Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced; “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Mlima’s Tale,” “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” and “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” Among Nominated

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced its nominees for the 2017-18 season.

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, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 7th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Iestyn Davies, Mark Rylance, Huss Garbiya, and Melody Grove in "Farinelli and the King". Joan Marcus
Iestyn Davies, Mark Rylance, Huss Garbiya, and Melody Grove in “Farinelli and the King”. Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Junk

The company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan
The company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Escape to Margaritaville
Frozen
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
SpongeBob SquarePants

Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA'S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kevin Mambo, Ito Aghayere, Sahr Ngaujah, and Jojo Gonzalez in MLIMA’S TALE. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Admissions
Cost of Living
Hangmen
The Low Road
Mlima’s Tale

Chukwudi Iwuji and Crystal A. Dickinson. © Joan Marcus
Chukwudi Iwuji and Crystal A. Dickinson. © Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Cruel Intentions
Desperate Measures
Jerry Springer – The Opera
Miss You Like Hell
Woody Sez

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
The Company of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. Photo by Joan Marcus

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)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C, Jonathan Coulton, Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants

David Friedman & Peter Kellogg – Desperate Measures

Imogen Heap – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Quiara Alegría Hudes – Miss You Like Hell

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez – Frozen

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sean Carvajal, Edi Gathegi, Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio, Erick Betancourt End Extended Run in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Lobby Hero
Three Tall Women
Travesties

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carousel
My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES Featuring George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and More

Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Hailey Kilgore, and Tamyra Gray. Joan Marcus
Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Hailey Kilgore, and Tamyra Gray. Joan Marcus

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Michael Arden – Once on This Island
Bill Castellino – Desperate Measures
Tina Landau – SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw – Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher – My Fair Lady

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

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

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

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

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Jason Robert Brown – 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

Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus

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

MaameYaa Boafo and Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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

Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. Matthew Murphy
Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. Matthew Murphy

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

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

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

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

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

Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Kate Rockwell star in "Mean Girls." Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Kate Rockwell star in “Mean Girls.” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

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

Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON Nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance 

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

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.

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

SpongeBob SquarePants – 11; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – 10; My Fair Lady -9; Mean Girls – 8; Desperate Measures – 7; Angels in America – 6; Carousel – 6; Once On This Island – 6; Three Tall Women – 5; Cost of Living – 4; Frozen – 4; Prince of Broadway – 4; Farinelli and the King- 3; In the Body of the World– 3; Mlima’s Tale – 3; Miss You Like Hell – 3; Travesties – 3.

2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced including KPOP, “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” “Mary Jane,” “The Lucky Ones,” “Pipeline,” “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” and “Pacific Overtures” 

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