holiday Inn
 
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Alexander Dodge     Anastasia
Nigel Hook     The Play That Goes Wrong
*Mimi Lien     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Scott Pask     The Little Foxes
Douglas W. Schmidt     The Front Page
 
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Linda Cho     Anastasia
Susan Hilferty     Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto     Hello, Dolly!
Ann Roth     Shuffle Along
*Catherine Zuber     War Paint
 
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Christopher Akerlind     Indecent
Donald Holder     Anastasia
Natasha Katz     Hello, Dolly!
*Bradley King     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Kenneth Posner     War Paint
 
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Duncan McLean     Privacy
Jared Mezzocchi     Vietgone
Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions     Oslo
*Aaron Rhyne     Anastasia
Tal Yarden     Indecent
 
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin     The Encounter
*Gareth Owen     Come From Away
Nicholas Pope     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Matt Stine     Sweeney Todd
Nevin Steinberg     Bandstand
 
OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Doug Besterman     Anastasia
Larry Blank     Holiday Inn
Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen     Bandstand
*Larry Hochman     Hello, Dolly!
Jamshied Sharifi     The Band’s Visit
 
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Daniel Craig     Othello
Michael Emerson     Wakey, Wakey
*Kevin Kline     Present Laughter
David Oyelowo     Othello
David Hyde Pierce     A Life
 
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Janie Dee     Linda
Sally Field     The Glass Menagerie
Allison Janney     Six Degrees of Separation
*Laura Linney     The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf     A Doll’s House, Part 2
 
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle     Falsettos
Nick Cordero     A Bronx Tale
*Andy Karl     Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce     Hello, Dolly!
Tony Shalhoub     The Band’s Visit
 
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Christy Altomare     Anastasia
Christine Ebersole     War Paint
Katrina Lenk     The Band’s Visit
Patti LuPone     War Paint
*Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!
 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Michael Aronov     Oslo
*Danny DeVito     The Price
Nathan Lane     The Front Page
Richard Thomas     The Little Foxes
Richard Topol     Indecent
 
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Johanna Day     Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell     A Doll’s House, Part 2
Katrina Lenk     Indecent
Nana Mensah     Man From Nebraska
*Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes    
 
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Bolton     Anastasia
Jeffry Denman     Kid Victory
*Gavin Creel     Hello, Dolly!
Shuler Hensley     Sweet Charity
Andrew Rannells     Falsettos
 
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kate Baldwin     Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block     Falsettos
*Jenn Colella     Come From Away
Caroline O’Connor     Anastasia  
Mary Beth Peil     Anastasia
 
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Ed Dixon     Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
Marin Ireland     On the Exhale
Sarah Jones     Sell / Buy / Date    
Judith Light     All the Ways to Say I Love You
*Simon McBurney     The Encounter
 
JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jaclyn Backhaus     Men on Boats
Sarah DeLappe     The Wolves
Paola Lázaro     Tell Hector I Miss Him
Qui Nguyen     Vietgone
*Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

***Please Note:  The Off-Broadway productions of “Dear Evan Hansen,” “In Transit,” “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” and “Significant Other” were evaluated, nominated and/or received awards from Outer Critics Circle in previous seasons and therefore were not considered for this year. In the case of the Broadway musical “Sunset Boulevard,” Glenn Close won the Outstanding Actress Award in a Musical for her original performance. Any new elements for these current productions were assessed for this year’s awards. In addition, due to OCC’s nomination deadline last season, the producers of the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along,” asked to be included with this year’s entries.