HADESTOWN Wins 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, André De Shields for Outstanding Featured Actor, Amber Gray for Outstanding Featured Actress, Anaïs Mitchell for Outstanding New Score, Rachel Chavkin for Outstanding Director of a Musical and Bradley King for Outstanding Lighting Design

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown Wins 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, André De Shields for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Amber Gray for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Anaïs Mitchell for Outstanding New Score, Rachel Chavkin for Outstanding Director of a Musical and Bradley King for Outstanding Lighting Design. Hadestown received 12 nominations.

Amber Gray and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Other shows with multiple awards included All My Sons, The Cher Show, The Ferryman, King Kong, and Tootsie. King Kong also took home a special achievement award for its puppetry team.

Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Stage favorites Jenn Colella, Tina Fey, Hamish Linklater, Lindsay Mendez, and Lily Rabe will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 69th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd at 3:00 PM at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.

Check out the full list of winners below!

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Ferryman *WINNER*
Ink
Network
To Kill a Mockingbird
What the Constitution Means to Me

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Be More Chill
Hadestown *WINNER*
Head Over Heels
The Prom
Tootsie

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Fairview
The House That Will Not Stand
Lewiston / Clarkston
The Light
White Noise *WINNER*

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Beast in the Jungle
Black Light
Girl from the North Country *WINNER*
The Hello Girls
Midnight at the Never Get

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Robert Horn – Tootsie *WINNER*
Conor McPherson – Girl from the North Country
Peter Mills and Cara Reichel – The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell – Hadestown
Jeff Whitty and James Magruder – Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (THE MARJORIE GUNNER AWARD) (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin – The Prom
Joe Iconis – Be More Chill
Peter Mills – The Hello Girls
Anaïs Mitchell – Hadestown *WINNER*
David Yazbek – Tootsie

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
All My Sons *WINNER*
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Juno and the Paycock
Our Lady of 121st Street
The Waverly Gallery

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Carmen Jones
Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) *WINNER*
Kiss Me, Kate
Oklahoma!
Smokey Joe’s Café

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY (THE Lucille Lortel AWARD)
Rupert Goold – Ink
Sam Mendes – The Ferryman *WINNER*
Jack O’Brien – All My Sons
Bartlett Sher – To Kill a Mockingbird
Logan Vaughn – The Light

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Rachel Chavkin – Hadestown *WINNER*
Scott Ellis – Tootsie
Daniel Fish – Oklahoma!
Joel Grey – Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)
Cara Reichel – The Hello Girls

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle – Kiss Me, Kate *WINNER*
Christopher Gattelli – The Cher Show
Denis Jones – Tootsie
David Neumann – Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo – Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Beowulf Boritt – Bernhardt/Hamlet
Bunny Christie – Ink
Rachel Hauck – Hadestown
Rob Howell – The Ferryman
David Korins – Beetlejuice *WINNER*

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Rob Howell – The Ferryman
Bob Mackie – The Cher Show *WINNER*
William Ivey Long – Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long – Tootsie
Arianne Phillips – Head Over Heels

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Neil Austin – Ink
Stacey Derosier – Lewiston / Clarkston
Bradley King – Hadestown *WINNER*
Jason Lyons – Sugar in Our Wounds
Peter Mumford – King Kong

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Peter England – King Kong *WINNER*
Alex Basco Koch – Be More Chill
Peter Nigrini – Beetlejuice
Jeff Sugg – All My Sons
Tal Yarden – Network

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (Play or Musical)
John Gromada – All My Sons
Peter Hylenski – King Kong *WINNER*
Drew Levy – Oklahoma!
Eric Sleichim – Network
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz – Hadestown

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose – Hadestown
Simon Hale – Girl from the North Country
Joseph Joubert – Carmen Jones
Daniel Kluger – Oklahoma! *WINNER*
Harold Wheeler – Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
McKinley Belcher III – The Light
Bryan Cranston – Network *WINNER*
Daveed Diggs – White Noise
Bill Irwin – On Beckett
Jeremy Pope – Choir Boy

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Glenn Close – Mother of the Maid
Edie Falco – The True
Glenda Jackson – King Lear
Mandi Masden – The Light
Elaine May – The Waverly Gallery *WINNER*

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Brooks Ashmanskas – The Prom
Reeve Carney – Hadestown
Damon Daunno – Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana – Tootsie *WINNER*
Steven Skybell – Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Stephanie J. Block – The Cher Show *WINNER*
Kelli O’Hara – Kiss Me, Kate
Beth Leavel – The Prom
Anika Noni Rose – Carmen Jones
Mare Winningham – Girl from the North Country

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bertie Carvel – Ink
John Clay III – Choir Boy
Hugh Dancy – Apologia
John Procaccino – Downstairs
Benjamin Walker – All My Sons *WINNER*

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Joan Allen – The Waverly Gallery
Stephanie Berry – Sugar in Our Wounds
Fionnula Flanagan – The Ferryman
Harriett D. Foy – The House That Will Not Stand
Celia Keenan-Bolger – To Kill a Mockingbird *WINNER*

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Behlmann – Tootsie
André De Shields – Hadestown *WINNER*
Reg Rogers – Tootsie
George Salazar – Be More Chill
Ephraim Sykes – Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Amber Gray – Hadestown *WINNER*
Leslie Kritzer – Beetlejuice
Bonnie Milligan – Head Over Heels
Sarah Stiles – Tootsie
Ali Stroker – Oklahoma!

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Mike Birbiglia – The New One *WINNER*
Maddie Corman – Accidentally Brave
Jake Gyllenhaal – A Life
Carey Mulligan – Girls & Boys
Renée Taylor – My Life on a Diet

John Gassner PLAYWRITING AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Jeremy O. Harris – Slave Play
Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell – The Lifespan of a Fact *WINNER*
Donja R. Love – Sugar in Our Wounds
Ming Peiffer – Usual Girls
Charly Evon Simpson – Behind the Sheet

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Executive Committee voted and decided upon the presentation of Special Achievement Awards to:

The Puppetry Team That Created and Operates King Kong

This award recognizes the artistry and technical achievement that brings a 2,000-pound gorilla to life:

Puppet designer and builder Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company
Scenic designer Peter England, who collaborated on the aesthetics of the puppet
Aerial and movement director Gavin Robins
The members of the King’s Company, who move Kong on stage: Mike Baerga, Rhaamell Burke-Missouri, J?van Dansberry, Casey Garvin, Gabriel Hyman, Marty Lawson, Roberto Olvera, Khadija Tariyan, Lauren Yalango-Grant, David Yijae, Christopher Hampton Grant, Jena VanEslander, Scott Webber, Warren Yang, James Retter Duncan, Jonathan MacMillan, and Leigh-Ann Vizer.
Kong’s Voodoo Operators, who control his facial expressions: Jon Hoche, Danny Miller, and Jacob Williams.
The York Theatre Company
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director
Evans Haile, Executive Director

This award is in recognition of 50 years of producing new musicals, as well as classics from the past.

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Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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