The Off-Broadway musical Fun Home, which played an extended run at the Public Theater earlier this season, took the honor for Best Musical; while Schenkkan's Broadway drama All The Way, which stars Bryan Cranston as LBJ, earned the Best American Play honor. The Atlantic Theater Company's Off-Broadway staging of The Night Alive received the Best Play honor.
Special citations were also awarded to The Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, seen on Broadway earlier this season; as well as playwright-director Richard Nelson and the company of The Apple Family Plays, which were presented at the Public Theater last fall.
The selections were made at the 79th annual voting meeting of the organization, at the offices of Time Out New York in Manhattan. Adam Feldman, theatre critic for Time Out New York, has served as president of the NYDCC since 2005. Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post serves as vice president; Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News is treasurer.
The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception to be held May 16 at 54 Below. The award for Best Play carries a cash prize of $2,500. The prize is made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
Previous winners include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Best Play 2013), Matilda (Best Musical 2013), Sons of the Prophet (Best Play 2012), Tribes (Best Foreign Play 2012), Once (Best Musical 2012), Good People (Best Play 2011), Jerusalem (Best Foreign Play 2011) and The Book of Mormon (Best Musical 2011). Each year the New York Drama Critics' Circle also awards special citations to individuals, groups and/or productions for their outstanding contributions in theatre. Recent recipients of these citations include Mike Nichols, Soho Rep, Mark Rylance, John Lee Beatty, Signature Theatre Company and the 2012 Broadway revival of The Normal Heart.
The New York Drama Critics' Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation's second-oldest theatre award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
In addition to Feldman, Vincentelli, and Dziemianowicz, the members of the New York Drama Critics' Circle are: Hilton Als, The New Yorker; Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly; David Cote, Time Out New York; Michael Feingold, TheaterMania; Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record; Elysa Gardner, USA Today; Adam Green Vogue; Jesse Green, New York; Mark Kennedy, Associated Press; Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer; David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter; Frank Scheck, New York Post; David Sheward, ArtsinNYC; John Simon, Yonkers Tribune; Marilyn Stasio, Variety; Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal; Matt Windman, amNewYork; Linda Winer, Newsday; and Richard Zoglin, Time. Emeritus members include David Finkle, Brian Scott Lipton, Michael Sommers and Steven Suskin.