Outer Critics Circle Awards Presented May 26

By Andrew Gans
26 May 2011

Sutton Foster and company in Anything Goes.
Sutton Foster and company in Anything Goes.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Winners of the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards, which honor the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, will be celebrated May 26 at Sardi's Restaurant.

Presenters for the annual ceremony include Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Swoosie Kurtz and Brian d'Arcy James.

Winners were announced May 16. Top prizes went to War Horse and The Book of Mormon, which were named Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding New Broadway Musical, respectively, and Other Desert Cities and The Kid, which were voted Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, respectively.

There was a tie in one category: Both Nina Arianda  and Frances McDormand  were named Outstanding Actress in a Play for their performances in, respectively, Born Yesterday and Good People.



Three productions earned four awards: War Horse, The Book of Mormon and Anything Goes.

The nominees follow (winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk):

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Good People
The Motherf**ker With the Hat
*War Horse


OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
*The Book of Mormon
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Sister Act
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Blood From a Stone
Kin
*Other Desert Cities
The Other Place


OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Freckleface Strawberry
In Transit
*The Kid
Tomorrow Morning


OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

*The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
Sister Act
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Born Yesterday
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
*The Normal Heart


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

*Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Hello Again
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
*Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris, War Horse
Emma Rice, Brief Encounter
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**cker With the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, Good People

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
*Casey Nicholaw & Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Jerry Zaks, Sister Act

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Ross Coleman, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
*Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Derek McLane, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
*Neil Murray, Brief Encounter
Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker With the Hat

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Lez Brotherston, Sister Act
*Tim Chappel & Lizzie Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Lizz Wolf, Baby It’s You!

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

*Paule Constable, War Horse
Natasha Katz, Sister Act
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Malcolm Rippeth, Brief Encounter

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney, The Dream of the Burning Boy
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
*Mark Rylance, Jerusalem

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
*Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
*Frances McDormand, Good People
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
*Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Daniel Radcliffe, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Aaron Tveit, Catch Me If You Can

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
*Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
*Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Evan Jonigkeit, High
Stacy Keach, Other Desert Cities
Seth Numrich, War Horse
Yul Vázquez, The Motherf**ker With the Hat

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Good People
Linda Lavin, Other Desert Cities
Estelle Parsons, Good People
Alison Pill, The House of Blue Leaves
*Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker With the Hat

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Colin Donnell, Anything Goes
*Adam Godley, Anything Goes
Chester Gregory, Sister Act
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
John McMartin, Anything Goes

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Marla Mindelle, Sister Act
Laura Osnes, Anything Goes

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Daniel Beaty, Through the Night
Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
*John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown
Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Amy Herzog, After the Revolution
*Matthew Lopez, The Whipping Man
David West Read, The Dream of the Burning Boy
Kim Rosenstock, Tigers Be Still

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Ellen Barkin for her Outstanding Broadway Debut in The Normal Heart

Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company
Puppet Design, Fabrication and Direction for
War Horse 

The 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Executive/Nominating Committee includes Simon Saltzman (President), Mario Fratti (Vice-President), Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary), Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer), Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large), Rosalind Friedman (Recording Secretary) and Aubrey Reuben, Thomás Gentile & Harry Haun (Members-at-Large).

Outer Critics Circle is the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway. Celebrating its 61st season, the members of the Outer Critics Circle are affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad.