David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees

The Outer Critics Circle announced its honorees for the 2019-20 Broadway and off-Broadway season in a new video featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston, Kristin Chenoweth, and Patrick Stewart.

The organization, celebrating its 70th anniversary this season, is foregoing the usual nominations and voting process in an effort to celebrate as many of the season’s artists as possible. The list of honorees was led by Broadway’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which earned 11 honors.

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy
Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy

The Public Theater and CTG’s co-production of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power received four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway) for David Henry Hwang, Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway) for Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue.

SOFT POWER. Photos by Joan Marcus

The full list of recipients is below:

Ashley Park, Michael Urie, Jane Alexander, and James Cromwell in Grand Horizons. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding New Broadway Play
Grand Horizons
The Height of the Storm
The Inheritance
Linda Vista
The Sound Inside

John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy
John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Jagged Little Pill
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni
Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Cambodian Rock Band
Greater Clements
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Make Believe
Seared

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Darling Grenadine
Octet
The Secret Life of Bees
Soft Power
A Strange Loop

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or off-Broadway)
Betrayal
Fires in the Mirror
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
A Soldier’s Play

Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald in Frankie and Johnny. Photo by Deen van Meer

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway)
Little Shop of Horrors
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
West Side Story

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Georgia Mertching Is Dead by Catya McMullen
Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery
Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer
Paris by Eboni Booth

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway)
Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill
David Henry Hwang, Soft Power
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Lynn Nottage, The Secret Life of Bees
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or off-Broadway)
Susan Birkenhead and Duncan Sheik, The Secret Life of Bees
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang, Soft Power

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Director of a Play
David Cromer, The Sound Inside
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
Kenny Leon, A Soldier’s Play
Jamie Lloyd, Betrayal
John Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
Michael Mayer, Little Shop of Horrors
Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge!
Ivo van Hove, West Side Story

Outstanding Choreographer
Sidi Larbi Cherakoui, Jagged Little Pill
Raja Feather Kelly, A Strange Loop
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!
Anthony Van Laast, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Travis Wall, The Wrong Man

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Lacamoire, The Wrong Man
Justin Levine, with Matt Stein, Katie Kresek, and Charlie Rosen, Moulin Rouge!
Christopher Nightingale, A Christmas Carol
Duncan Sheik and John Clancy, The Secret Life of Bees

Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Ian Barford, Linda Vista
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal
Will Hochman, The Sound Inside
Jonathan Pryce, The Height of the Storm

Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Eileen Atkins, The Height of the Storm
Judith Ivey, Greater Clements
Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
April Mathis, Toni Stone
Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside
Portia, Stew

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Inheritance
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance
Samuel H. Levine, The Inheritance
John-Andrew Morrison, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Montego Glover, All the Natalie Portmans
Marsha Mason, Little Gem
Krysta Rodriguez, Seared
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
Jennifer Van Dyck, The Confession of Lily Dare

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Outstanding Solo Performance
David Cale, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
Laura Linney, My Name Is Lucy Barton
Aedin Moloney, Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.
Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the Mirror

Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Jonathan Groff, Little Shop of Horrors
Joshua Henry, The Wrong Man
Adam Kantor, Darling Grenadine
Larry Owens, A Strange Loop
Isaac Powell, West Side Story
Aaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge!

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon
Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Beth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Janelle McDermoth, We’re Gonna Die
Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge!
Shereen Pimentel, West Side Story
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

The Broadway cast of 'Jagged Little Pill.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
The Broadway cast of ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge!
Gus Halper, Sing Street
Jay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PA
Francis Jue, Soft Power
Daniel J. Watts, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid
Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Eisa Davis, The Secret Life of Bees
Kathryn Gallagher, Jagged Little Pill
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
Judy McLane, Romeo & Bernadette
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill
Saycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of Bees

Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)
Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
Tim Mackabee, Seared
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!
Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons
Anthony Ward, The Height of the Storm

Judy McLane, Carlos Lopez, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Anna Kostakis, Nikita Burshteyn, Zach Schanne, and Viet Vo in Romeo & Bernadette. Photo by Russ Rowland

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Vanessa Leuck, Emojiland
Jeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Rachel Townsend & Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!

The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Isabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!
Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol
Hugh Vanstone, The Height of the Storm

Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)
Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Luke Halls, West Side Story
Brad Peterson, Broadway Bounty Hunter
Lisa Renkel and Possible Productions, Emojiland
Aaron Rhyne, The Sound Inside
Hannah Wasileski, Fires in the Mirror

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada, Is This A Room
Daniel Kluger, The Sound Inside

Alexandria Wailes and cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Photo by Joan Marcus
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HADESTOWN, AIN’T TOO PROUD, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, OKLAHOMA and THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Receive Grammy Nominations for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’

Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the STAPLES Center with Alicea Keys as host and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Streamed live on GRAMMY.com, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT.

MUSICAL THEATER

58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS
    Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes, principal soloists; Scott M. Riesett, producer (Original Broadway Cast)
  • HADESTOWN
    Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
    Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit, principal soloists; Justin Levine, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, producers (Original Broadway Cast)
  • THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – IN FOUR CONTEMPORARY SUITES
    Imogen Heap, producer; Imogen Heap, composer (Imogen Heap)
  • OKLAHOMA!
    Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)

Click here for the full list of nominations.