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‘Something Rotten!’, ‘On the Twentieth Century’ and More Score Big with Outer Critics Circle Nomination

By Nora Dominick ’17/ Emertainment Monthly Assistant Stage Editor

Brian d'Arcy James and the cast of Something Rotten!. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com
Brian d’Arcy James and the cast of Something Rotten! Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Broadway.com

On Monday April 20, 2015 the nominations for the 65th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced. With the nominations being released, this officially kicks off the theatre awards season.

Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theater. The nominations are filled with Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals for the 2014-2015 season. There are 24 categories in total and this years batch of nominees range from newcomers to Broadway veterans.

Something Rotten!, a new musical by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, cleaned up with 12 nominations in total. The revival of On the Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher received 9 nominations and An American in Paris with eight. In terms of plays, Wolf Hall led the pack with 7 nominations. Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit off-Broadway Musical, Hamilton, also earned 5 nominations including Outstanding New Off-Broadway musical, Best New Score and Best Book of a Musical. Another hot show that received several nominations was the hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The play received six Outer Critics Circle nominations including Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kelli O'Hara in The King and I. Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik/Broadway.com
Kelli O’Hara in The King and I. Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik/Broadway.com

The most competitive categories already? Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Musical. The Outstanding Actress category is filled to the brim with Broadway veterans and newcomers. Kelli O’Hara, Chita Rivera, Tyne Daly and Kristin Chenoweth are all up for this award, which is amazing in itself. All four actresses are Broadway royalty and will make this season of awards one for the ages. O’Hara is making a career defining turn in The King and I and she could see her first ever win, which is shocking in itself. In terms of Outstanding Actor, Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James are both up for their roles in Something Rotten!, which is sure to make for an interesting category.

With these nominations just released the theatre award season begins to heat up and Broadway fans everywhere can now anxiously await for this years Broadway royalty to be announced. The winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 21, 201 at Sardi’s Restaurant in NYC.

Below is a full list of 65th Annual Outer Critics Circle nominees:

Outstanding New Broadway Play

The Audience

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Wolf Hall

Outstanding New Broadway Musical

An American in Paris

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play

Between Riverside and Crazy

The City of Conversation

The Nether

Rasheeda Speaking

The Village Bike

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

A Christmas Memory

Disenchanted

The Fortress of Solitude

Hamilton

Lonesome Traveler

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Elephant Man

Fashions for Men

The Heidi Chronicles

Skylight

You Can’t Take It With You

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Into the Woods

The King and I

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Side Show

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Reed Birney, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy

Ben Miles, Wolf Hall

Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Greta Gerwig, The Village Bike

Jan Maxwell, The City of Conversation

Helen Mirren, The Audience

Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles

Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!

Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris

Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century

Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century

Leanne Cope, An American in Paris

Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You

Kelli O’Hara, The King and I

Chita Rivera, The Visit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Paul Jesson, Wolf Hall

Richard McCabe, The Audience

Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man

Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall

Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You

Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man

Francesca Faridany, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Julie Halston, You Can’t Take It With You

Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

John Cariani, Something Rotten!

Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You

Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century

Paul Alexander Nolan, Doctor Zhivago

Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Heidi Blickenstaff, Something Rotten!

Victoria Clark, Gigi

Megan Fairchild, On the Town

Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century

Outstanding Director of a Play

Stephen Daldry, The Audience

Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man

Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You

Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Scott Ellis, On the Twentieth Century

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Choreographer

Joshua Bergasse, On the Town

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)

Bunny Christie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Bob Crowley, An American in Paris

Scott Pask, Something Rotten!

David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century

Michael Yeargan, The King and I

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!

Bob Crowley, The Audience

William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century

Christopher Orem, Wolf Hall

Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Jeff Croiter, Something Rotten!

Rick Fisher, The Audience

Natasha Katz, An American in Paris

Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Outstanding Solo Performance

Joe Assadourian, The Bullpen

Jim Dale, Just Jim Dale

Tom Dugan, Wiesenthal

Cush Jumbo, Josephine and I

Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

John Gassner Award

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

Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand

Halley Feiffer, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

Elizabeth Irwin, My Mañana Comes

Markus Potter, Stalking the Bogeyman

Benjamin Scheuer, The Lion

Note that Fun Home, Disgraced and Hand of God were not eligible for this years award show because they were nominated the previous year.

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