It’s All About Harry, Angels, and a Sponge That Can Sing – Outer Critics Circle Award Winners Announced, 2017-2018

Desperate Measures

The 2017/18 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners Have Been Announced

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories.

Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole and Martha Plimpton will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 68th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Celebrating its 68th 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. Frontmezzjunkies.com is a voting member.

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

Outer Critics Circle 2017-2018 Awards

Photo Credit Matthew Murphy
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

The Children

Farinelli and the King

*Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Junk

SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

Escape to Margaritaville

Frozen

Mean Girls

Prince of Broadway

*SpongeBob SquarePants

 

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Admissions

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

*Admissions

Cost of Living

Hangmen

The Low Road

Mlima’s Tale

DESPERATE MEASURES Production Photo 3
Desperate Measures

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Cruel Intentions

*Desperate Measures

Jerry Springer- The Opera

Miss You Like Hell

Woody Sez

 

Mean GirlsAugust Wilson Theater
Mean Girls

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

*Tina Fey     Mean Girls

Quiara Alegría Hudes     Miss You Like Hell

Kyle Jarrow     SpongeBob SquarePants

Peter Kellogg     Desperate Measures

 OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

* Jonathan Coulton, David Bowie and Brian Eno, Plain White T’s, T.I., Domani Harris, and Darwin Quinn, Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, Yolanda Adams, The Flaming Lips, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, They Might Be Giants, Andy Paley and Tom Kenny, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, and Blaise Smith, and Tom Kitt –  SpongeBob SquarePants

David Friedman & Peter Kellogg          Desperate Measures

Imogen Heap                   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Erin McKeown & Quiara Alegría Hudes            Miss You Like Hell

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez              Frozen

Angels in AmericaMillennium Approaches
Angels in America Millennium Approaches

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

*Angels in America

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Lobby Hero

Three Tall Women

Travesties

Lerner & LowesMy Fair Lady Lincoln Center Theater
My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Carousel

*My Fair Lady

Once on This Island

Pacific Overtures

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD at New York’s Lyric Theatre
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Jo Bonney     Cost of Living

Marianne Elliott     Angels in America

Patrick Marber     Travesties

Joe Mantello     Three Tall Women

*John Tiffany     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My Fair LadyLincoln Center Theatre
My Fair Lady 

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Michael Arden     Once on This Island

Bill Castellino     Desperate Measures

*Tina Landau     SpongeBob SquarePants  (tie)

Casey Nicholaw     Mean Girls

*Bartlett Sher     My Fair Lady  (tie)

Carousel
Carousel

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Camille A. Brown     Once on This Island

Christopher Gattelli     My Fair Lady

Christopher Gattelli     SpongeBob SquarePants

Steven Hoggett     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

*Justin Peck     Carousel

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD at New York’s Lyric Theatre
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Miriam Buether     Three Tall Women

Myung Hee Cho     In the Body of the World

*Christine Jones     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Yeargan     My Fair Lady

David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants

MFL1159 - Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, and Allan Corduner, credit to Joan Marcus
My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Katrina Lindsay     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Clint Ramos     Once on This Island

Paloma Young     Time and the Conways

David Zinn     SpongeBob SquarePants

*Catherine Zuber     My Fair Lady

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD at New York’s Lyric Theatre
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Kevin Adams     SpongeBob SquarePants

*Neil Austin     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Paule Constable     Angels in America

Paul Russell     Farinelli and the King

Lap Chi Chu     Mlima’s Tale

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Tim Reid     1984

Finn Ross     Frozen

Finn Ross     In the Body of the World

Finn Ross & Adam Young     Mean Girls

*Finn Ross & Ash Woodward     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

*Gareth Fry     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Kate Marvin     [Porto]

Fitz Patton     Napoli, Brooklyn

Marc Salzberg     My Fair Lady

Darron L. West     Mlima’s Tale

Carousel
Carousel

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS

Jason Robert Brown, Charlie Rosen, Larry Blank, & Sam Davis          Prince of Broadway

Tom Kitt     SpongeBob SquarePants

AnnMarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin     Once on This Island

*Jonathan Tunick     Carousel

Claire van Kampen     Farinelli and the King

Angels in AmericaMillennium Approaches
Angels in America Millennium Approaches

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Sean Carvajal     Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

*Andrew Garfield     Angels in America

Tom Hollander     Travesties

Gregg Mozgala     Cost of Living

Michael Urie     The Government Inspector

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Three Tall Women

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

MaameYaa Boafo     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Jessica Hecht     Admissions

*Glenda Jackson     Three Tall Women

Lauren Ridloff     Children of a Lesser God

Katy Sullivan     Cost of Living

SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical for Everyone

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Harry Hadden-Paton     My Fair Lady

Joshua Henry     Carousel

David M. Lutken     Woody Sez

Conor Ryan     Desperate Measures

*Ethan Slater     SpongeBob SquarePants

Lerner & LowesMy Fair Lady Lincoln Center Theater
My Fair Lady

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

*Lauren Ambrose     My Fair Lady

Erika Henningsen     Mean Girls

Hailey Kilgore     Once On This Island

Taylor Louderman     Mean Girls

Patti Murin     Frozen

Angels in AmericaMillennium Approaches
Angels in America Millennium Approaches

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Anthony Boyle     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Johnny Flynn     Hangmen

*Nathan Lane   Angels in America

David Morse     The Iceman Cometh

Paul Sparks     At Home at the Zoo

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Three Tall Women

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jamie Brewer     Amy and the Orphans

Denise Gough     Angels in America

Harriet Harris     The Low Road

* Laurie Metcalf     Three Tall Women

Mary Testa     The Government Inspector

Lerner & LowesMy Fair Lady Lincoln Center Theater
My Fair Lady

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

*Norbert Leo Butz     My Fair Lady

Alexander Gemignani     Carousel

Gavin Lee     SpongeBob SquarePants

Nick Wyman     Desperate Measures

Tony Yazbeck     Prince of Broadway

Carousel
Carousel

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kerry Butler    Mean Girls

*Lindsay Mendez     Carousel

Lauren Molina     Desperate Measures

Ashley Park     Mean Girls  

Emily Skinner     Prince of Broadway

 

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Harry Clarke

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

*Billy Crudup     Harry Clarke

Eve Ensler     In the Body of the World

Alison Fraser     Squeamish

John Lithgow     Stories By Heart

Sharon Washington     Feeding the Dragon

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Kate Benson     [Porto]

*Jocelyn Bioh     School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

Lindsey Ferrentino     Amy and the Orphans

Meghan Kennedy     Napoli, Brooklyn

Dominique Morisseau     Pipeline

Awards Talley for 3 or more:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” – 6; “My Fair Lady” – 5; “SpongeBob SquarePants” – 4; “Angels in America” – 3; and “Carousel” – 3.

***Please Note:   “The Band’s Visit” was nominated for and received multiple awards from the Outer Critics Circle last season and therefore was not considered again for this year.

2017-18 Outer Critics Circle Nominating Committee

Simon Saltzman, Stanley L. Cohen, Patrick Hoffman, Joseph Cervelli,  Aubrey Reuben, David Gordon & Harry Haun

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