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Outer crix go for ‘Game’

Revival scores eight noms

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The Roundabout revival of “The Pajama Game” was a sleeper hit with the Outer Critics Circle, topping the list of the org’s award nominations with eight nods.

Close on its tail was Off Broadway tuner “Grey Gardens” with seven, followed by six each for “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Jersey Boys.”

Just as notable in the list of noms were the snubs. David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” isn’t a contender for Broadway play, although Cynthia Nixon, the production’s star, made the cut in the lead actress category. “Festen,” “The History Boys,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and “Primo” are the competitors for Rialto play.

Two straight play smashes, “The Odd Couple” and “Three Days of Rain,” also went without — most notably the star of “Three Days,” Julia Roberts.

And the Outer Critics, whose membership consists of journos covering theater mainly for media outlets outside Gotham, gave a thumbs-down to “The Wedding Singer.” The latest effort from the producing team behind “Hairspray” did not get a nom.

Instead, in the Broadway tuner category, the short-lived Andrew Lloyd Webber comeback “The Woman in White” joins three candidates more likely to make the Tony list, “The Color Purple,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Jersey Boys.” (“Tarzan” was the only Broadway offering of the season opening too late for consideration by the Outer Critics; the Disney musical will be eligible next year.)

The multiple mentions for “Pajama Game” include Harry Connick Jr., for actor in a tuner, Kelli O’Hara for actress and Kathleen Marshall for helmer. Both Peter Benson and Megan Lawrence garnered featured player nods.

“Grey Gardens” goes up against two Michael John LaChiusa works — “Bernarda Alba” and “See What I Wanna See” — as well as “Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story” for Off Broadway musical. (Outer Critics considers both Broadway and Off Broadway offerings for honors.)

“Grey’s” Michael Greif is up for director, and its universally praised star, Christine Ebersole, squares off against O’Hara, LaChanze (“The Color Purple”) and Patti LuPone (“Sweeney Todd”) for actress in a musical.

“Sweeney” and “Color Purple” both got five nominations, as did “The Woman in White.” “Sweeney” is pitted against “Pajama Game,” “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” for musical revival.

Play revival sees “Awake and Sing!” — which got four noms — pitted against “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” “The Constant Wife” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Ian McDiarmid, who appears alongside Ralph Fiennes and Cherry Jones in “Faith Healer,” got the only nom for that production. He’s joined on the actor list by Gabriel Byrne (“A Touch of the Poet”), David Wilmot (“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”) and Zeljko Ivanek, who appears opposite the un-nominated David Schwimmer in “Caine Mutiny.”

Richard Griffiths, who gives a buzzed-about perf as the central character in “History Boys,” finds himself in the supporting actor category. (The producers likely will petition the Tony committee to have him considered in the lead role category for the Tonys.)

The noms for the John Gassner Award, given to an American play “preferably by a new playwright,” includes Rolin Jones’ “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” and Adam Rapp’s “Red Light Winter,” both candidates for the Pulitzer in a year in which no award was given. Filling out the category are “In the Continuum” by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter and “The Ruby Sunrise” by Rinne Groff.

Winners will be announced May 15, with a ceremony held May 25.

And the nominees are…

BROADWAY PLAY
“Festen”
“The History Boys”
“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”
“Primo”

BROADWAY MUSICAL
“The Color Purple”
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
“Jersey Boys”
“The Woman in White”

OFF BROADWAY PLAY
“Beauty of the Father”
“In the Continuum”
“Stuff Happens”
“Tryst”

OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Bernarda Alba”
“Grey Gardens”
“See What I Wanna See”
“Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story”

NEW SCORE
“The Color Purple”
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
“Grey Gardens”
“See What I Wanna See”

REVIVAL OF A PLAY
“Awake and Sing!”
“The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”
“The Constant Wife”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”
“The Pajama Game”
“Sweeney Todd”
“Two Gentlemen of Verona”

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Nicholas Hytner — “The History Boys”
Wilson Milam — “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”
Bartlett Sher — “Awake and Sing!”
Jerry Zaks — “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
John Doyle — “Sweeney Todd”
Michael Greif — “Grey Gardens”
Kathleen Marshall — “The Pajama Game”
Des McAnuff — “Jersey Boys”

CHOREOGRAPHY
Graciela Daniele — “Bernarda Alba”
Kathleen Marshall — “The Pajama Game”
Casey Nicholaw — “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Sergio Trujillo — “Jersey Boys”

SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty — “The Color Purple”
William Dudley — “The Woman in White”
David Gallo — “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Allen Moyer — “Grey Gardens”

COSTUME DESIGN
Gregg Barnes — “The Drowsy Chaperone”
William Dudley — “The Woman in White”
William Ivey Long — “Grey Gardens”
Martin Pakledinaz — “The Pajama Game”

LIGHTING DESIGN
Howell Binkley — “Jersey Boys”
Richard G. Jones — “Sweeney Todd”
Jeff Nellis — “Tryst”
Paul Pyant — “The Woman in White”

ACTOR IN A PLAY
Gabriel Byrne — “A Touch of the Poet”
Zeljko Ivanek — “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial”
Ian McDiarmid — “Faith Healer”
David Wilmot — “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”

ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon — “Rabbit Hole”
Lois Smith — “The Trip to Bountiful”
Zoe Wanamaker — “Awake and Sing!”
Julie White — “The Little Dog Laughed”

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris — “Sweeney Todd”
Harry Connick Jr. — “The Pajama Game”
Hugh Panaro — “Lestat”
John Lloyd Young — “Jersey Boys”

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Christine Ebersole — “Grey Gardens”
La Chanze — “The Color Purple”
Patti LuPone — “Sweeney Todd”
Kelli O’Hara — “The Pajama Game”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Richard Easton — “Entertaining Mr. Sloane”
Peter Gerety — “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”
Richard Griffiths — “The History Boys”
Mark Ruffalo — “Awake and Sing!”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Frances de la Tour — “The History Boys”
Hallie Foote — “The Trip to Bountiful”
Jan Maxwell — “Entertaining Mr. Sloane”
Lynn Redgrave — “The Constant Wife”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Ball — “The Woman in White”
Peter Benson — “The Pajama Game”
Jim Dale — “The Threepenny Opera”
Christian Hoff — “Jersey Boys”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Megan Lawrence — “The Pajama Game”
Beth Leavel — “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Mary Louise Wilson — “Grey Gardens”
Elisabeth Withers-Mendes — “The Color Purple”

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Steven Fales — “Confessions of a Mormon Boy”
Marga Gomez — “Los Big Names”
Jack Holmes — “RFK”
Antony Sher — “Primo”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Rolin Jones — “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow”
Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter — “In the Continuum”
Adam Rapp — “Red Light Winter”
Rinne Groff — “The Ruby Sunrise”

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