69th Annual Theater Awards
Outer Critics Circle
Announce
2018-19 Season Nominees
“Hadestown”
Heads the List with 12 Nominations!
Followed by
“Tootsie” with 10 Nominations!
& “Oklahoma!” with 6 Nominations!
The First Broadway/Off-Broadway Award Nominees of the Season!

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced today (April 23, 2019) its nominees for the 2018-19 season. Broadway’s “Tootsie” star Julie Halston along with “Torch Song” sensation Michael Urie presided over the (11AM) announcement ceremony in the Oak Room at New York’s renowned Algonquin Hotel (59 W 44th Street).

Based on a recommendation by the OCC Executive Committee, Special Achievement Awards will be given to The Puppetry Team That Created and Operates King Kong recognizing the artistry and technical achievement that brings a 2,000-pound gorilla to life and to The York Theatre Company(James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director and Evans Haile, Executive Director) in recognition of 50 years of producing new musicals, as well as classics from the past.

Celebrating its 69th 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, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 13th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 23rd (3 PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

PLEASE NOTE: This season’s early production of “The Boys in the Band” was not eligible for Outer Critics Circle Awards because the production did not accommodate the nominators, due to the limited ticket availability and limited run of the show. “Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” was considered by the OCC for its off-Broadway run during the 2017-2018 season, and only new elements considered for its Broadway transfer. Per the petitioning of its producers, the Broadway production of “Hadestown” was considered in all musical-related categories due to substantial changes to its book, score, and production.

– Nominations follow –

Outer Critics Circle
2018-2019 Award Nominations

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Ferryman
Ink
Network
To Kill a Mockingbird
What the Constitution Means to Me

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Be More Chill
Hadestown
Head Over Heels
The Prom
Tootsie

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Fairview
The House That Will Not Stand
Lewiston / Clarkston
The Light
White Noise

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Beast in the Jungle
Black Light
Girl from the North Country
The Hello Girls
Midnight at the Never Get

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Robert Horn Tootsie
Conor McPherson Girl from the North Country
Peter Mills and Cara Reichel The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell Hadestown
Jeff Whitty and James Magruder Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (The Marjorie Gunner Award)
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin The Prom
Joe Iconis Be More Chill
Peter Mills The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell Hadestown
David Yazbek Tootsie

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
All My Sons
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Juno and the Paycock
Our Lady of 121st Street
The Waverly Gallery

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carmen Jones
Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Kiss Me, Kate
Oklahoma!
Smokey Joe’s Cafe

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rupert Goold Ink
Sam Mendes The Ferryman
Jack O’Brien All My Sons
Bartlett Sher To Kill a Mockingbird
Logan Vaughn The Light

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Rachel Chavkin Hadestown
Scott Ellis Tootsie
Daniel Fish Oklahoma!
Joel Grey Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Cara Reichel The Hello Girls

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle Kiss Me, Kate
Christopher Gattelli The Cher Show
Denis Jones Tootsie
David Neumann Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Beowulf Boritt Bernhardt/Hamlet
Bunny Christie Ink
Rachel Hauck Hadestown
Rob Howell The Ferryman
David Korins Beetlejuice

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Rob Howell The Ferryman
Bob Mackie The Cher Show
William Ivey Long Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long Tootsie
Arianne Phillips Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Neil Austin Ink
Stacey Derosier Lewiston / Clarkston
Bradley King Hadestown
Jason Lyons Sugar in Our Wounds
Peter Mumford King Kong

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Peter England King Kong
Alex Basco Koch Be More Chill
Peter Nigrini Beetlejuice
Jeff Sugg All My Sons
Tal Yarden Network

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
John Gromada All My Sons
Peter Hylenski King Kong
Drew Levy Oklahoma!
Eric Sleichim Network
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz Hadestown

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose Hadestown
Simon Hale Girl from the North Country
Joseph Joubert Carmen Jones
Daniel Kluger Oklahoma!
Harold Wheeler Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
McKinley Belcher III The Light
Bryan Cranston Network
Daveed Diggs White Noise
Bill Irwin On Beckett
Jeremy Pope Choir Boy

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Glenn Close Mother of the Maid
Edie Falco The True
Glenda Jackson King Lear
Mandi Masden The Light
Elaine May The Waverly Gallery

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Brooks Ashmanskas The Prom
Reeve Carney Hadestown
Damon Daunno Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana Tootsie
Steven Skybell Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Stephanie J. Block The Cher Show
Kelli O’Hara Kiss Me, Kate
Beth Leavel The Prom
Anika Noni Rose Carmen Jones
Mare Winningham Girl from the North Country

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bertie Carvel Ink
John Clay III Choir Boy
Hugh Dancy Apologia
John Procaccino Downstairs
Benjamin Walker All My Sons

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Joan Allen The Waverly Gallery
Stephanie Berry Sugar in Our Wounds
Fionnula Flanagan The Ferryman
Harriett D. Foy The House That Will Not Stand
Celia Keenan-Bolger To Kill a Mockingbird

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Behlmann Tootsie
André De Shields Hadestown
Reg Rogers Tootsie
George Salazar Be More Chill
Ephraim Sykes Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Amber Gray Hadestown
Leslie Kritzer Beetlejuice
Bonnie Milligan Head Over Heels
Sarah Stiles Tootsie
Ali Stroker Oklahoma!

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Mike Birbiglia The New One
Maddie Corman Accidentally Brave
Jake Gyllenhaal A Life
Carey Mulligan Girls & Boys
Renée Taylor My Life on a Diet

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jeremy O. Harris Slave Play
Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell The Lifespan of a Fact
Donja R. Love Sugar in Our Wounds
Ming Peiffer Usual Girls
Charly Evon Simpson Behind the Sheet

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Executive Committee voted and decided upon the presentation of Special Achievement Awards to:

The Puppetry Team That Created and Operates King Kong
recognizing the artistry and technical achievement that brings a 2,000-pound gorilla to life:

• Puppet designer and builder Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company

• Scenic designer Peter England, who collaborated on the aesthetics of the puppet

• Aerial and movement director Gavin Robins

• The members of the King’s Company, who move Kong on stage:
Mike Baerga, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, Jōvan Dansberry, Casey Garvin, Gabriel Hyman, Marty Lawson, Roberto Olvera, Khadija Tariyan, Lauren Yalango-Grant, David Yijae, Christopher Hampton Grant, Jena VanEslander, Scott Webber, Warren Yang, James Retter Duncan, Jonathan MacMillan, and Leigh-Ann Vizer.

• Kong’s Voodoo Operators, who control his facial expressions:
Jon Hoche, Danny Miller, and Jacob Williams.

The York Theatre Company
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director
Evans Haile, Executive Director
in recognition of 50 years of producing new musicals, as well as classics from the past

PLEASE NOTE:

This season’s early production of The Boys in the Band was not eligible for Outer Critics Circle Awards because the production did not accommodate the nominators, due to the limited ticket availability and limited run of the show.

Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song was considered by the OCC for its off-Broadway run during the 2017-2018 season, and only new elements considered for its Broadway transfer.

Per the petitioning of its producers, the Broadway production of Hadestown was considered in all musical-related categories due to substantial changes to its book, score, and production.

PRODUCTIONS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

Hadestown – 12, Tootsie – 10, Oklahoma! – 6, All My Sons – 5, The Ferryman – 5, Ink – 5, Be More Chill – 4, Beetlejuice – 4, Girl from the North Country – 4, Head Over Heels – 4, The Hello Girls – 4, The Light – 4, Network – 4, The Prom – 4, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations – 3, Carmen Jones – 3, The Cher Show – 3, Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) – 3, King Kong – 3 (plus a special achievement award), Kiss Me, Kate – 3, To Kill a Mockingbird – 3, Sugar in Our Wounds – 3, The Waverly Gallery – 3, The House That Will Not Stand – 2, Choir Boy – 2,
The House That Will Not Stand – 2, Lewiston / Clarkston – 2, White Noise – 2

2018-19 Outer Critics Circle Nominating Committee
David, Gordon, Simon Saltzman, Patrick Hoffman, Joseph Cervelli,
Harry Haun, Cynthia Allen, Richard Ridge, David Roberts and Janice Simpson