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‘Pippin’ Hot With Outer Critics Circle Nominators

Broadway revival racks up 11 nominations; 'Kinky Boots' scores nine

And they’re off: The Outer Critics Circle launched the 2013 legit awards-season frenzy with its annual pack of nominations, led by Broadway revival “Pippin” with 11 nods and new Rialto musical “Kinky Boots” with nine.

The Outer Critics, made up of theater journos from more than 90 media outlets not based in New York, have an awards track record that perhaps most often swings farthest afield from the Tony nominations. Still, they do offer the first of several windows on the titles shaping up to be kudo faves, with the coming week or so to include the announcement of the Drama League noms plus the Drama Desks prior to the April 30 Tony nods.

Probably the most notable surprise in the OCC list is the relative paucity of noms for “Matilda,” the Brit hit that opened to Broadway raves April 11 but, at five nods, was left out of categories including score and director.

The short-lived “Chaplin,” meanwhile, scored eight noms, as did strong-selling revival “Cinderella.”

Four more Broadway shows have yet to open this week, but Outer Critics nominators managed to see all Rialto outings this year prior to voting. This season’s Broadway production of “The Other Place” wasn’t eligible because it was considered last year for its Off Broadway bow.

The OCC kudos have categories that recognize both Rialto and Off Broadway work. Among the strongest showings for this season’s Off Broadway titles are tuner “Dogfight,” which notched five nods for its run at Second Stage Theater, and “Here Lies Love,” the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical opening April 23 at the Public.

Starry thesps among the acting nominees include Tom Hanks (“Lucky Guy”), Vanessa Redgrave (“The Revisionist”), Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”), Tony Shalhoub (“Golden Boy”) and Bette Midler (“I’ll Eat You Last”).

Noms were announced by Robert Cuccioli (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) and Laila Robins at the Friars Club in Gotham. Winners will be announced May 13 ahead of a ceremony set for May 23 at Sardi’s.

And the nominees for the 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards are:

NEW BROADWAY PLAY

“Grace”

“Lucky Guy”

The Nance

“The Testament of Mary”

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

“Chaplin”

“A Christmas Story”

Hands on a Hardbody

“Kinky Boots”

“Matilda”

NEW OFF BROADWAY PLAY

“Bad Jews”

“Cock”

“My Name Is Asher Lev”

“Really Really”

The Whale

NEW OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL

“February House”

“Dogfight”

“Giant”

Here Lies Love

“Murder Ballad”

BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off Broadway)

“Cinderella”

“Chaplin”

“Dogfight”

“Kinky Boots”

“Matilda”

NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off Broadway)

“Chaplin”

“Dogfight”

Hands on a Hardbody

“Here Lies Love”

“Kinky Boots”

REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off Broadway)

Golden Boy

“Orphans”

The Piano Lesson

The Trip to Bountiful

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off Broadway)

“Annie”

“Cinderella”

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood

“Passion”

Pippin

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Pam MacKinnon,   “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Nicholas Martin,  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jack O’Brien,   “The Nance

Bartlett Sher,   “Golden Boy”

Michael Wilson,  “The Trip to Bountiful”

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle,   “Chaplin”

Scott Ellis,   “The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Jerry Mitchell,   “Kinky Boots”

Diane Paulus,   “Pippin”

Alex Timbers,   “Here Lies Love”

CHOREOGRAPHER

Warren Carlyle,   “Chaplin”

Peter Darling,   “Matilda”

Jerry Mitchell,   “Kinky Boots”

Josh Rhodes,   “Cinderella”

Chet Walker,   “Pippin”

SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

John Lee Beatty,   “The Nance”

Rob Howel,l   “Matilda”

David Korins,  “Here Lies Love”

Scott Pask,   “Pippin”

Michael Yeargan,   “Golden Boy”

COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Amy Clark & Martin Pakledinaz,   “Chaplin”

Gregg Barnes,   “Kinky Boots”

Dominique Lemieux,   “Pippin”

William Ivey Long,   “Cinderella”

William Ivey Long,   “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Ken Billington,   “Chaplinl”

Paul Gallo,   “Dogfight”

Donald Holder,   “Golden Boy”

Kenneth Posner,  “Cinderella”

Kenneth Posner,   “Pippin”

ACTOR IN A PLAY

Tom Hanks,   “Lucky Guy”

Shuler Hensley,   “The Whale

Nathan Lane,   “The Nance”

Tracy Letts,   “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

David Hyde Pierce,   “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Tracee Chimo,   “Bad Jews”

Amy Morton,   “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Vanessa Redgrave,   “The Revisionist”

Joely Richardson,  “Ivanov”

Cicely Tyson,   “The Trip to Bountiful”

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Bertie Carvel,   “Matildal”

Santino Fontana,   “Cinderella”

Rob McClure,   “Chaplin”

Billy Porter,   “Kinky Boots”

Matthew James, “Thomas  Pippin”

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Lilla Crawford,   “Annie”

Valisia LeKae,   “Motown”

Lindsay Mendez,   “Dogfight”

Patina Miller,   “Pippin”

Laura Osnes,   “Cinderella”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Danny Burstein,   “Golden Boy”

Richard Kind,   “The Big Knife”

Jonny Orsini,   “The Nance”

Tony Shalhoub,   “Golden Boy”

Tom Sturridge,   “Orphans”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cady Huffman,   “The Nance”

Judith Ivey,   “The Heiress”

Judith Light,   “The Assembled Parties”

Kristine Nielsen,   “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Vanessa Williams,   “The Trip to Bountiful”

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Will Chase,  “ The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Dan Lauria,   “A Christmas Story”

Raymond Luke,   “Motown”

Terrence Mann,   “Pippin”

Daniel Stewart Sherman,   “Kinky Boots”

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Annaleigh Ashford,   “Kinky Boots”

Victoria Clark,  “Cinderella”

Charlotte d’Amboise,   “Pippin”

Andrea Martin,   “Pippin”

Keala Settle,   “Hands on a Hardbody”

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Bette Midler,   “I’ll Eat You Last”

Martin Moran,   “All the Rage”

Fiona Shaw,   “The Testament of Mary

Holland Taylor,   “Ann”

Michael Urie,   “Buyer & Cellar”

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Ayad Akhtar,   “Disgraced”

Paul Downs Colaizzo,   “Really Really”

Joshua Harmon,   “Bad Jews”

Samuel D. Hunter,   “The Whale”

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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