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'Billy' Dances Inside the Outer Circle

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'Billy' Dances Inside the Outer Circle
Billy Elliot continues to dominate the New York theatre award season, taking seven prizes from the Outer Critics Circle including outstanding Broadway musical. The organization of reviewers for out-of-town and national publications announced winners for its 59th annual awards covering on and Off-Broadway on May 11. Billy Elliot also won a special achievement award for the three young boys who alternate in the title role, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish. The show has also been named best musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle and is nominated for 15 Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards. The Outer Critics Awards will be presented on May 21 at Sardi's Restaurant.

The circle's choice for outstanding Off-Broadway musical is The Toxic Avenger, a campy parody of the low-budget cult film. Outstanding play victors are God of Carnage on Broadway and Ruined Off-Broadway. All of the OCC's other categories include both on and Off-Broadway. Voting for outstanding actress in a musical resulted in a tie between Sutton Foster of Shrek the Musical and Josefina Scaglione of West Side Story.

A complete list of winners and nominees follows:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

*God of Carnage

Irena's Vow

Reasons To Be Pretty

33 Variations

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

*Billy Elliot the Musical

Rock of Ages

Shrek the Musical

A Tale of Two Cities

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Becky Shaw

Farragut North

*Ruined

Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)

Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Happiness

Rooms A Rock Romance

* The Toxic Avenger

What's That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

* Billy Elliot the Musical

Happiness

Rooms  A Rock Romance

Shrek the Musical

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Blithe Spirit

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

* The Norman Conquests

Waiting for Godot

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Enter Laughing

* Hair

Pal Joey

West Side Story

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Garry Hynes The Cripple of Inishmaan

Anthony Page Waiting for Godot

Bartlett Sher Joe Turner's Come and Gone

* Matthew Warchus The Norman Conquests

Moisés Kaufman 33 Variations

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

* Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical

Arthur Laurents West Side Story

Jason Moore Shrek the Musical

Diane Paulus Hair

Susan Stroman Happiness

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Karole Armitage Hair

Andy Blankenbuehler 9 to 5

* Peter Darling Billy Elliot the Musical

Josh Prince Shrek the Musical

Susan Stroman Happiness

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

* Tim Hatley Shrek the Musical

Santo Loquasto Waiting for Godot

Derek McLane 33 Variations

Ian MacNeil Billy Elliot the Musical

Walt Spangler Desire Under the Elms

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Nicky Gillibrand Billy Elliot the Musical

* Tim Hatley Shrek the Musical

John Napier Equus

Martin Pakledinaz Blithe Spirit

Catherine Zuber Joe Turner's Come and Gone

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Kevin Adams Hair

* Rick Fisher Billy Elliot the Musical

David Hersey Equus

Peter Kaczorowski Ruined

David Lander 33 Variations

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Raúl Esparza Speed-the-Plow

Bill Irwin Waiting for Godot

Nathan Lane Waiting for Godot

 * Geoffrey Rush Exit the King *

Thomas Sadoski Reasons To Be Pretty

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Saidah Arrika Ekulona Ruined

Carla Gugino Desire Under the Elms

* Marcia Gay Harden God of Carnage *

Janet McTeer Mary Stuart

Harriet Walter Mary Stuart

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

James Barbour A Tale of Two Cities

Matt Cavenaugh West Side Story

 * Brian d'Arcy James Shrek the Musical *

Josh Grisetti Enter Laughing

David Pittu What's That SmellThe Music of Jacob Sterling

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (TIE)

* Sutton Foster Shrek the Musical

Megan Hilty 9 to 5

Leslie Kritzer Rooms A Rock Romance

Nancy Opel The Toxic Avenger

* Josefina Scaglione West Side Story

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Zach Grenier 33 Variations

John Benjamin Hickey Mary Stuart

Russell G. Jones Ruined

Patrick Page A Man For All Seasons

* David Pearse The Cripple of Inishmaan

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

* Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit

Andrea Martin Exit the King

Kristine Nielsen Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

Susan Louise O'Connor Blithe Spirit

Condola Rashad Ruined

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Daniel Breaker Shrek the Musical

Aaron Simon Gross 13

 * Gregory Jbara Billy Elliot the Musical *

Christopher Sieber Shrek the Musical

Wesley Taylor Rock of Ages

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kathy Fitzgerald 9 to 5

 * Haydn Gwynne Billy Elliot the Musical *

Karen Olivo West Side Story

Martha Plimpton Pal Joey

Carole Shelley Billy Elliot the Musical

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Mike Birbiglia Sleepwalk With Me

Mike Burstyn Lansky

Mike Daisey If You See Something Say Something

* Lorenzo Pisoni Humor Abuse

Matt Sax Clay

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

* Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter, Amanda Root

Cast of The Norman Conquests *

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Annie Baker Body Awareness

* Gina Gionfriddo Becky Shaw

Beau Willimon     Farragut North

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

* David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish

for their performances in Billy Elliot the Musical *

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