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Outer Critics Circle Nominations: ‘American Psycho,’ ‘She Loves Me’ Take the Lead (FULL LIST)

American Psycho,” the Broadway musical that opens Thursday, and the well-received revival of “She Loves Me” topped the list of 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations with eight nods apiece. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical “Bright Star” and Gloria Estefan bio “On Your Feet!” nabbed seven each.

The Outer Critics, the organization of journalists who cover New York City theater for media outlets based outside of the city, is always the first out of the gate with nominations, but they tend to offer a skewed view of the upcoming awards season. Because Off Broadway shows are eligible for OCC awards, some shows that were seen Off Broadway last season aren’t eligible this season — most notably, this year, “Hamilton,” which nabbed Off Broadway trophies last year and this year wasn’t eligible for any OCCs, even though the production stands poised to dominate the Tony Awards this year.

Also likely to play a big role at the Tonys is “Shuffle Along,” the new musical with a starry cast that includes Tony-magnet Audra McDonald. That show wasn’t eligible for the OCCs this year either, because its April 28 opening fell too late to be considered for the 2016 awards.

In play races, “Eclipsed” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” led with five nominations each, including lead actress nods for Lupita Nyong’o (“Eclipsed”) and Jessica Lange (“Long Day’s Journey”). Other well-known names on the nominations list include Michelle Williams (“Blackbird”), Frank Langella “The Father,” Mark Strong (“A View from the Bridge”), Ben Whishaw “(The Crucible”) and Michael Shannon (“Long Day’s Journey”).

On the Off Broadway front, the previewing musical “Dear Evan Hanson” scored six nominations, which bodes well for the buzzy musical that has producers already eyeing a Broadway transfer.

OCC winners will be announced May 9, with a dinner and awards presentation set for May 26 at Sardi’s.

The complete list of 2015-16 Outer Critics Circle Asards Nominations follows.

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Therese Raquin

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

American Psycho the Musical

Bright Star

On Your Feet!

Tuck Everlasting the Musical

Waitress

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

The Christians

Familiar

Gloria

Hold On to Me Darling

The Legend of Georgia McBride

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Cagney

Daddy Long Legs

Dear Evan Hansen

Lazarus

Southern Comfort

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Bright Star

Daddy Long Legs

Dear Evan Hansen

Lazarus

On Your Feet!

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

American Psycho the Musical

Bright Star

Daddy Long Legs

Dear Evan Hansen

Waitress

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Blackbird

The Crucible

Fool for Love

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A View From the Bridge

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Color Purple the Musical

Dames at Sea

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Evan Cabnet     Gloria

Mike Donahue     The Legend of Georgia McBride

Rupert Goold     King Charles III

Joe Mantello     The Humans

Ivo van Hove     A View From the Bridge

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Michael Arden     Spring Awakening

Walter Bobbie     Bright Star

Scott Ellis     She Loves Me

Rupert Goold     American Psycho the Musical

Michael Greif     Dear Evan Hansen

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Joshua Bergasse   Cagney

Spencer Liff     Spring Awakening

Josh Rhodes     Bright Star

Randy Skinner     Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo     On Your Feet!

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)

Beowulf Boritt     Therese Raquin

David Korins     Misery

Mimi Lien     John

David Rockwell     She Loves Me

Walt Spangler     Tuck Everlasting the Musical

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)

ESosa     On Your Feet!

Jane Greenwood     Bright Star

Katrina Lindsay     American Psycho the Musical

Jeff Mahshie     She Loves Me

Tom Scutt     King Charles III

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Donald Holder     She Loves Me

Natasha Katz     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Kenneth Posner     On Your Feet!

Ben Stanton     Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend     American Psycho the Musical

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Lucy MacKinnon     Spring Awakening

Peter Nigrini     Grounded

Peter Nigrini     Dear Evan Hansen

Finn Ross     American Psycho the Musical

Tal Yarden     Lazarus

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Reed Birney    The Humans

Gabriel Byrne     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Frank Langella     The Father

Mark Strong     A View From the Bridge

Ben Whishaw     The Crucible

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jayne Houdyshell     The Humans

Jessica Lange     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Lupita Nyong’o     Eclipsed

Nicola Walker     A View From the Bridge

Michelle Williams     Blackbird

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Alex Brightman     School of Rock the Musical

Danny Burstein     Fiddler on the Roof

Robert Creighton     Cagney

Ben Platt     Dear Evan Hansen

Benjamin Walker     American Psycho the Musical

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Laura Benanti     She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack    Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo     The Color Purple the Musical

Jessie Mueller     Waitress

Ana Villafañe     On Your Feet!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Sanjit De Silva     Dry Powder

Matt McGrath     The Legend of Georgia McBride

Jim Norton     The Crucible

Robert Sella     Sylvia

Michael Shannon     Long Day’s Journey Into Night

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Pascale Armand     Eclipsed

Zainab Jah     Eclipsed

Judith Light     Therese Raquin

Saycon Sengbloh     Eclipsed

Myra Lucretia Taylor     Familiar

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Nicholas Barasch     She Loves Me

Roger Bart     Disaster!

Michael Esper     Lazarus

Christopher Fitzgerald     Waitress

Terrence Mann     Tuck Everlasting the Musical

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Danielle Brooks     The Color Purple the Musical

Andrea Burns     On Your Feet!

Sophia Anne Caruso     Lazarus

Jane Krakowski     She Loves Me  

Helene Yorke     American Psycho the Musical 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Mike Birbiglia    Thank God For Jokes

Kathleen Chalfant     Rose

Anne Hathaway     Grounded

James Lecesne     The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Daphne Rubin-Vega     Empanada Loca 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Lindsey Ferrentino     Ugly Lies the Bone

Lauren Gunderson     I and You

Martyna Majok     Ironbound

Marco Ramirez     The Royale

Anna Ziegler     Boy

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

James Houghton     Signature Theater Company

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