Doubt and Spamalot Top Outer Critics Awards; O'Byrne, Jones, Butz and Clark Among Winners

By Ernio Hernandez
May 8, 2005

Doubt and Monty Python's Spamalot were the big winners as the Outer Critics Circle announced their annual awards, honoring New York theatre. La Cage aux Folles and The Light in the Piazza also scored two honors each.

Winners of the 55th annual honors will be presented their awards at a ceremony at Sardi's Restaurant, May 26. The awards are decided upon by an group of writers "covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway."

The 2004-2005 Outer Critics Circle Awards nominees (with winners in * bold) are as follows:

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY
Brooklyn Boy
Democracy
*Doubt
Gem of the Ocean
The Pillowman

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL
All Shook Up
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Light in the Piazza
*Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY (tie)
*Fat Pig
*Going to St. Ives

Moonlight and Magnolias
Romance
String of Pearls

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
*Altar Boyz
Dessa Rose
Lone Star Love

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Counsellor-at-Law
Glengarry Glen Ross
A Streetcar Named Desire
*Twelve Angry Men
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
*La Cage aux Folles
Pacific Overtures
Shockheaded Peter
Sweet Charity

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alan Alda, Glengarry Glen Ross
Billy Crudup, The Pillowman
James Earl Jones, On Golden Pond
*Brían F. O'Byrne, Doubt
John Rubinstein, Counsellor-at-Law

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
L. Scott Caldwell, Going to St. Ives
*Cherry Jones, Doubt
Laura Linney, Sight Unseen
Natasha Richardson, A Streetcar Named Desire
Kathleen Turner, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
*Norbert Leo Butz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Tim Curry, Monty Python's Spamalot
Raúl Esparza, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Cheyenne Jackson, All Shook Up
Denis O'Hare, Sweet Charity

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*Victoria Clark, The Light in the Piazza
Erin Dilly, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sutton Foster, Little Women the Musical
Jenn Gambatese, All Shook Up
Sherie Rene Scott, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Chris Bauer, A Streetcar Named Desire
Philip Bosco, Twelve Angry Men
Larry Bryggman, Romance
*Jeff Goldblum, The Pillowman
David Harbour, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Ashlie Atkinson, Fat Pig
Heather Goldenhersh, Doubt
Carla Gugino, After the Fall
Adriane Lenox, Doubt
*Amy Ryan, A Streetcar Named Desire

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Berresse, The Light in the Piazza
*Dan Fogler, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mark Harelik, The Light in the Piazza
Marc Kudisch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Matthew Morrison, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sarah Uriarte Berry, The Light in the Piazza
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Jan Maxwell, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Kelli O'Hara, The Light in the Piazza
*Sara Ramirez, Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Gareth Armstrong, Shylock
Mario Cantone, Laugh Whore
*Billy Crystal, 700 Sundays
Heather Raffo, Nine Parts of Desire
Mercedes Ruehl, Woman Before a Glass

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
John Crowley, The Pillowman
*Doug Hughes, Doubt
Joe Mantello, Glengarry Glen Ross
Anthony Page, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Dan Wackerman, Counsellor-at-Law

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Walter Bobbie, Sweet Charity
*Mike Nichols, Monty Python's Spamalot
Adrian Noble, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jack O'Brien, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Bartlett Sher, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Wayne Cilento, Sweet Charity
Gillian Lynne, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
*Jerry Mitchell, La Cage aux Folles
Jerry Mitchell, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Casey Nicholaw, Monty Python's Spamalot

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Robert Brill, A Streetcar Named Desire
Tim Hatley, Monty Python’s Spamalot
Scott Pask, The Pillowman
*Anthony Ward, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Michael Yeargan, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
*Tim Hatley, Monty Python's Spamalot
Junko Koshino, Pacific Overtures
William Ivey Long, La Cage aux Folles
Anthony Ward, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Catherine Zuber, The Light in the Piazza

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
*Christopher Akerlind, The Light in the Piazza
Mark Henderson, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Donald Holder, Gem of the Ocean
Brian MacDevitt, The Pillowman
Hugh Vanstone, Monty Python’s Spamalot

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
David Folwell, Boise
Gina Gionfriddo, After Ashley
*Ron Hutchinson, Moonlight and Magnolias

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Marjorie Gunner

The organization named photo journalist and long-time OCC member Aubrey Reuben as its new acting president in February. Reuben has served as a theatre critic for 15minutesmagazine.com, a columnist for theatrelovers.com, a celebrity photographer for The New York Post, Playbill, Playbill.com, The Hampton Sheet and Black-Tie International.

Marjorie Gunner, the organization's president for 25 years will take on the title of president emeritus and will continue to serve on the organization's executive board and nominating committee.