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'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Slays the Competition in the Outer Critics Awards Nominations

Gordon Cox

Variety

3:29 PM EDT, April 22, 2014

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"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" led the pack of 2013-14 nominations from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, nabbing 11 nods and placing it ahead of a list of competitors that includes Disney Theatrical Prods.' "Aladdin" (eight noms), Off Broadway's "Fun Home" (seven) and Rialto contender "Rocky" (six).

As the Broadway season has developed, "Gentleman's Guide" -- a comic tuner about a murder spree that opened in the fall -- has become increasingly likely to take one of the hotly contested nominations slots at the Tony Awards. The show earned some of the strongest reviews of the season, although it has struggled to build significant box office momentum.

"Gentleman's Guide" also scored noms for score, book and direction as well as competing lead actor nods for the show's two stars, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.

In the new Broadway tuner category, "Gentleman's Guide" competes with "After Midnight," "Aladdin," "Beautiful" and "Rocky." The Rialto competish for new plays includes "Act One," Bryan Cranston starrer "All the Way," "Casa Valentina," Debra Messing outing "Outside Mullingar" and Michael C. Hall-Toni Collette starrer "The Realistic Joneses."

Given the unusually large crowd of stars who landed on Broadway this season, it's no surprise that acting nominations are peppered with famous names, including Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), Ian McKellen ("No Man's Land") and Michelle Williams ("Cabaret").

The musical actress category, in which Williams competes, turned out to be the diva smackdown many expect to be repeated for the Tonys, with Sutton Foster ("Violet"), Audra McDonald ("Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"), Jessie Mueller ("Beautiful") and Kelli O'Hara ("The Bridges of Madison County") also vying for the award. Notably absent from the list is Idina Menzel, the much-praised lead of "If/Then."

The Outer Critics nominations list, voted on by theater journos for media outlets based outside New York, can sometimes prove something of a left-field list when held up against the roster of shows that go on to score Tony love. Like all pre-Tonys kudos, it serves as an unreliable bellwether for clues to the upcoming Tony race.

The Outer Critics Awards ceremony is set for May 22 at Sardi's.

And the nominees are:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

Act One

All the Way

Casa Valentina

Outside Mullingar

The Realistic Joneses

 

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

After Midnight

Aladdin

Beautiful

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Appropriate

Choir Boy

The Explorer's Club

The Heir Apparent

Stage Kiss

 

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

Far From Heaven

Fun Home

Murder For Two

Storyville

What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Fun Home

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Rocky

 

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Aladdin

The Bridges of Madison County

Fun Home

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

If / Then

 
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Glass Menagerie

Machinal

Twelfth Night

The Winslow Boy

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Cabaret

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Les Misérables

Violet

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Tim Carroll Twelfth Night

Michael Grandage The Cripple of Inishmaan

Lindsay Posner The Winslow Boy

Bill Rauch All the Way

Lyndsey Turner Machinal

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Warren Carlyle After Midnight

Laurence Connor & James Powell Les Misérables

Sam Gold Fun Home

Alex Timbers Rocky

Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER

Warren Carlyle After Midnight

Peggy Hickey A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine Rocky

Casey Nicholaw Aladdin

Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Christopher Barreca Rocky

Beowulf Boritt Act One

Bob Crowley Aladdin

Es Devlin Machinal

Alexander Dodge A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

(Play or Musical)

Gregg Barnes Aladdin

Linda Cho A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

William Ivey Long Bullets Over Broadway

Jenny Tiramani Twelfth Night

Isabel Toledo After Midnight

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Howell Binkley After Midnight

Paule Constable Les Misérables

Natasha Katz Aladdin

Philip S. Rosenberg A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Bryan Cranston All the Way

Ian McKellen No Man's Land

Brían F. O'Byrne Outside Mullingar

Mark Rylance Twelfth Night

Tony Shaloub Act One

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Tyne Daly Mothers and Sons

Rebecca Hall Machinal

Jessica Hecht Stage Kiss

Cherry Jones The Glass Menagerie

Estelle Parsons The Velocity of Autumn

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Michael Cerveris Fun Home

Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Andy Karl Rocky

Jefferson Mays A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Bryce Pinkham A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Sutton Foster Violet

Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Jessie Mueller Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Kelli O'Hara The Bridges of Madison County

Michelle Williams Cabaret

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Paul Chahidi Twelfth Night

Michael Cyril Creighton Stage Kiss

John McMartin All the Way

Alessandro Nivola The Winslow Boy

Brian J. Smith The Glass Menagerie

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Barbara Barrie I Remember Mama

Andrea Martin Act One

Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun

Anika Noni Rose A Raisin in the Sun

Mare Winningham Casa Valentina

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein Cabaret

Nick Cordero Bullets Over Broadway

Joshua Henry Violet

James Monroe Iglehart Aladdin

Jarrod Specter Beautiful The Carole King Musical

 

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Judy Kuhn Fun Home

Anika Larsen Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Sydney Lucas Fun Home

Marin Mazzie Bullets Over Broadway

Lisa O'Hare A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

 

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE

Jim Brochu Character Man

Debra Jo Rupp Becoming Dr. Ruth

Ruben Santiago-Hudson How I Learned What I Learned

Alexandra Silber Arlington

John Douglas Thompson Satchmo at the Waldorf

 

JOHN GASSNER AWARD

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

Scott Z. Burns The Library

Eric Dufault Year of the Rooster

Madeleine George The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence

Steven Levenson The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin

Lauren Yee The Hatmaker's Wife

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