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Outer Critics like ‘Once’

Musical and 'One Man' each win three

Musical “Once” and play “One Man, Two Guvnors” led the Outer Critics Circle Awards, with each production nabbing a trio of awards and claiming the top prize in its respective genre.

“Once” — which topped the Tony noms with 11 — scored for new Broadway musical, besting Tony competish “Newsies” as well as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Show also took home the prize for book of a musical (by scribe Enda Walsh) and for Broadway tuner director (John Tiffany).

The Gotham import of London hit “One Man,” meanwhile, snagged the kudo for new Broadway play along with director of play (Nicholas Hytner) and lead actor in a play (James Corden).

Revival laurels went to “Death of a Salesman” for play and “Follies” for tuner, with “Follies” thesp Danny Burstein drawing the nod for actor in a musical.

Other lead thesping trophies went to Tracie Bennett, taking actress in a play for “End of the Rainbow,” and to Audra McDonald for her toplining perf in musical revival “Porgy and Bess.” Supporting wins were notched by James Earl Jones (“The Best Man”), Spencer Kayden (“Don’t Dress for Dinner”) and Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye, both of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Denis O’Hare took the solo perf award for his Off Broadway stint in “An Iliad.”

“Spider-Man” nabbed two design kudos, one for set (George Tsypin) and one for costumes (the late Eiko Ishioka), with the lighting award going to Hugh Vanstone for “Ghost.” Christopher Gatelli picked up the choreography prize for “Newsies.”

“Sons of the Prophet,” the Stephen Karam play that recently scored the New York Drama Critics Circle kudo, and musical “Queen of the Mist” won Off Broadway awards for play and musical, respectively. Jeff Talbot’s “The Submission,” another Off Broadway outing, won the John Gassner Award for an American play by a new scribe.

The OCC awards, presented by the org that reps journos who cover New York theater for outlets based outside of Gotham, are among the annual legit prizes that can add to a title’s kudos heat, but the OCC list rarely serves as a reliable barometer for Tony love. That’s particularly true this year in the play category: OCC winner “One Man” wasn’t nommed for the top play Tony, and every single Tony contender in the category (including “Other Desert Cities” and “Clybourne Park”) was ineligible for the OCCs this year because each had been previously eligible in an earlier Off Broadway incarnation.

Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Josh Gad, Montego Glover and Jon Robin Baitz will serve as presenters for the OCC Awards ceremony, set for May 24 at theater district joint Sardi’s.

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