Winning four Outer Critic Circle Awards She Loves Me walked away with four including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star, was named Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding new score. Stephen Karam’s The Humans Outstanding New Broadway Play. The fabulous Dear Evan Hanson took home Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Book.
Outstanding Actress in a Musical went to a well deserved Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple with Fiddler on the Roof’s Danny Bursting taking home Outstanding Actor in a Musical
There was a tie in the category of Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. Pascale Armand of Eclipsed shares her award with Judith Light of Thérèse Raquin.
Outer Critics Circle Awards, recognizes achievement in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The 66th Annual Awards were given in 25 categories, adding a new category this year: Outstanding Video/Projection Design with Finn Ross taking home the honors for American Psycho.
Only new elements of Hamilton, Disaster! and Blackbird, which were eligible in their Off-Broadway incarnations in 2015, were considered for 2016 nominations. Owing to its late opening date, Shuffle Along will be considered eligible in the 2016-17 season.
The awards will be bestowed at the OCC’s annual Gala Awards Dinner 3 PM May 26 at Sardi’s Restaurant. Broadway’s Marlo Thomas, Alex Sharp, Sheldon Harnick and Victoria Clark will serve as gala award presenters .
The Outer Critics Circle is the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway representing more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, websites and theatre publications in America and abroad. The Outer Critics Circle nominations are the first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominations of the New York theatre season.
Here is a full list of the 2016 winners.
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY: The Humans
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL: Bright Star
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY: The Christians
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL: Dear Evan Hansen
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway): Dear Evan Hansen
OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway): Bright Star
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway): Long Day’s Journey Into Night
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway): She Loves Me
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: Ivo van Hove A View From the Bridge
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: Michael Arden Spring Awakening
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER: Sergio Trujillo On Your Feet!
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical): David Rockwell She Loves Me
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical): Jeff Mahshie She Loves Me
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical): Justin Townsend American Psycho the Musical
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical): Finn Ross American Psycho the Musical
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Frank Langella The Father
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Jessica Lange Long Day’s Journey Into Night
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Danny Burstein Fiddler on the Roof
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Cynthia Erivo The Color Purple the Musical
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Michael Shannon Long Day’s Journey Into Night
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY (tie): Pascale Armand Eclipsed and Judith Light Thérèse Raquin
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Christopher Fitzgerald Waitress
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Jane Krakowski She Loves Me
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE: James Lecesne The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright): Marco Ramirez The Royale
Anna Ziegler Boy
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
James Houghton Signature Theatre Company
The 2015-16 Outer Critics Circle Executive / Nominating Committee consisted of Simon Saltzman (President), Mario Fratti (Vice-President), Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer), Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary), Joseph Cervelli (Recording Secretary), Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large), Aubrey Reuben, David Gordon and Harry Haun (Members-at-Large).