The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, is proud to announce Broadway’s “Tootsie” star Julie Halston along with “Torch Song” sensation Michael Urie will announce the nominees for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, April 23rd (11 AM) in the Oak Room at New York’s renown Algonquin Hotel (59 W 44th Street. Outer Critics Circle nominations are the first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominees of the New York theatre season and will post in 27 categories. The proceedings will be live-streamed on BroadwayWorld.com.
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.
Julie Halston plays Rita Marshall in the new Broadway musical Tootsie. Broadway appearances also include You Can’t Take it With You (AEA Richard Seff Award), On the Town, Anything Goes, Hairspray, and Gypsy. She is also known for her collaborations with Charles Busch. Her extensive stage credits have earned her nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle. She is best known to television audiences as Bitsy von Muffling on Sex and the City and for her regular role on The Class; recent and upcoming appearances include Difficult People, Law and Order SVU, and Divorce. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Off-Broadway Alliance.
Michael Urie was recently seen on Broadway this season in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song following his critically acclaimed performance in the off-Broadway production at Second Stage for which he received Lucille Lortel Award and Drama League Award nominations. He originated the role of Alex More in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, for which he received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(Broadway), The Government Inspector (Red Bull, Drama League, OCC nominations), Shows For Days (LCT), Homos, Or Everyone In America (Obie Award), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked forThe Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Wash. DC), Two River, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.). Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: Gavin Sinclair on Modern Family, Younger, The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Workaholics, Partners and Marc St. James on Ugly Betty. He hosted four seasons of Logo’s Cocktails And Classics. Web series: “What’s Your Emergency” (director). Training: Juilliard.