Connect With Us Connect With Us Newsletter Connect with us
 

NY Drama Critics Circle Picks Best of 2013-14

The Night Alive, All the Way, and Fun Home were named the best of the 2013-14 theater season by the New York Drama Critics Circle in the group’s annual meeting on May 5. The Night Alive, Conor McPherson’s play about lonely drifters in Dublin and presented Off-Broadway by the Atlantic Theatre Company, was chosen as Best Play. Having awarded a work by a British author with their top prize, the group voted All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s efforts to pass Civil Rights legislation now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre, as Best American Play.

 

Bryan Cranston in ‘All the Way’ on Broadway (Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)

‘All the Way’ starring Bryan Cranston won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play (Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva)

Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and featuring book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, was named Best Musical. The show played a limited run at the Public Theater and was also named Outstanding Musical by the Lortel Awards. A Broadway production of the musical is now reportedly in the works. Special NYDCC citations for the Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III and Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays were also awarded.

The voting was held at the group’s 79th annual meeting at the offices of Time Out New York. Adam Feldman, theater critic for Time Out, has served as president since 2005. Competition was very close with both Night Alive and All the Way narrowly achieving victory after four rounds of voting. Domesticated, All the Way, and The Open House were the runners-up for Best Play. Fun Home took the top place for Best Musical on the third round of balloting with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder finishing second and After Midnight taking third.

The awards will be presented on May 16 in a cocktail-party celebration at Studio 54. The award for Best Play includes a cash prize of $2,500 from the estate of Lucille Lortel, the late producer and theater owner.

The Circle is comprised of 22 drama critics writing for newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in New York. First presented in 1935, the NYDCC Awards are the country’s second-oldest theater accolade after the Pulitzer Prize.

Popular Buys

Popular Reads

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

    10 of NYC's Hottest Holiday Shows for 2014

    Read More
  • Macaulay Culkin lives it up at The Plaza in ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ (Photo: 21st Century Fox)

    8 NYC Places Made Famous by Holiday Movies

    Read More
  • Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink

    10 Top Ice Skating Rinks in New York City

    Read More
  • One If By Land, Two If By Sea

    New York City's Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

    Read More
  • Watch: 5 Surprising Secrets of Rockefeller Center

    Read More