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. The Outer Critics Circle, announced today its award winners for the 2017-18 season in 27 categories. 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.
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL: SpongeBob SquarePants
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY: Admissions
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL: Desperate Measures
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway): Tina Fey Mean Girls
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
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway): Angels in America
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway): My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: John Tiffany Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: Tie: Tina Landau SpongeBob SquarePants and Bartlett Sher My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER: Justin Peck Carousel
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical): Christine Jones Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical): Catherine Zuber My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN: Neil Austin Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN: (Play or Musical) Finn Ross & Ash Woodward Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN: (Play or Musical) Gareth Fry Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS: Jonathan Tunick Carousel
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Andrew Garfield Angels in America
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Glenda Jackson Three Tall Women
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Ethan Slater SpongeBob SquarePants
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Lauren Ambrose My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Nathan Lane Angels in America
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Laurie Metcalf Three Tall Women
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Norbert Leo Butz My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Lindsay Mendez Carousel
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE: Billy Crudup Harry Clarke
John Gassner AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright): Jocelyn Bioh School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
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.
“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