Trevor Nunn's revival of Oklahoma! topped the roster of winners (with five awards) for the 2002 Outer Critics Circle Awards, announced to members of the theatre community April 28.
The musical, Urinetown, won three awards, including Outstanding Broadway Musical while Edward Albee's The Goat won Outstanding Broadway Play. Oklahoma! was dubbed Oustanding Revival of a Musical (also taking Supporting Actor, Choreography, Lighting and Set honors), and Morning's at Seven won for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Fortune's Fool's pair of choice actors, Alan Bates and Frank Langella, took the prizes for Outstanding Actor and Supporting Actor, respectively, in a play. The Dazzle and tick, tick...BOOM! were named Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and Musical, respectively. Sutton Foster (in her first lead Broadway role) won Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie and John Lithgow took Outstanding Actor in a Musical for playing wicked JJ Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success.
The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of over 75 out-of-town critics and writers, whose annual Award nominations unofficially kick off New York's theatrical awards season, cited Topdog/Underdog's Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright for a Special Achievement award for their performances in the just-laureled Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Based on a single public performance in New York (and an invited dress rehearsal), Into the Woods managed to sneak under the wire and collect four nominations (Musical Revival, Director of a Musical, Actress and Featured Actress in a Musical), but won none. Outer Critics Circle Awards honor both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, with shows that opened Off-Broadway during the 2001-2002 season and then transferred to Broadway - such as Topdog, Metamorphoses, and Urinetown - being included in the Broadway categorization.
The awards ceremony will be held May 23 at Sardi's Restaurant. The nominees and winners follow, with winners in boldface. OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY
OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL
Sweet Smell of Success
Thoroughly Modern Millie
OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Franz Kafka's The Castle
OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Last 5 Years
The Spitfire Grill
Summer of '42
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Elephant Man
Morning's at Seven
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Into the Woods
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty - Morning's at Seven
Allen Moyer - The Dazzle
Douglas Stein - 36 Views
Anthony Ward - Oklahoma!
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Santo Loquasto - The Elephant Man
Isaac Mizrahi - The Women
Martin Pakledinaz - Thoroughly Modern Millie
Anthony Ward - Oklahoma!
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
David Hersey - Oklahoma!
Donald Holder - Thoroughly Modern Millie
James F. Ingalls - The Elephant Man
David Weiner - 36 Views
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alan Bates - Fortune's Fool
Ian McKellan - Dance of Death
Liam Neeson - The Crucible
Bill Pullman - The Goat
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Frank Langella - Fortune's Fool
Joseph McKenna - The Golem
Stephen Tobolowsky - Morning's at Seven
David Warner - Major Barbara
JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play,preferably by a new playwright)
Rebecca Gilman - The Glory of Living
Richard Greenberg - The Dazzle
Naomi Iizuka - 36 Views
Suzan-Lori Parks - Topdog/Underdog
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright Topdog/Underdog