Mary Poppins Tops Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations
By Ernio Hernandez
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.
The Coast of Utopia received nine nominations, the most for any new play. It will vie for the Outstanding New Broadway Play award in a field that also includes Coram Boy, Frost/Nixon and Radio Golf.
Tony Award winners Victoria Clark and John Lloyd Young read the nominations for the 2006-2007 season April 23 at the Algonquin Hotel.
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
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off Broadway)
Outstanding Revival of a Play
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Play (Lucille Lortel Award)
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Actor in a Play
Outstanding Actress in a Play
Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Outstanding Solo Performance
John Gassner Award
Multiple nominations by show are as follows:
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.
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