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‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Tops Outer Critics List

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has charmed the members of the Outer Critics Circle, winning four of the group’s 64th annual awards including Best Broadway Musical, Actor in a Musical (Jefferson Mays playing all eight of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family), Book of a Musical, and Director of a Musical. Bullets Over Broadway and The Glass Menagerie won three each, while All the Way took two awards including Best Broadway Play and Best Actor in a Play (Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon Baines Johnson).


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway (Photo: Joan Marcus)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was the big winner for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Gentleman’s Guide had received the most nominations from the OCC with 11. This big win, along with its 12 nominations from the Drama Desk and 10 citations from the Tonys, propels the show into frontrunner status for the Tonys to be presented on June 8.

There will also be a special achievement award presented to animal trainer Bill Bertoni whose dogs appeared in many productions this season including Bullets Over Broadway and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

The OCC Awards will be presented at a ceremony at Sardi’s Restaurant on May 22. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway. Unlike the Tonys, the OCC awards include Broadway and Off-Broadway, with separate categories for Outstanding New Play and Musical. In all other categories, there are nominees from both Off and on Broadway.

Here is a complete list of the winners.

Outstanding New Broadway Play
All the Way

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
The Explorer’s Club

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Fun Home

Outstanding Book of A Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Outstanding Revival of A Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (tie)
Andrea Martin, Act One
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Marin Mazzie, Bullets Over Broadway  

Outstanding Solo Performance
John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf

Outstanding Director of a Play
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Outstanding Choreographer
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)
Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Gassner Award (three-way tie)
This award is presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright
Eric Dufault, Year of the Rooster
Madeleine George, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
Steven Levenson, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin

Special Achievement Award
Bill Berloni of Bill Berloni Theatrical Animals in recognition of this season’s outstanding performances by his dogs in Annie, The Open House, The Threepenny Opera, Bullets Over Broadway and Lady Day as well as for the 300 dogs he has found in homeless shelters and made into theater stars over his illustrious career.

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