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Outer Critics get ‘Nice Work’

Broadway musical leads nominations

Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” tops the list of Outer Critics Circle nominations, scoring nine noms in the first round of legit kudos to announce contenders this season. Two more Rialto offerings, “Newsies” and “Once,” nabbed seven nods apiece.

Both “Newsies” and “Once” are in the race for the OCC’s top Broadway musical trophy, as are “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” In an unusual twist, “Nice Work,” a tuner that incorporates Gershwin songs into a new book, did not get nominated for that laurel despite being eligible. Its haul of nods includes book (by Joe DiPietro), director (Kathleen Marshall), choreographer (Marshall), and thesping noms for topliner Kelli O’Hara as well as Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath in features roles.

The Rialto play category includes “The Lyons,” “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “Seminar” and “Stick Fly.” Four plays that could well attract attention at the Tonys — “Clybourne Park,” “Other Desert Cities,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Venus in Fur” — weren’t eligible for the Outer Critics this year, because those shows were previously nominated in their original, Off Broadway incarnations.

The OCC divides the new play and musical noms into Broadway and Off Broadway slots, although their revival categories consider productions from both. They make for iffy prognosticators of the Tonys, in part because the Tonys only considers Rialto productions.

The tuner revival race includes a trio of Broadway outings — “Evita,” “Follies” and “Porgy and Bess” — as well as the Off Broadway staging of “Carrie.” For play revival, Off Broadway alum “The Lady from Dubuque” squares off against Rialto outings “The Best Man,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Private Lives.”

Revivals “Salesman,” “Follies” and “Evita” tallied five noms each, as did new musical “Spider-Man.”

Nominees for the org’s John Gassner Award, awarded to an American play penned by a new or emerging writer, are Robert Askins’ “Hand of God,” Gabe McKinley’s “CQ/CX,” Erika Sheffer’s “Russian Transport” and Jeff Talbot’s “The Submission.”

Outer Critics membership is made up of scribes who cover New York theater for outlets based outside of Gotham. Award winners will be named May 14, with trophies handed out May 24.

Complete list of noiminees:

NEW BROADWAY PLAY
“The Lyons”
“One Man, Two Guvnors
“Seminar”
Stick Fly

NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“Newsies”
“Once”
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“Blood and Gifts”
“The School for Lies”
“Sons of the Prophet”
“Tribes”

NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Death Takes a Holiday”
“Lucky Guy”
“Play It Cool”
“Queen of the Mist

BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Newsies”
Nice Work If You Can Get It
“Once”
“Queen of the Mist

NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“Death Takes a Holiday”
“Newsies”
“Queen of the Mist”

REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“The Best Man”
Death of a Salesman
“The Lady From Dubuque”
“Private Lives”

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
“Carrie”
“Evita”
“Follies”
Porgy and Bess

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Mark Brokaw – “The Lyons”
David Cromer – “Tribes”
Nicholas Hytner – “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Mike Nichols – “Death of a Salesman”

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Jeff Calhoun – “Newsies”
Michael Grandage – “Evita”
Kathleen Marshall – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
John Tiffany – “Once”

CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford – “Evita”
Christopher Gattelli – “Newsies”
Steven Hoggett – “Once”
Kathleen Marshall – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Bob Crowley – “Once”
Derek McLane – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Christopher Oram – “Evita”
George Tsypin – “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Gregg Barnes – “Follies”
Eiko Ishioka – “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”
William Ivey Long – “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
Martin Pakledinaz – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Neil Austin – “Evita”
Donald Holder – “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”
Brian MacDevitt – “Death of a Salesman”
Hugh Vanstone – “Ghost: The Musical”

ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Corden – “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Santino Fontana – “Sons of the Prophet”
Russell Harvard – “Tribes”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Death of a Salesman”
Hamish Linklater – “The School for Lies”

ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Tracie Bennett – “End of the Rainbow”
Tyne Daly – “Master Class”
Linda Lavin – “The Lyons”
Nicole Ari Parker – “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Laila Robins – “The Lady From Dubuque”

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein – “Follies”
Raúl Esparza – “Leap of Faith”
Jeremy Jordan – “Newsies”
Steve Kazee – “Once”
Norm Lewis – “Porgy and Bess”

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jan Maxwell – “Follies”
Marin Mazzie – “Carrie”
Audra McDonald – “Porgy and Bess”
Cristin Milioti – “Once”
Kelli O’Hara – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Will Brill – “Tribes”
Tom Edden – “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Andrew Garfield – “Death of a Salesman”
James Earl Jones – “The Best Man”
Jefferson Mays – “Blood and Gifts”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Joanna Gleason – “Sons of the Prophet”
Spencer Kayden – “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
Angela Lansbury – “The Best Man”
Judith Light – “Other Desert Cities
Daphne Rubin-Vega – “A Streetcar Named Desire”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Phillip Boykin – “Porgy and Bess”
Andrew Keenan-Bolger – “Newsies”
Michael McGrath – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Patrick Page – “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”
Chris Sullivan – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jayne Houdyshell – “Follies”
Judy Kaye – “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Rebecca Luker – “Death Takes a Holiday”
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “Ghost: The Musical”
Melissa Van Der Schyff – “Bonnie & Clyde”

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Judy Gold – “My Life as a Sitcom”
David Greenspan – “The Patsy”
Denis O’Hare – “An Iliad”
Stephen Spinella – “An Iliad”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Robert Askins – “Hand to God”
Gabe McKinley – “CQ/CX”
Erika Sheffer – “Russian Transport”
Jeff Talbot – “The Submission”

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