Outer Crix announce noms

Selections offer sneak peek at coming shows

See nomineesWhen it comes to prestige, they’re not the Tonys. They’re not even the Drama Desk. But the Outer Critics Circle certainly is the first of the season when it comes to getting out its nominations for citing excellence in theater. (The Lucille Lortel Awards beat OCC with its noms for Off Broadway.)

More than 75 legit critics and scribes who write about the New York theater for out-of-town media outlets comprise the aptly named Outer Critics.

Not only is the org first with Broadway noms, OCC includes shows that are in previews but have not yet opened. The exception for the 2002-03 Broadway season is “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which has not yet begun its preview sked. OCC officials promise that the revival will be included in next season’s voting.

As for this year’s noms, OCC presents a telling critical glimpse at those shows yet to open. Matthew Barber’s soon-to-preem “Enchanted April” took a significant nine nominations, the most for any play this season. The upcoming “Salome” and “Look of Love,” however, didn’t receive one, while Sam Mendes’ revival of “Gypsy” garnered a skimpy two. Its star, Bernadette Peters, was not cited.

But then Peters was in good company. Other name performers who did not get noms include Helen Hunt and John Turturro (“Life (x) 3”), Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei (“Salome”), Henry Goodman (“Tartuffe”), Paul Newman (“Our Town”) and Fiona Shaw (“Medea”). The omission of the latter two stars could be a case of out of sight, out of mind: Their respective productions closed earlier in the season.

Curiously, OCC takes a very narrow definition of the words “actor” and “actress.” Not one of the dancers or opera singers in, respectively, “Movin’ Out” and “La Boheme” was nominated in the performer categories.

And the nominees are . . .

BROADWAY PLAY
“Enchanted April”
“The Play What I Wrote”
“Take Me Out”
“Vincent in Brixton”

BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Amour”
“Hairspray”
“Movin’ Out”
“Urban Cowboy”

OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“The Exonerated”
“Kimberly Akimbo”
“Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme”
“Talking Heads”

OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Avenue Q”
“Hank Williams: Lost Highway”
“A Man of No Importance”
“Radiant Baby”
“Zanna Don’t”

REVIVAL OF A PLAY
“A Day in the Death of Joe Egg”
“Dinner at Eight”
“Our Town”
“Tartuffe”

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“La Boheme”
“Gypsy”
“Man of La Mancha”
“Nine”

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Michael Engler, “Talking Heads”
Gerald Gutierrez, “Dinner at Eight”
Joe Mantello, “Take Me Out”
Michael Wilson, “Enchanted April”

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
David Leveaux, “Nine”
Baz Luhrmann, “La Boheme”
Sam Mendes, “Gypsy”
Randal Myler, “Hank Williams: Lost Highway”
Jack O’Brien, “Hairspray”

CHOREOGRAPHY
Jonathan Butterell, “Nine”
Robert Longbottom, “Flower Drum Song”
Jerry Mitchell, “Hairspray”
Twyla Tharp, “Movin’ Out”

SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, “Dinner at Eight”
Catherine Martin, “La Boheme”
Scott Pask, “Nine”
David Rockwell, “Hairspray”
Tony Straiges, “Enchanted April”

COSTUME DESIGN
Jess Goldstein, “Enchanted April”
William Ivey Long, “Hairspray”
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, “La Boheme”
Vicki Mortimer, “Nine”
Catherine Zuber, “Dinner at Eight”

LIGHTING DESIGN
Paul Gallo, “Man of La Mancha”
Nigel Levings, “La Boheme”
Brian MacDevitt, “Nine”
Kenneth Posner, “Hairspray”
Rui Rita, “Enchanted April”

ACTOR IN A PLAY
Brian Bedford, “Tartuffe”
Jochum ten Haaf, “Vincent in Brixton”
Eddie Izzard, “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg”
Howard W. Overshown, “Yellowman”
Daniel Sunjata, “Take Me Out”

ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jayne Atkinson, “Enchanted April”
Marylouise Burke, “Kimberly Akimbo”
Christine Ebersole, “Dinner at Eight”
Victoria Hamilton, “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg”
Clare Higgins, “Vincent in Brixton”

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Antonio Banderas, “Nine”
Harvey Fierstein, “Hairspray”
Brian Stokes Mitchell, “Man of La Mancha”
Jason Petty, “Hank Williams: Lost Highway”
Roger Rees, “A Man of No Importance”

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella, “Urban Cowboy”
Melissa Errico, “Amour”
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, “Man of La Mancha”
Chita Rivera, “Nine”
Marissa Jaret Winokur, “Hairspray”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Walter Bobbie, “Polish Joke”
Michael Cumpsty, “Enchanted April”
Daniel Gerroll, “Enchanted April”
Denis O’Hare, “Take Me Out”
B.D. Wong, “Shanghai Moon”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Linda Emond, “Life (x) 3”
Kathryn Meisle, “Tartuffe”
Marian Seldes, “Dinner at Eight”
Emily Skinner, “Dinner at Eight”
J. Smith-Cameron, “Tartuffe”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Randall Duk Kim, “Flower Drum Song”
Dick Latessa, “Hairspray”
Matthew Morrison, “Hairspray”
Steven Pasquale, “A Man of No Importance”
Corey Reynolds, “Hairspray”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Laura Benanti, “Nine”
Kerry Butler, “Hairspray”
Jane Krakowski, “Nine”
Mary Stuart Masterson, “Nine”
Mary Beth Peil, “Nine”

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Tovah Feldshuh, “Golda’s Balcony”
Frank Gorshin, “Say Goodnight Gracie”
Kate Mulgrew, “Tea at Five”
Louis Mustillo, “Bartenders”
Charlayne Woodard, “In Real Life”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD (PRESENTED FOR AN AMERICAN PLAY, PREFERABLY BY A NEW PLAYWRIGHT)
Matthew Barber, “Enchanted April”
Stephen Adly Guigis, “Our Lady of 121st Street”
Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank, “The Exonerated”
Dael Orlandersmith, “Yellowman”

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

“Talking Heads,” outstanding ensemble performance

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