The Lehman Trilogy Leads 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Six Wins Best Musical; See the Complete List of Winners | Playbill

Awards The Lehman Trilogy Leads 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Six Wins Best Musical; See the Complete List of Winners

Given by writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, the awards honor the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale, and Adrian Lester in <i>The Lehman Trilogy</i>
Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale, and Adrian Lester in The Lehman Trilogy Julieta Cervantes

Winners of the 71st Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced May 17, with Broadway's The Lehman Trilogy becoming the most-recognized production of the season, winning six categories including Outstanding New Broadway Play. SIX: The Musical pulled in three wins, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, but it was Atlantic Theater Company's Broadway-bound Kimberly Akimbo that was the most recognized musical, with four wins including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.

Lehman Trilogy also took Outstanding Actor in a Play (Simon Russell Beale), Director of a Play (Sam Mendes), Lighting Design (Jon Clark), Sound Design (Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey), and Video/Projection Design (Luke Halls). The work is nominated for eight 2022 Tony Awards, the most nominated play of the season.

Along with Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Kimberly Akimbo won Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark), Director of a Musical (Jessica Stone), and Book of a Musical (David Lindsay-Abaire). The work is scheduled to begin previews on Broadway October 12, with an opening night set for November 10 at a Shubert theatre to be announced.

Also winning the major production awards were Manhattan Theatre Club's Prayer for the French Republic (Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play), Atlantic Theater Company's English (John Gassner Award for a new American play), and Broadway's Company and Take Me Out (Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Play, respectively).

Special achievement awards were announced for Johanna Day, David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, all for expertly reprising performances from productions eligible in earlier seasons. Day, Morse, and Parker are currently appearing in the first Broadway production of How I Learned to Drive following their performances in the 1997 original Off-Broadway production, while Santiago-Hudson brought his Lackawanna Blues to the Main Stem earlier this season following its 2001 Off-Broadway premiere.

See the list of winners below. For a full list of nominees, click here.

The Marjorie Gunner Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical
SIX: The Musical

Outstanding New Broadway Play
The Lehman Trilogy

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Prayer for the French Republic

John Gassner Award (presented to a new American play, preferably by a new playwright)
English by Sanaz Toossi

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Company

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Take Me Out

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Jaquel Spivey, A Strange Loop

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Matt Doyle, Company

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Patti LuPone, Company

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy

Outstanding Actress in a Play
LaChanze, Trouble in Mind

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Take Me Out

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Uzo Aduba, Clyde's

Outstanding Solo Performance
Kristina Wong, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

Outstanding Director of a Play
Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon and Rich + Tone Talauega, MJ the Musical

Outstanding Book of a Musical
David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo

Outstanding Score
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, SIX: The Musical

Outstanding Orchestrations
Jason Howland, Paradise Square

Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)
Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Jon Clark, The Lehman Trilogy

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy

Outstanding Video/Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Luke Halls, The Lehman Trilogy

Special Achievement Awards are presented to:
Johanna Day, David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson for reprising their outstanding performances in How I Learned to Drive and Lackawanna Blues two decades later. All had been eligible in previous seasons.

    Outer Critics Circle Commendations are presented to:

    • The Standbys, Understudies, and Swings of the theatrical community who step up to perform, often on hours' notice, to keep their shows running.
    • To the COVID Safety Supervisors, Managers, and Compliance Officers who put themselves in harm's way eight times a week to keep the curtains up.

    Productions with Multiple Wins:
    The Lehman Trilogy – 6
    Kimberly Akimbo - 4
    Company – 3
    How I Learned to Drive
    – 3 (special achievement awards)
    SIX: The Musical
     – 3
    Take Me Out
    - 2

    A Look at The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway

     
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