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Outer Critics Circle Nominations: ‘Anastasia,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead the Pack (Full List)

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New musical “Anastasia” and the megaselling revival of “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler took the lead in the nominations for the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards, with Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s “Indecent” at the front of the pack of play nominees. Actors on the nominations list include Midler, Daniel Craig (“Othello”), Allison Janney (“Six Degrees of Separation”), Nathan Lane (“The Front Page”) and “War Paint” leads Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.

“Anastasia” racked up 13 noms, with “Dolly!” taking ten and “Indecent” scoring seven. The Off Broadway musical “The Band’s Visit,” which is hoping for a move to Broadway based on its Off Broadway success, notched seven, as did sleeper-hit musical “Come From Away.”

Made up of journalists who cover Broadway and Off Broadway theater for outlets based outside of New York, the Outer Critics often deviate from the trends and voting patterns that are established in the subsequent weeks of the theater trophy season. That’s usuallyt due to the fact that in many years, the season’s biggest frontrunners aren’t eligible for OCC consideration because they had previously been in the mix in prior seasons for their earlier Off Broadway incarnations.

This year, big titles “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” weren’t considered for that reason; nor was “In Transit.” New elements in Broadway transfers were considered, however, which resulted in three nods in design categories for “Great Comet.”

Despite being an imperfect bellwether for the Tonys, the OCC noms and awards can offer an early glimpse of shows attracting heat, especially beyond the season’s obvious frontrunners, and could also offer insight into what shows will have real legs in the markets beyond New York. The freshly opened “Anastasia,” for instance, has so far flexed impressive muscle at the box office, and looks poised to do good business on the road.

Winners of the 2017 Outer Critics Circles Awards will be announced May 8, with statuettes to be handed out at a May 25 ceremony at Sardi’s. The full list of 2016-17 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations follows.

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Indecent

Oslo

Sweat

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

Anastasia

A Bronx Tale

Come From Away

Groundhog Day

Holiday Inn

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

If I Forget

Incognito

A Life

Linda

Love, Love, Love

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

The Band’s Visit

Hadestown

Himself and Nora

Kid Victory

Spamilton

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

Terrence McNally     Anastasia

Itamar Moses     The Band’s Visit

Chazz Palminteri     A Bronx Tale

Danny Rubin     Groundhog Day

Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens     

Anastasia

Alan Menken & Glenn Slater     

A Bronx Tale

Tim Minchin     

Groundhog Day

Irene Sankoff & David Hein     

Come From Away

David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit

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

The Front Page

Jitney

The Little Foxes

Othello

The Price

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

Finian’s Rainbow

Hello, Dolly!

Miss Saigon

Sunset Boulevard

Sweeney Todd

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Lila Neugebauer     

The Wolves

Jack O’Brien     

The Front Page

Daniel Sullivan     

The Little Foxes

Rebecca Taichman     

Indecent

Kate Whoriskey     Sweat

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Christopher Ashley     

Come From Away

David Cromer     

The Band’s Visit

Darko Tresnjak     

Anastasia

Matthew Warchus     

Groundhog Day

Jerry Zaks     Hello, Dolly!

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Andy Blankenbuehler     

Bandstand

Warren Carlyle     

Hello, Dolly!

Savion Glover     

Shuffle Along

Kelly Devine     

Come From Away

Denis Jones     Holiday Inn

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)

Alexander Dodge     

Anastasia

Nigel Hook     

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mimi Lien     

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Scott Pask     

The Little Foxes

Douglas W. Schmidt     The Front Page

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)

Linda Cho     

Anastasia

Susan Hilferty     

Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto     

Hello, Dolly!

Ann Roth     

Shuffle Along

Catherine Zuber     War Paint

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical) Christopher Akerlind     

Indecent

Donald Holder     

Anastasia

Natasha Katz     

Hello, Dolly!

Bradley King     

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Kenneth Posner     War Paint

  OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN (Play or Musical) Duncan McLean     

Privacy

Jared Mezzocchi     

Vietgone

Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions     

Oslo

Aaron Rhyne     

Anastasia

Tal Yarden     Indecent

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN (Play or Musical) Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin     

The Encounter

Gareth Owen     

Come From Away

Nicholas Pope     

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Matt Stine     

Sweeney Todd

Nevin Steinberg     Bandstand

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS

Doug Besterman     

Anastasia

Larry Blank     

Holiday Inn

Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen     

Bandstand

Larry Hochman     

Hello, Dolly!

Jamshied Sharifi     The Band’s Visit

 OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Daniel Craig     

Othello

Michael Emerson     

Wakey, Wakey

Kevin Kline     

Present Laughter

David Oyelowo     

Othello

David Hyde Pierce     A Life

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Janie Dee     

Linda

Sally Field     

The Glass Menagerie

Allison Janney     

Six Degrees of Separation

Laura Linney     

The Little Foxes

Laurie Metcalf     

A Doll’s House, Part 2

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Christian Borle     

Falsettos

Nick Cordero     

A Bronx Tale

Andy Karl     

Groundhog Day

David Hyde Pierce     

Hello, Dolly!

Tony Shalhoub     The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

C

hristy Altomare     

Anastasia

Christine Ebersole     

War Paint

Katrina Lenk     

The Band’s Visit

Patti LuPone     

War Paint

Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Michael Aronov     

Oslo

Danny DeVito     

The Price

Nathan Lane     

The Front Page

Richard Thomas     

The Little Foxes

Richard Topol     Indecent

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Johanna Day     

Sweat

Jayne Houdyshell     

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Katrina Lenk     

Indecent

Nana Mensah     

Man From Nebraska

Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Bolton     

Anastasia

Jeffry Denman     

Kid Victory

Gavin Creel     

Hello, Dolly!

Shuler Hensley     

Sweet Charity

Andrew Rannells     Falsettos

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kate Baldwin     

Hello, Dolly!

Stephanie J. Block     

Falsettos

Jenn Colella     

Come From Away

Caroline O’Connor     Anastasia  Mary Beth Peil     Anastasia

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Ed Dixon     

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Marin Ireland     

On the Exhale

Sarah Jones     Sell / Buy / Date

Judith Light     

All the Ways to Say I Love You

Simon McBurney     The Encounter

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Jaclyn Backhaus     

Men on Boats

Sarah DeLappe     

The Wolves

Paola Lázaro     

Tell Hector I Miss Him

Qui Nguyen     

Vietgone

Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

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