South Pacific Is Big Winner in Outer Critics Circle Awards
By Andrew Gans
Winners of the 58th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced May 12. Top prizes went to August: Osage County, Xanadu, Young Frankenstein, Dividing the Estate, Adding Machine, South Pacific and The Homecoming.
South Pacific won four awards, the most of any show of the season. In addition to the prize for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the acclaimed production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater also won awards for Director of a Musical, Actor in a Musical and Featured Actor in a Musical.
Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama August: Osage County also fared well, picking up three awards: Outstanding New Broadway Play, Director of a Play and Actress in a Play.
There were ties in two categories: Young Frankenstein and Xanadu were both named Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and Adding Machine and Next to Normal — both seen Off-Broadway — were awarded the prize for Outstanding New Score.
The Outer Critics Circle 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."
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and stage and screen star Sandy Duncan announced the Outer Critics Circle nominations April 21. The new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein had earned the most nominations, ten.
Winners will be celebrated with an awards dinner May 22 at Sardi's Restaurant.
The 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Award winners follow (winners names are in bold with an asterisk)
Outstanding New Broadway Play
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Score
Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Director of a Play
Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
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
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
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