Wicked, Wonderful Town, I Am My Own Wife Top 2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards

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02 May 2004

OCC Award-Winning Musical <i>Wicked</i> (nominees Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth).
OCC Award-Winning Musical Wicked (nominees Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth).
Photo by Joan Marcus
Wicked led the 2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards with four wins including Best Musical, it was announced May 2. The awards, honoring the best in New York theatre, also named Wonderful Town in three categories with Assassins, Henry IV, I Am My Own Wife, and Intimate Apparel tied with two wins apiece.

The 54th annual honors will be presented at a ceremony at Sardi's Restaurant, May 27. The awards, known as the first awards of the season, are decided upon by an group of writers "covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway."

In several tight races, ties were declared in the categories of Off-Broadway Musical (Johnny Guitar and The Thing about Men) and Featured Actor in a Musical (John Cariani and Michael Cerveris). As previously reported, the Broadway production of Prymate will be considered for next season's awards as the nominating committee were not able to see the show prior to the eligibility cut-off date. Golda's Balcony and Avenue Q were deemed ineligible as they were considered for last year's Off-Broadway awards.

The 2003-2004 Outer Critics Circle Awards are as follows (winners are denoted by an asterisk* and in bold):

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY
Anna in the Tropics
*I Am My Own Wife
Match
Sixteen Wounded



OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL
Bombay Dreams
The Boy From Oz
Caroline, or Change
*Wicked

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
The Beard of Avon
Bug
Frozen
*Intimate Apparel
Well

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL(tie)
Fame on 42nd Street
*Johnny Guitar
*The Thing About Men

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Caretaker
*Henry IV
Jumpers
A Raisin in the Sun
Sly Fox

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Assassins
Fiddler on the Roof
Little Shop of Horrors
*Wonderful Town

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers
Kevin Kline, Henry IV
*Frank Langella, Match
Brían F. O'Byrne, Frozen
Richard Thomas, The Stendhal Syndrome

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
*Eileen Atkins, The Retreat From Moscow
Zilah Mendoza, Living Out
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
Swoosie Kurtz, Frozen
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gregg Edelman, Wonderful Town
Hunter Foster, Little Shop of Horrors
*Hugh Jackman, The Boy From Oz
Alfred Molina, Fiddler on the Roof
Euan Morton, Taboo

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kerry Butler, Little Shop of Horrors
Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked
Idina Menzel, Wicked
*Donna Murphy, Wonderful Town
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
René Auberjonois, Sly Fox
*Ned Beatty, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Teagle F. Bougere, A Raisin in the Sun
Aidan Gillen, The Caretaker
Omar Metwally, Sixteen Wounded

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Julie Halston, Twentieth Century
Jayne Houdyshell, Well
Margo Martindale, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Jan Maxwell, Sixteen Wounded
*Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL(tie)
*John Cariani, Fiddler on the Roof
*Michael Cerveris, Assassins

Mitchell David Federan, The Boy From Oz
Sriram Ganesan, Bombay Dreams
Joel Grey, Wicked

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Ayesha Dharker, Bombay Dreams
Randy Graff, Fiddler on the Roof
Isabel Keating, The Boy From Oz
Carole Shelley, Wicked
*Karen Ziemba, Never Gonna Dance

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Sarah Jones, Bridge & Tunnel
*Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife
Martin Moran, The Tricky Part
Angelica Torn, Edge

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Doug Hughes, Frozen
Moisés Kaufman, I Am My Own Wife
*Jack O'Brien, Henry IV
Daniel Sullivan, Intimate Apparel

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
David Leveaux, Fiddler on the Roof
*Joe Mantello, Wicked
Kathleen Marshall, Wonderful Town
George C. Wolfe, Caroline, or Change

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Wayne Cilento, Wicked
*Kathleen Marshall, Wonderful Town
Joey McKneely, The Boy From Oz
Jerry Mitchell, Never Gonna Dance
Anthony Van Laast and Farah Kahn, Bombay Dreams

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, Twentieth Century
Ralph Funicello, Henry IV
*Eugene Lee, Wicked
Vicki Mortimer, Jumpers

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Jess Goldstein, Henry IV
*Susan Hilferty, Wicked
Mike Nicholls & Bobby Pearce, Taboo
Catherine Zuber, Intimate Apparel

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
*Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Assassins
David Lander, I Am My Own Wife
Brian MacDevitt, Fiddler on the Roof
Kenneth Posner, Wicked

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Nilo Cruz, Anna in the Tropics
Tracy Letts, Bug
*Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel
Tristine Skyler, The Moonlight Room

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Puppet Artistry

Avenue Q

Total Awards by Show:
Wicked - 4
Wonderful Town - 3
Assassins - 2
Henry IV - 2
I Am My Own Wife - 2
Intimate Apparel - 2
A Raisin in the Sun - 1
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 1
Fiddler on the Roof - 1
Johnny Guitar - 1
Match - 1
Never Gonna Dance - 1
The Boy From Oz - 1
The Retreat from Moscow - 1
The Thing About Men - 1