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Outer Critics Circle Vote ‘Pippin,’ ‘Kinky Boots’

'Pippin' racks up seven awards from out-of-town media writers; 'Kinky Boots' takes three

The Broadway revival of “Pippin” scored seven awards from the Outer Critics Circle, with the musical notching kudos for musical revival, director (Diane Paulus) and lead actress in a musical (Patina Miller), among others.

Kinky Boots” followed with three trophies, including the one for new Broadway musical, while that tuner’s major Tony competish, “Matilda,” took two.

As with all the awards handed out in the run-up to the Tonys, the Outer Critics’ tally is far from a reliable barometer of the outcome of upcoming Tony races. Still, it’s notable that in many major OCC award categories, the winner was a current nominee selected from a pool of nominees that were relatively close reflections of their Tony competition.

So “Kinky Boots” bested “Matilda” for new Rialto musical, score (Cyndi Lauper), and lead actor, with that trophy going to Billy Porter for his perf as drag queen Lola in “Kinky” over Bertie Carvel for his own cross-dressing role as a monstrous headmistress. “Matilda” won for book (Dennis Kelly) and set (Rob Howell).

The haul for “Pippin” also included features actress (Andrea Martin), featured actor (Terrence Mann), choreography (Chet Walker) and lights (Kenneth Posner).

Other winners in the acting races included leads Nathan Lane for “The Nance” (picked over fellow Tony contenders Tom Hanks, Tracy Letts and David Hyde Pierce) and  Cicely Tyson for “The Trip to Bountiful.” The two thesps to win featured awards for perfs in a play, Tom Sturridge (“Orphans”) and Kristine Nielsen (“Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike”), are also in the mix for Tonys, but have been slotted into leading thesp races for that round of kudos.

Awards ceremony for the Outer Critics, a group of legit journos who cover New York theater for outlets based outside of Gotham, is set for May 23 at Sardi’s.

And the winners Outer Critics Circle’s 2012-13 Awards are: 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

“Kinky Boots”

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

“My Name is Asher Lev”

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Here Lies Love

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

“Matilda the Musical”

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

“Kinky Boots”

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

“Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Jack O’Brien   “The Nance

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Diane Paulus   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Chet Walker   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Rob Howell   “Matilda the Musical”

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

William Ivey Long   “Cinderella”

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Kenneth Posner   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Nathan Lane   “The Nance”

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cicely Tyson   “The Trip to Bountiful

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Billy Porter   “Kinky Boots”

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Patina Miller   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Tom Sturridge   “Orphans”

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Kristine Nielsen   “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Terrence Mann   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Andrea Martin   “Pippin”

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Holland Taylor   “Ann”

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Aaron Posner  “My Name is Asher Lev”

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Irish Repertory Theater

Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciaran O’Reilly, Producing Director

in recognition of 25 years of producing outstanding theater

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