2016 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

occThe past couple weeks on and off Broadway have been filled with nominations and celebration as the 2015-16 comes to an end and awards committees begin to selecting and choosing who was the very best of the season. While no one will argue everyone has proved a winner this season on Broadway, only one can take home the top prize in each category among the numerous awards lists that have been announced these past weeks. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting list of winners for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards!

5.216900Congratulations to all the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award winners! Bright Star and The Humans topped the list taking home the award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Play, respectively. Bright Star also managed to score an award for Outstanding New Score. The biggest winners of the evening taking home multiple awards both happened to be Roundabout Theatre Company productions with She Loves Me scoring 4 wins and Long Days Journey Into Night taking home 3 wins. Outer Critics added a brand new category this season with Outstanding Video/Projection Design now being honored. Only new aspects of Hamilton, Blackbird and Disaster! were eligible for nomination while Shuffle Along will be considered for the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Here are the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations with winners bolded:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Eclipsed
The Father
The Humans
King Charles III
Thérèse 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 Thérèse 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 Thérèse 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
Heléne 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

The Outer Critics Circle Awards  is celebrating its 66th year of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre. The members of the committee are associated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet and theatrical publications not only in America but also worldwide.The awards are presented for both achievement in both Off-Broadway and Broadway productions and are the first major Broadway and Off-Broadway award nominations presented each season. Thanks to Joan Marcus for the photo bottom!

Congratulations once again to all of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award nominees and winners! A gala awards winner will be held May 26th at the iconic Sardi’s Restaurant in the Theatre District to celebrate not only their success but the success of the 2015-16 Broadway and Off-Broadway season!

More Outer Critics Circle Information: Website

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