Outer Critics Circle says ‘Something Rotten’ is the sweetest smelling show

Image of Brian d'Arcy James as Nick Bottom and the cast of "Something Rotten!" nominated for 12 Outer Critics Circle awards for Broadway and off-Broadway shows, 2015. (Photo:
Brian d’Arcy James as Nick Bottom and the cast of “Something Rotten!” which looks like an outtake  from “Honeymoon in Vegas.”  (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

The Outer Critics Circle folks today revealed their nominees of best of the best on Broadway and off for the 2014-’15 season. Let’s just say “Something Rotten” has come up smelling likes roses with 12 nods … and it hasn’t even opened yet!!  (It opens Wednesday.)

Other high achievers include the revival of “On the Twentieth Century,” which earned nine nominations; the musical “An American in Paris” with eight, and the seemingly ubiquitous “Wolf Hall,” the London import nominated for seven awards (based on a book series and showing each Sunday night on PBS’ current “Masterpiece” series. I like the Tudors, but this is getting to be a bit much).

Winners will be announced May 21 at Sardi’s. Where else?

Founded during the 1949–1950 theater season, the organization consists of theater critics who review for newspapers, national publications, and other media outlets outside of New York City.

Here is the list (I am not going to put each show title in quotes, although the Associated Press style book copy editor in me is cringing at that decision):

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
The Audience
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
An American in Paris
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Between Riverside and Crazy
The City of Conversation
The Nether
Rasheeda Speaking
The Village Bike

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
A Christmas Memory
Disenchanted
The Fortress of Solitude
Hamilton
Lonesome Traveler

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Hamilton
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Hamilton
It Shoulda Been You
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Elephant Man
Fashions for Men
The Heidi Chronicles
Skylight
You Can’t Take It With You

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Into the Woods
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Side Show

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Stephen Daldry    The Audience
Marianne Elliott    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis   The Elephant Man
Scott Ellis    You Can’t Take It With You
Jeremy Herrin    Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Scott Ellis    On the Twentieth Century
Thomas Kail    Hamilton
Casey Nicholaw    Something Rotten!
David Hyde Pierce    It Shoulda Been You
Christopher Wheeldon    An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Joshua Bergasse   On the Town
Andy Blankenbuehler    Hamilton
Warren Carlyle    On the Twentieth Century
Casey Nicholaw    Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon    An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Bunny Christie    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley    An American in Paris
Scott Pask    Something Rotten!
David Rockwell    On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan    The King and I

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gregg Barnes    Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley    The Audience
William Ivey Long    On the Twentieth Century
Christopher Oram    Wolf Hall
Catherine Zuber    The King and I

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Paule Constable    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jeff Croiter     Something Rotten!
Rick Fisher     The Audience
Natasha Katz     An American in Paris
Japhy Weideman    The Visit

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Reed Birney    I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Bradley Cooper    The Elephant Man
Stephen McKinley Henderson    Between Riverside and Crazy
Ben Miles    Wolf Hall
Alex Sharp    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Greta Gerwig     The Village Bike
Jan Maxwell    The City of Conversation
Helen Mirren    The Audience
Elisabeth Moss    The Heidi Chronicles
Tonya Pinkins    Rasheeda Speaking

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Christian Borle    Something Rotten!
Brian d’Arcy James    Something Rotten!
Robert Fairchild    An American in Paris
Peter Gallagher    On the Twentieth Century
Tony Yazbeck    On the Town

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kristin Chenoweth    On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope    An American in Paris
Tyne Daly    It Shoulda Been You
Kelli O’Hara    The King and I
Chita Rivera    The Visit

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Paul Jesson     Wolf Hall
Richard McCabe   The Audience
Alessandro Nivola   The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker    Wolf Hall
Bryce Pinkham     The Heidi Chronicles

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Annaleigh Ashford   You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson   The Elephant Man
Francesca Faridany   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Julie Halston   You Can’t Take It With You
Lydia Leonard   Wolf Hall

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Cariani   Something Rotten!
Josh Grisetti   It Shoulda Been You
Andy Karl   On the Twentieth Century
Paul Alexander Nolan   Doctor Zhivago
Max von Essen   An American in Paris

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Heidi Blickenstaff   Something Rotten!
Victoria Clark   Gigi
Megan Fairchild   On the Town
Ruthie Ann Miles    The King and I
Mary Louise Wilson   On the Twentieth Century

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Joe Assadourian     The Bullpen
Jim Dale    Just Jim Dale
Tom Dugan    Wiesenthal
Cush Jumbo    Josephine and I
Benjamin Scheuer    The Lion

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Ayad Akhtar     The Invisible Hand
Halley Feiffer     I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Elizabeth Irwin     My Mañana Comes
Markus Potter     Stalking the Bogeyman
Benjamin Scheuer     The Lion

Nominations Talley for 3 or more:

Something Rotten! 12; On the Twentieth Century 9; An American in Paris 8; Wolf Hall 7; It Shoulda Been You
6; The Audience 6; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 6; Hamilton 5; The Elephant Man 5; The King and I 5; The Visit 5; On The Town 4; You Can’t Take It With You 4; The Heidi Chronicles 3; The Last Ship 3

***Please note: Disgraced, Fun Home and Hand to God received nominations and or awards from Outer Critics Circle in previous seasons and therefore were not considered for this year.

2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Executive / Nominating Committee
Simon Saltzman (President)
Mario Fratti (Vice-President) Patrick Hoffman (Corresponding Secretary)
Stanley L. Cohen (Treasurer) Glenn Loney (Historian & Member-at-Large)
And Aubrey Reuben & Harry Haun (Members-at-Large)

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