Mel Brooks musical tops list with 10 nominations

Mel Brooks’ follow-up to “The Producers” may have received a tepid welcome from New York press, but “Young Frankenstein” topped the list of Outer Critics Circle nominations, scoring 10. Those mentions included Broadway musical and score, plus two for Susan Stroman’s direction and choreography, and acting noms for Roger Bart, Christopher Fitzgerald and Shuler Hensley.

Also racking up multiple mentions were Roundabout Theater Company’s still-previewing revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (opening May 1), which nabbed nine, and Lincoln Center Theater’s “South Pacific,” which took eight.

Like the National Board of Review Awards, which kick off the annual film kudos season, the OCC laurels have an erratic track record as a barometer for which way voters will swing in the Tony Awards, Broadway’s highest honors.

The wide margin for discrepancy is illustrated by the fact that current Tony fave “In the Heights” was ineligible for OCC consideration, as it was in the running (and, indeed, a winner) for its Off Broadway incarnation last year. Another tuner, “Glory Days,” was a last-minute addition to the Rialto sked, opening May 6 — too late to be seen by nominators in time for the OCC cutoff. That show will be considered next year.

Comprising journos who cover legit for media outlets based outside Gotham, the Outer Critics Circle hands out awards to both Broadway and Off Broadway productions.

Among new Rialto plays, “August: Osage County” and “The 39 Steps” earned three noms each, while in the revival category, “Liaisons” competes with “Come Back, Little Sheba” and “The Homecoming,” both of which also garnered three each.

In the new Broadway musical category, “Frankenstein” will vie with “A Catered Affair,” “Cry-Baby” and “Xanadu.” While nominated for score, critically praised rock tuner “Passing Strange” was overlooked for the top prize. “August” and “39 Steps” will duke it out for new Broadway play with “The Seafarer” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Musical revival nominees (chosen from shows on or off the main stem) are “South Pacific,” “Gypsy,” “Sunday in the Park With George” and the Irish Rep production of “Take Me Along.”

Play revival category, also considering both Broadway and Off Broadway outings, was filled with four Rialto stagings that, in addition to “Liaisons,” “Sheba” and “Homecoming,” includes “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

New Off Broadway tuner candidates include “The Adding Machine,” “The Glorious Ones,” “Make Me a Song — The Music of William Finn” and “Next to Normal.”

Scribe Adam Bock scored two of the four slots for new Off Broadway play with shows “The Receptionist” and “The Drunken City,” going up against Horton Foote’s Broadway-bound “Dividing the Estate” and Liz Flahive’s “From Up Here.”

Toughest contest among the thesp categories will likely be lead actress in a tuner, with nominees Patti LuPone (“Gypsy”), Kelli O’Hara (“South Pacific”) and Faith Prince (“Catered Affair”) looking likely to go head-to-head for the Tony as well. Alice Ripley, from Off Broadway offering “Next to Normal,” also nabbed a lead actress nod from the OCC.

Candidates for the John Gassner Award, given to a new American play by a tyro playwright, are “From Up Here”; “Secret Order,” by Bob Clyman; “Opus,” by Michael Hollinger; and “Betrayed,” by George Packer.

List of noms were announced Monday morning by thesps Karen Ziemba and Sandy Duncan at the Algonquin Hotel in midtown Gotham. Winners will be announced May 12, with a ceremony at Sardi’s skedded for May 22.

And the nominees are:

NEW BROADWAY PLAY
“August: Osage County”
“Rock ‘N’ Roll”
“The Seafarer”
“The 39 Steps”

NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
“A Catered Affair”
“Cry-Baby The Musical”
“Xanadu”
“Young Frankenstein”

NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“Dividing the Estate”
“The Drunken City”
“From Up Here”
“The Receptionist”

NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

“Adding Machine”
“The Glorious Ones”
“Make Me a Song – The Music of William Finn”
“Next to Normal”

NEW SCORE
“Adding Machine”
“Next to Normal”
“Passing Strange”
“Young Frankenstein”

REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Come Back, Little Sheba”
“Cyrano de Bergerac”
“The Homecoming”
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Gypsy”
“South Pacific”
“Sunday in the Park With George”
“Take Me Along”

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Maria Aitken – “The 39 Steps”
Rupert Goold – “Macbeth”
Rufus Norris – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Anna D. Shapiro – “August: Osage County”

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
David Cromer – “Adding Machine”
Arthur Laurents – “Gypsy”
Bartlett Sher – “South Pacific”
Susan Stroman – “Young Frankenstein”

CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford – “Cry-Baby The Musical”
Graciela Daniele – “The Glorious Ones”
Christopher Gattelli – “South Pacific”
Susan Stroman – “Young Frankenstein”

SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
David Farley / Timothy Bird – “Sunday in the Park With George”
Scott Pask – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Robin Wagner – “Young Frankenstein”
Michael Yeargan – “South Pacific”

COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
David Farley – “Sunday in the Park With George”
Katrina Lindsay – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
William Ivey Long – “Young Frankenstein”
Jessica Jahn, Michael Bottari & Ronald Case – “Die Mommie Die!”
Catherine Zuber – “South Pacific”

LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams – “The 39 Steps”
Ken Billington – “Sunday in the Park With George”
Donald Holder – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Peter Kaczorowski – “Young Frankenstein”

ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kevin Anderson – “Come Back, Little Sheba”
Ben Daniels – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Kevin Kline – “Cyrano de Bergerac”
Patrick Stewart – “Macbeth”

ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Eve Best – “The Homecoming”
Deanna Dunagan – “August: Osage County”
Laura Linney – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Come Back, Little Sheba”

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Roger Bart – “Young Frankenstein”
Daniel Evans – “Sunday in the Park With George”
Boyd Gaines – “Gypsy”
Paulo Szot – “South Pacific”

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Patti LuPone – “Gypsy”
Kelli O’Hara – “South Pacific”
Faith Prince – “A Catered Affair”
Alice Ripley – “Next to Normal”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Raúl Esparza – “The Homecoming”
James Earl Jones – “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”
Jim Norton – “The Seafarer”
David Pittu – “Is He Dead?”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jessica Collins – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Jayne Houdyshell – “The New Century”
Laurie Metcalf – “November”
Siân Phillips – “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein – “South Pacific”
Christopher Fitzgerald – “Young Frankenstein”
Shuler Hensley – “Young Frankenstein”
Tony Yazbeck – “Gypsy”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Laura Benanti – “Gypsy”
Harriet Harris – “Cry-Baby The Musical”
Sherie Rene Scott – “The Little Mermaid”
Amy Warren – “Adding Machine”

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood”
Stephen Lang – “Beyond Glory”
Chazz Palminiteri – “A Bronx Tale”
April Yvette Thompson – “Liberty City”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Bob Clyman – “Secret Order”
Liz Flahive – “From Up Here”
Michael Hollinger – “Opus”
George Packer – “Betrayed”

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