Wicked led the 2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards with four wins including Best Musical, it was announced May 2. The awards, honoring the best in New York theatre, also named Wonderful Town in three categories with Assassins, Henry IV, I Am My Own Wife, and Intimate Apparel tied with two wins apiece.
The 54th annual honors will be presented at a ceremony at Sardi's Restaurant, May 27. The awards, known as the first awards of the season, are decided upon by an group of writers "covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway."
In several tight races, ties were declared in the categories of Off-Broadway Musical (Johnny Guitar and The Thing about Men) and Featured Actor in a Musical (John Cariani and Michael Cerveris). As previously reported, the Broadway production of Prymate will be considered for next season's awards as the nominating committee were not able to see the show prior to the eligibility cut-off date. Golda's Balcony and Avenue Q were deemed ineligible as they were considered for last year's Off-Broadway awards.
The 2003-2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards are as follows (winners are denoted by an asterisk* and in bold):
OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY Anna in the Tropics *I Am My Own Wife Match Sixteen Wounded
OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL Bombay Dreams The Boy From Oz Caroline, or Change *WickedOUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY The Beard of Avon Bug Frozen *Intimate Apparel Well
OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL(tie) Fame on 42nd Street *Johnny Guitar *The Thing About Men
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY The Caretaker *Henry IV Jumpers A Raisin in the Sun Sly Fox
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL Assassins Fiddler on the Roof Little Shop of Horrors *Wonderful Town
JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright) Nilo Cruz, Anna in the Tropics Tracy Letts, Bug *Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel Tristine Skyler, The Moonlight Room
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Puppet Artistry Avenue Q
Total Awards by Show: Wicked - 4 Wonderful Town - 3 Assassins - 2 Henry IV - 2 I Am My Own Wife - 2 Intimate Apparel - 2 A Raisin in the Sun - 1 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 1 Fiddler on the Roof - 1 Johnny Guitar - 1 Match - 1 Never Gonna Dance - 1 The Boy From Oz - 1 The Retreat from Moscow - 1 The Thing About Men - 1