Tuner gets nine noms; 'Anything Goes' scores eight

Gotham’s annual legit kudo race has begun to heat up, with the Outer Critics Circle handing nine noms to Broadway tuner “Sister Act” and eight to the current revival of “Anything Goes.”

“The Book of Mormon” and “The Motherfucker With the Hat” took six nominations apiece, while five each went to “Good People” and “How to Succeed in Business With-“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and fall offering “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Two potential Tony contenders from the fall, “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” were ineligible for OCC honors this year after being considered last season for Off Broadway trophies.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Good People,” “Motherfucker” and “War Horse” make up the new Broadway play category, while among Off Broadway new-play nominees are “Other Desert Cities,” gearing up for a Main Stem transfer in the fall, plus “Kin, ” “Blood From a Stone” and “The Other Place.”

Musical revival category, which combines Rialto and Off Broadway productions, pits “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed” against two shows from off the Main Stem, “Hello Again” and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Play revival nominees — “Born Yesterday,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Merchant of Venice” and “The Normal Heart” — were all drawn from Broadway.

The haul for “Sister Act” includes noms for director (Jerry Zaks), score and lead actress for both Patina Miller and Victoria Clark. “Anything Goes” bagged nominations for helming and choreography (both by Kathleen Marshall) as well as thesping nods for Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Adam Godley and John McMartin.

One of the Broadway tuners left out of the new musical race, “Catch Me If You Can,” did garner noms for score and for lead actors Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz.

Special achievement laurels will go to Ellen Barkin, currently appearing in “Normal Heart,” for outstanding Broadway debut, as well as to “War Horse” puppetmasters Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones for their work on that show.

Outer Critics winners are set to be announced May 16 ahead of a May 26 ceremony at Sardi’s.out really trying.” List of nominees in various acting categories includes Daniel Radcliffe (“How to Succeed”), Mark Rylance (“Jerusalem”), Edie Falco (“The House of Blue Leaves”), Al Pacino (“The Merchant of Venice”), Frances McDormand (“Good People”) and Donna Murphy (“The People in the Picture”).

Although the shows tallying high scores from the Outer Critics do gain awards momentum as many vie for Tony noms, the OCC nonetheless often proves an unreliable predictor of which productions go on to score noms or wins at the Tonys.

In the four-contender category for new Broadway musical, “Sister Act” competes with “Mormon,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and fall offering “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Two potential Tony contenders from the fall, “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” were ineligible for OCC honors this year after being considered last season for Off Broadway trophies.

“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Good People,” “Motherfucker” and “War Horse” make up the new Broadway play category, while among Off Broadway new-play nominees are “Other Desert Cities,” gearing up for a Main Stem transfer in the fall, plus “Kin, ” “Blood From a Stone” and “The Other Place.”

Musical revival category, which combines Rialto and Off Broadway productions, pits “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed” against two shows from off the Main Stem, “Hello Again” and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Play revival nominees — “Born Yesterday,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Merchant of Venice” and “The Normal Heart” — were all drawn from Broadway.

The haul for “Sister Act” includes noms for director (Jerry Zaks), score and lead actress for both Patina Miller and Victoria Clark. “Anything Goes” bagged nominations for helming and choreography (both by Kathleen Marshall) as well as thesping nods for Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Adam Godley and John McMartin.

One of the Broadway tuners left out of the new musical race, “Catch Me If You Can,” did garner noms for score and for lead actors Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz.

Special achievement laurels will go to Ellen Barkin, currently appearing in “Normal Heart,” for outstanding Broadway debut, as well as to “War Horse” puppetmasters Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones for their work on that show.

Outer Critics winners are set to be announced May 16 ahead of a May 26 ceremony at Sardi’s.

The nominees are:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
“Good People”
The Motherf**ker With the Hat”
“War Horse”

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
“The Book of Mormon”
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
“Sister Act”
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“Blood From a Stone”
“Kin”
“Other Desert Cities”
“The Other Place”

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Freckleface Strawberry”
“In Transit”
“The Kid”
“Tomorrow Morning”

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“The Book of Mormon”
“Catch Me If You Can”
“Sister Act”
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Born Yesterday”
“The Importance of Being Earnest”
“The Merchant of Venice”
“The Normal Heart”

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Anything Goes”
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
“Hello Again”
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris “War Horse”
Emma Rice “Brief Encounter”
Anna D. Shapiro “The Motherf**cker With the Hat”
Daniel Sullivan ]”Good People”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Rob Ashford “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Kathleen Marshall “Anything Goes”
Casey Nicholaw & Trey Parker “The Book of Mormon”
Jerry Zaks “Sister Act”

OUTSTANDINGCHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Ross Coleman “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
Kathleen Marshall “Anything Goes”
Casey Nicholaw “The Book of Mormon”

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Desmond Heeley “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Derek McLane “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Neil Murray “Brief Encounter”
Todd Rosenthal “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Lez Brotherston “Sister Act”
Tim Chappel & Lizzie Gardiner “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
Desmond Heeley “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Lizz Wolf “Baby It’s You!”

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Paule Constable “War Horse”
Natasha Katz “Sister Act”
“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Malcolm Rippeth “Brief Encounter”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney “The Dream of the Burning Boy”
Bobby Cannavale “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”
Joe Mantello “The Normal Heart”
Al Pacino “The Merchant of Venice”
Mark Rylance “Jerusalem”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Nina Arianda “Born Yesterday”
Edie Falco “The House of Blue Leaves”
Judith Light “Lombardi”
Frances McDormand “Good People”
Laurie Metcalf “The Other Place”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz “Catch Me If You Can”
Josh Gad “The Book of Mormon”
Daniel Radcliffe “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Tony Sheldon “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
Aaron Tveit “Catch Me If You Can”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark “Sister Act”
Sutton Foster “Anything Goes”
Beth Leavel “Baby It’s You!”
Patina Miller “Sister Act”
Donna Murphy “The People in the Picture”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Brian Bedford “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Evan Jonigkeit “High”
Stacy Keach “Other Desert Cities”
Seth Numrich “War Horse”
Yul Vazquez “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Renée Elise Goldsberry “Good People”
Linda Lavin “Other Desert Cities”
Estelle Parsons “Good People”
Alison Pill “The House of Blue Leaves”
Elizabeth Rodriguez “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Colin Donnell “Anything Goes”
Adam Godley “Anything Goes”
Chester Gregory “Sister Act”
John Larroquette “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
John McMartin “Anything Goes”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Laura Benanti “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
Nikki M. James “The Book of Mormon”
Patti LuPone “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
Marla Mindelle “Sister Act”
Laura Osnes “Anything Goes”

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Daniel Beaty “Through the Night”
Mike Birbiglia “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”
John Leguizamo “Ghetto Klown”
Michael Shannon “Mistakes Were Made”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)”
Amy Herzog “After the Revolution”
Matthew Lopez “The Whipping Man”
David West Read “The Dream of the Burning Boy”
Kim Rosenstock “Tigers Be Still”

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Ellen Barkin for her Outstanding Broadway Debut in “The Normal Heart”

Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company
Puppet Design, Fabrication and Direction for “War Horse”

2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Executive / Nominating Committee
Simon Saltzman (President)
Mario Fratti (Vice-President) Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary)
Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer) Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large)
Rosalind Friedman (Recording Secretary) and
Aubrey Reuben, Thomás Gentile & Harry Haun (Members-at-Large)

Nominations Tally for 3 or more:
(9) Nominations: “Sister Act”
(8) Nominations: “Anything Goes”
(6) Nominations: “The Book of Mormon,” “The Motherf**ker With the Hat”
(5) Nominations: “Good People,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
(4) Nominations: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “War Horse,”” Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
(3)Nominations: “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Brief Encounter,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Other Desert Cities”

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