Outer Critics Circle Applauds Broadway's 'Gentleman's

The Outer Critics Circle gave a thumbs-up to Tony nomination packleader “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” handing the musical four kudos including top tuner in the race for the org’s 2013-14 awards.

The Rialto musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway” and the Main Stem revival of “The Glass Menagerie” notched three awards apiece. “All the Way” scored the laurel for best play, with lead thesp Bryan Cranston taking the trophy for lead actor in a play. (All three titles are Tony contenders.)

The Outer Critics win for “Gentleman’s Guide” adds a bit of awards momentum to the well-reviewed show. But legiters already knew the critics loved “Gentleman’s Guide” — what remains to be seen is how the Tony votership, which extends beyond the press to encompass other segs of the industry including road presenters, rates the musical.

“Fun Home,” the Off Broadway awards-season favorite that is gearing up for a Broadway transfer next season, snagged the award for Off Broadway musical, while the gong for Off Broadway play went to “The Explorer’s Club.”

Among other noteworthy OCC results, “Gentleman’s Guide” star Jefferson Mays beat out his Tony competition Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) for the lead actor in a musical award. Jason Robert Brown (“The Bridges of Madison County”) took home the kudo for score.

However, don’t look to the OCC for any tea leaves about the ultracompetitive Tony race for lead actress in a musical — the OCC award went to Audra McDonald, who isn’t a Tony contender in that category because the show she toplines, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” is classified as a play by the Tonys.

A special OCC award went to Bill Berloni, the longtime animal trainer whose pups appeared this season in shows including “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Lady Day,” “The Open House” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

The annual OCC awards are voted on by the Outer Critics membership, which consists of journos who cover New York theater for media outlets based outside of Gotham.

The 2014 Outer Critics award ceremony is set for May 22 at Sardi’s. Billy Porter, who won a Tony last season for his perf in “Kinky Boots,” will be a presenter along with fellow thesps Victoria Clark, Terrence Mann, Andrea Martin and Shuler Hensley.

And the winners of the 2013-14 Outer Critics Circle Awards are:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

“All the Way”

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

“The Explorer’s Club”

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

“Fun Home”

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE – The Marjorie Gunner Award

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

“The Glass Menagerie” 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY – The Lucille Lortel Award

Tim Carroll, “Twelfth Night”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

William Ivey Long, “Bullets Over Broadway”

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)


Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cherry Jones, “The Glass Menagerie”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Brian J. Smith, “The Glass Menagerie”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY   (TIE VOTE!)

Andrea Martin, “Act One”

Mare Winningham, “Casa Valentina”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Nick Cordero, “Bullets Over Broadway”

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Marin Mazzie, “Bullets Over Broadway”

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

John Douglas Thompson, “Satchmo at the Waldorf”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Triple TIE VOTE!)

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

Eric Dufault, “Year of the Rooster”

Madeleine George, “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence”

Steven Levenson, “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin”

 

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