The Producers, Proof, The Invention of Love and a trio of dead heats were among the winners of the annual Outer Critics Circle Awards for excellence on and off Broadway, announced April 30. The OCC ceremony will be held May 24 at the Eugenia Room of Sardi's Restaurant, 4-7:30 PM. Nominees were announced April 16.
42nd Street and The Producers headed the 2000-01 Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations, and the latter came out a big winner, seizing eight of its ten nominations. 42nd Street won for best musical revival. In the drama category, Proof triumphed for the best play prize, though Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love claims four awards, including two for actors Robert Sean Leonard and Richard Easton, who played the young and old versions of poet A.E. Housman, respectively. Dramatist David Auburn won the John Gassner Playwriting Award.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of this year's OCC awards, however, were the number of ties. Three categories produces two winners each, including revival of a play, actress in a musical and featured actor in a musical.
The Outer Critics Circle is made up of out-of-town reporters and critics who cover the New York theatre. According to Awards spokesperson Jim Baldassare, this year's nominating panel features Marjorie Gunner, Mario Fratti, Glenn Loney, Louis A. Rachow, Patrick Hoffman, Joan T. Nourse, Irene Backalenick, Aubrey Reuben and Simon Saltzman.
A complete list of nominations follows:
Outstanding Broadway Play
Judgment at Nuremberg
Stones In His Pockets
The Invention Of Love
Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding Revival of a Play (tie)
The Best Man
Juno And The Paycock
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The Man Who Came To Dinner
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Larry Bryggman ( Proof)
Charles Durning ( The Best Man)
Justin Kirk ( Ten Unknowns)
Robert Sean Leonard ( The Invention Of Love)
Outstanding Director of a Play
Ian Mcelhinney ( Stones in His Pockets)
Jack O’Brien ( The Invention of Love)
Daniel Sullivan ( Proof)
John Tillinger ( Judgment at Nuremberg)
Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical
Bat Boy: The Musical
Pete ‘N’ Keely
Outstanding Scenic Design
Bob Crowley ( The Invention of Love)
Heidi Ettinger ( The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
Douglas W. Schmidt ( 42nd Street)
Robin Wagner ( The Producers)