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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at Algonquin Hotel, NY

By David Lefkowitz
Published April 25 2007

On April 23 at New York's Algonquin Hotel, Tony winners John Lloyd Young(Jersey Boys) and Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) announced nominees for the 57th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. Winners will be announced May 14, and the 57th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony will be held May 24th at Sardi's Restaurant in the theater district.

The big surprise is that although the general assumption pits Spring Awakening and Grey Gardens against each other at awards time, it's Disney's Mary Poppins that came away with the most nominations: 11. Meanwhile, Lincoln Center's mounting of Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, came away with 9 nods.

Ms. Poppins will, indeed, take on the tormented Wedekids of Spring Awakening and goofy geezers of Grey Gardens, along with the denizens of the Kurt Weill revue, LoveMusik, for best Broadway musical. Utopia competes with Coram Boy, Frost/Nixon and August Wilson's Radio Golf for best Broadway play.

As if often the case with theater awards, shows that opened later in the Broadway season tended to trump productions - even some well-regarded ones - that opened and closed before the spring onslaught. Which could explain the snubbing of Translations, The Little Dog Laughed, Losing Louie, High Fidelity, Butley, The Times They Are A-Changin', How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The Vertical Hour. Even the still-running A Chorus Line mustered only two nominations, albeit one of them for best musical revival. That said, Legally Blonde received only one nomination (for Orfeh), and The Year of Magical Thinking none. Heartbreak House managed one nomination for Lily Rabe; Prelude to a Kiss did the same for Robin Bartlett. Eve Best scored a nod for A Moon for the Misbegotten, but her co-star, Kevin Spacey, did not, nor did the show receive a best revival or best director nomination. The big-ticket Pirate Queen managed two nominations: costumes and choreography.

Off-Broadway, Exits and Entrances, The Pain and the Itch, The Scene and Indian Blood made the play cut, while In the Heights seems the one to beat (against Evil Dead: The Musical, Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky and Gutenberg: the Musical) for best musical.

Tapped for their solos are Daniel Beatty for Emergence-See, Ed Harris for Wrecks, Jay Johnson for The Two and Only, and Nilaja Sun for her long-running No Child... Bhutan, Jack Goes Boating, The Pain and the Itch and No Child... are up for the John Gassner Award (for a play by a newly-discovered American dramatist).

Two actors who won't be sweating the suspense come May 24th are Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes.They'll both get special awards "in recognition of their outstanding and distinguished careers in the theater."


Members of the OCC are critics and journalists who cover New York theater for TV, radio, magazines and newspapers that reach outside of Manhattan. For the major awards, Broadway and off-Broadway are split into separate categories; hence last year's winners: The History Boys and Jersey Boys (Broadway play and musical) and Stuff Happens and the Playwrights Horizons mounting of Grey Gardens (off-Broadway play and musical). The other categories mix both Broadway and off, a la The Dr


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