Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” led the pack of 2013-14 nominations from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, nabbing 11 bids and placing it ahead of a list of competitors that includes Disney Theatrical Prods.’ “Aladdin” (eight noms), Off Broadway’s “Fun Home” (seven) and Rialto contender “Rocky” (six).

As the Broadway season has developed, “Gentleman’s Guide” — a comic tuner about a murder spree that opened in the fall — has become increasingly likely to take one of the hotly contested nominations slots at the Tony Awards. The show earned some of the strongest reviews of the season, although it has struggled to build significant box office momentum.

“Gentleman’s Guide” also scored noms for score, book and direction as well as competing lead actor mentions for the show’s two stars, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.

In the new Broadway tuner category, “Gentleman’s Guide” competes with “After Midnight,” “Aladdin,” “Beautiful” and “Rocky.” The Rialto competish for new plays includes “Act One,” Bryan Cranston starrer “All the Way,” “Casa Valentina,” Debra Messing outing “Outside Mullingar” and Michael C. Hall-Toni Collette starrer “The Realistic Joneses.”

Given the unusually large crowd of stars who landed on Broadway this season, it’s no surprise that acting nominations are peppered with famous names, including Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Ian McKellen (“No Man’s Land”) and Michelle Williams (“Cabaret”).

The musical actress category, in which Williams competes, turned out to be the diva smackdown many expect to be repeated for the Tonys, with Sutton Foster (“Violet”), Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”), Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”) and Kelli O’Hara (“The Bridges of Madison County”) also vying for the award. Notably absent from the list is Idina Menzel, the much-praised lead of “If/Then.”

The Outer Critics nominations list, voted on by theater journos for media outlets based outside New York, can sometimes prove something of a left-field list when held up against the roster of shows that go on to score Tony love. Like all pre-Tonys kudos, it serves as an unreliable bellwether for clues to the upcoming Tony race.

The Outer Critics Awards ceremony is set for May 22 at Sardi’s.

And the nominees are:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Act One

All the Way

Casa Valentina

Outside Mullingar

The Realistic Joneses

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

After Midnight

Aladdin

Beautiful

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Appropriate

Choir Boy

The Explorer’s Club

The Heir Apparent

Stage Kiss

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Far From Heaven

Fun Home

Murder For Two

Storyville

What’s It All About?  Bacharach Reimagined

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

Fun Home

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

The Bridges of Madison County

Fun Home

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

If / Then
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Glass Menagerie

Machinal

Twelfth Night

The Winslow Boy

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Cabaret

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Les Misérables

Violet

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Tim Carroll    Twelfth Night

Michael Grandage    The Cripple of Inishmaan

Lindsay Posner   The Winslow Boy

Bill Rauch    All the Way

Lyndsey Turner    Machinal

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle    After Midnight

Laurence Connor & James Powell    Les Misérables

Sam Gold    Fun Home

Alex Timbers    Rocky

Darko Tresnjak    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Warren Carlyle   After Midnight

Peggy Hickey    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine    Rocky

Casey Nicholaw    Aladdin

Susan Stroman    Bullets Over Broadway

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Christopher Barreca    Rocky

Beowulf Boritt    Act One

Bob Crowley    Aladdin

Es Devlin    Machinal

Alexander Dodge    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes    Aladdin

Linda Cho    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

William Ivey Long    Bullets Over Broadway

Jenny Tiramani    Twelfth Night

Isabel Toledo    After Midnight

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Howell Binkley    After Midnight

Paule Constable    Les Misérables

Natasha Katz    Aladdin

Philip S. Rosenberg    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Bryan Cranston    All the Way

Ian McKellen    No Man’s Land

Brían F. O’Byrne    Outside Mullingar

Mark Rylance    Twelfth Night

Tony Shaloub    Act One

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Tyne Daly    Mothers and Sons

Rebecca Hall    Machinal

Jessica Hecht    Stage Kiss

Cherry Jones    The Glass Menagerie

Estelle Parsons    The Velocity of Autumn

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Michael Cerveris    Fun Home

Neil Patrick Harris    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Andy Karl    Rocky

Jefferson Mays    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Bryce Pinkham    A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Sutton Foster    Violet

Audra McDonald    Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Jessie Mueller    Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

Kelli O’Hara    The Bridges of Madison County

Michelle Williams    Cabaret

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Paul Chahidi    Twelfth Night

Michael Cyril Creighton   Stage Kiss

John McMartin   All the Way

Alessandro Nivola   The Winslow Boy

Brian J. Smith    The Glass Menagerie

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Barbara Barrie   I Remember Mama

Andrea Martin   Act One

Sophie Okonedo   A Raisin in the Sun

Anika Noni Rose   A Raisin in the Sun

Mare Winningham   Casa Valentina

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein   Cabaret

Nick Cordero   Bullets Over Broadway

Joshua Henry   Violet

James Monroe Iglehart   Aladdin

Jarrod Specter   Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Judy Kuhn   Fun Home

Anika Larsen   Beautiful  The Carole King Musical

Sydney Lucas   Fun Home

Marin Mazzie    Bullets Over Broadway

Lisa O’Hare   A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Jim Brochu    Character Man

Debra Jo Rupp    Becoming Dr. Ruth

Ruben Santiago-Hudson    How I Learned What I Learned

Alexandra Silber    Arlington

John Douglas Thompson    Satchmo at the Waldorf

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)

Scott Z. Burns    The Library

Eric Dufault    Year of the Rooster

Madeleine George    The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence

Steven Levenson    The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin

Lauren Yee    The Hatmaker’s Wife

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