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Three lead Outer Critics

'Mormon,' 'Horse,' 'Goes' win four each

A trio of shows came away from the Outer Critics Circle Awards carrying four gongs apiece, with “The Book of Mormon,” “Anything Goes” and “War Horse” each nabbing a quartet of trophies.

“Mormon” nabbed the kudos for new tuner, score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone), helmer (Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker) and lead tuner actor (Josh Gad), while “Anything” took musical revival, choreographer (Kathleen Marshall), lead musical actress (Sutton Foster) and featured musical actor (Adam Godley).

Along with a previously announced laurel for the puppetry creatives of “War Horse,” the strong-selling play also cantered off with new play, director of a play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris) and lights (Paule Constable).

All three of those winning shows are contenders for Tony Awards, although the Outer Critics often do not serve as a reliable barometer for Tony love.

Acting nods for perfs in plays went to current Tony nominees Mark Rylance (“Jerusalem”) and, tying for lead actress, Frances McDormand (“Good People”) and Nina Arianda (“Born Yesterday”). John Leguizamo topped the solo perf category, while Ellen Barkin received a previously announced special laurel for her work in “The Normal Heart,” which also won for play revival.

Outer Critics, the org made up of journos who cover New York theater for outlets based outside of New York, consider both Main Stem and Off Broadway offerings in a number of single categories. Still, there are a handful of Off Broadway-only races, including new play, won this year by Broadway-bound “Other Desert Cities,” and musical, snagged by “The Kid.”

The org’s special kudo for a new play from a new playwright went to Matthew Lopez for “The Whipping Boy,” seen earlier this season at Manhattan Theater Club.

Awards will be handed out at a ceremony set for May 26 at Sardi’s.

Complete list of the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Award winners
(Winners marked with **)

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)

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