Mary Poppins earned the most nominations, 11 nods, for the 57th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. Curtains, LoveMusik and Spring Awakening will compete against the Disney show in the Outstanding New Broadway Musical category.
Winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced May 14 and presented their honors at a May 24 ceremony to be held at Sardi's Restaurant. The awards are decided upon by a group of writers "covering New York theatre for out-of town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway."
Though the show made itself ineligible for consideration for Outer Critics Circle honors, Deuce stars Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes will be given Special Achievement Awards "in recognition of their outstanding and distinguished careers in the theatre" as recommended by the OCC Executive Committee. As previously reported, the Terrence McNally work pulled out of the OCC (as well as Drama Desk and Drama League) races.
Tarzan was the only work last season not considered for awards by the committee, but was not nominated this year. The 2006-2007 Outer Critics Circle Awards nominees are as follows:
Outstanding New Broadway Play The Coast of Utopia Coram Boy Frost/Nixon Radio Golf
Outstanding New Broadway Musical Curtains LoveMusik Mary Poppins Spring Awakening
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Exits and Entrances Indian Blood The Pain and the Itch The Scene
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical In the Heights Evil Dead: The Musical Floyd and Clea: Under the Western Sky Gutenberg! The Musical!
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off Broadway) Curtains In the Heights Mary Poppins Spring Awakening
Outstanding Solo Performance Daniel Beaty, Emergence-See Ed Harris, Wrecks Jay Johnson, The Two and Only Nilaja Sun, No Child...
John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright) Daisy Foote, Bhutan Bob Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating Bruce Norris, The Pain and the Itch Nilaja Sun, No Child...
Multiple nominations by show are as follows: 11 - Mary Poppins 9 - The Coast of Utopia 6 - Curtains 5 - Frost/Nixon 5 - LoveMusik 4 - Coram Boy 4 - In the Heights 3 - Spring Awakening 3 - 110 in the Shade 3 - Company
Simon Saltzman, a long-time member of the OCC executive committee and theatre reviewer, serves as president. Marjorie Gunner, the organization's president for 25 years, continues as president emerita.