Tonys: 'Something Rotten!' Leads Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

The group, which recognizes Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, also accorded Off-Broadway sensation 'Hamilton' five noms.
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'Something Rotten!'

The Tony season's first nominations have arrived!

While the actual Tony noms won't be announced until April 28, the Outer Critics Circle, an organization of writers and commentators who cover New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, revealed — via an announcement presided over by Broadway stars Raul Esparza and Katie Finneran — their nominees for the 65th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which will take place on May 11 at an annual dinner at Sardi's.

Something Rotten!, the new Casey Nicholaw-directed musical-comedy set during the Renaissance, was the day's big victor, emerging with a field-leading 12 nominations. It was followed by two other musicals, a revival of On the Twentieth Century (nine noms) and the first Broadway landing of An American in Paris (eight), as well as the epic play Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 (seven).

While Outer Critics Circle Awards nominees and winners tend to go on to Tonys success, not all Tonys nominees and winners first land OCCA nominations. That's because earlier incarnations of Tony-eligible shows that received OCCA nominations or wins are ineligible. This year, that knocked out of the OCCA running Fun Home, Disgraced and Hand to God, the off-Broadway versions of which were celebrated in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. (Fun Home was last year's OCCA winner for outstanding new Off-Broadway musical.)

There were only three OCCA nominees for outstanding new Broadway play: The Audience, with Helen Mirren; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; and Wolf Hall (the two parts were considered as one). There were, however, five nominees for outstanding new Broadway musical: in addition to Something Rotten, the field was comprised of ballet-centric An American in Paris, the Chita Rivera-vehicle The Visit, Sting's The Last Ship and the recently-debuted It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce.

One notable fact: Scott Ellis received three directing noms, two of the five that recognize outstanding director of a play (for The Elephant Man and You Can't Take It with You) and one of the five for outstanding director of a musical (for On the Twentieth Century).

The outstanding new Off-Broadway musical field included, as was entirely expected, the phenomenon Hamilton, which will soon be headed to Broadway, as well as A Christmas Memory, Disenchanted, The Fortress of Solitude and Lonesome Traveler. The outstanding new off-Broadway play nominees were Between Riverside and Crazy, The city of Conversation, The Nether, Rasheeda Speaking and The Village Bike.

Unlike the Tonys, which considers only Broadway productions, the OCCA considers both Broadway and Off-Broadway contenders in its other categories. Consequently, Something Rotten! will go head-to-head with Hamilton for outstanding book of a musical and outstanding new score, The Audience's Mirren will go up against The Village Bike's Greta Gerwig — and the list goes on.

Here is a complete list of this year's OCCA nominees:

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

The Audience

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Wolf Hall

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

An American in Paris

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Between Riverside and Crazy

The City of Conversation

The Nether

Rasheeda Speaking

The Village Bike

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

A Christmas Memory

Disenchanted

The Fortress of Solitude

Hamilton

Lonesome Traveler

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hamilton

It Shoulda Been You

The Last Ship

Something Rotten!

The Visit


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Elephant Man

Fashions for Men

The Heidi Chronicles

Skylight

You Can’t Take It With You

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Into the Woods

The King and I

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Side Show

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Stephen Daldry    The Audience

Marianne Elliott    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Scott Ellis   The Elephant Man

Scott Ellis    You Can’t Take It With You

Jeremy Herrin    Wolf Hall

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Scott Ellis    On the Twentieth Century

Thomas Kail    Hamilton

Casey Nicholaw    Something Rotten!

David Hyde Pierce    It Shoulda Been You

Christopher Wheeldon    An American in Paris

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Joshua Bergasse   On the Town

Andy Blankenbuehler    Hamilton

Warren Carlyle    On the Twentieth Century

Casey Nicholaw    Something Rotten!

Christopher Wheeldon    An American in Paris

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Bunny Christie    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Bob Crowley    An American in Paris

Scott Pask    Something Rotten!

David Rockwell    On the Twentieth Century

Michael Yeargan    The King and I

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes    Something Rotten!

Bob Crowley    The Audience

William Ivey Long    On the Twentieth Century

Christopher Orem    Wolf Hall

Catherine Zuber    The King and I


OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Paule Constable    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Jeff Croiter     Something Rotten!

Rick Fisher     The Audience

Natasha Katz     An American in Paris

Japhy Weideman    The Visit

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Reed Birney    I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

Bradley Cooper    The Elephant Man

Stephen McKinley Henderson    Between Riverside and Crazy

Ben Miles    Wolf Hall

Alex Sharp    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Greta Gerwig     The Village Bike

Jan Maxwell    The City of Conversation

Helen Mirren    The Audience

Elisabeth Moss    The Heidi Chronicles

Tonya Pinkins    Rasheeda Speaking

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Christian Borle    Something Rotten!

Brian d’Arcy James    Something Rotten!

Robert Fairchild    An American in Paris

Peter Gallagher    On the Twentieth Century

Tony Yazbeck    On the Town

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kristin Chenoweth    On the Twentieth Century

Leanne Cope    An American in Paris

Tyne Daly    It Shoulda Been You

Kelli O’Hara    The King and I

Chita Rivera    The Visit

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Paul Jesson     Wolf Hall

Richard McCabe   The Audience

Alessandro Nivola   The Elephant Man

Nathaniel Parker    Wolf Hall

Bryce Pinkham     The Heidi Chronicles   

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Annaleigh Ashford   You Can’t Take It With You

Patricia Clarkson   The Elephant Man

Francesca Faridany   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Julie Halston   You Can’t Take It With You

Lydia Leonard   Wolf Hall

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Cariani   Something Rotten!

Josh Grisetti   It Shoulda Been You

Andy Karl   On the Twentieth Century

Paul Alexander Nolan   Doctor Zhivago

Max von Essen   An American in Paris

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Heidi Blickenstaff   Something Rotten!

Victoria Clark   Gigi

Megan Fairchild   On the Town

Ruthie Ann Miles    The King and I  

Mary Louise Wilson   On the Twentieth Century

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Joe Assadourian     The Bullpen

Jim Dale    Just Jim Dale

Tom Dugan    Wiesenthal

Cush Jumbo    Josephine and I

Benjamin Scheuer    The Lion

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Ayad Akhtar     The Invisible Hand

Halley Feiffer     I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

Elizabeth Irwin     My Mañana Comes

Markus Potter     Stalking the Bogeyman

Benjamin Scheuer     The Lion

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