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2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations Announced

SpongeBob SquarePants, My Fair Lady, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and more top the list of nominees.

2018 Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Norbert Leo Butz and the cast of Broadway's My Fair Lady.
(© Joan Marcus)

The 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were announced this morning by The Band's Visit's Katrina Lenk and Come From Away's Jenn Colella in a ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel. Take a look at the nominees listed below and stay tuned for the winners, to be announced on Monday, May 7.

The Band's Visit was nominated for and received multiple awards from the Outer Critics Circle last season and therefore was not considered this year.

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Outstanding New Broadway Play
The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Escape to Margaritaville
Mean Girls
Prince of Broadway
SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Cost of Living
The Low Road
Mlima's Tale

John Gassner Award
(Presented for an American play preferably by a new playwright)
Amy and the Orphans
Napoli, Brooklyn
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Cruel Intentions
Desperate Measures
Jerry Springer — The Opera
Miss You Like Hell
Woody Sez

Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants
Quiara Allegría Hudes, Miss You Like Hell
Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen
Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
David Friedman and Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Erin McKeown and Quiara Allegría Hudes, Miss You Like Hell

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Angels in America
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Lobby Hero
Three Tall Women

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
My Fair Lady
Once on This Island
Pacific Overtures

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Sean Carvajal, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Gregg Mozgala, Cost of Living
Michael Urie, The Government Inspector

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
Paul Sparks, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo

Outstanding Actress in a Play
MaameYaa Boafo, School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play
Jessica Hecht, Admissions
Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Jamie Brewer, Amy and the Orphans
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Harriet Harris, The Low Road
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women
Mary Testa, The Government Inspector

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
David M. Lutken, Woody Sez
Conor Ryan, Desperate Measures
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Nick Wyman, Desperate Measures
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Erika Henningsen, Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Patti Murin, Frozen

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Kerry Butler, Mean Girls
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Lauren Molina, Desperate Measures
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Emily Skinner, Prince of Broadway

Outstanding Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
Eve Ensler, In the Body of the World
Alison Fraser, Squeamish
John Lithgow, John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
Sharon Washington, Feeding the Dragon

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jo Bonney, Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once on This Island
Bill Castellino, Desperate Measures
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Choreographer
Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Peck, Carousel

Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)
Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho, In the Body of the World
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
Paloma Young, Time and the Conways
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lap Chi Chu, Mlima's Tale
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)
Tim Reid, 1984
Fin Ross, Frozen
Fin Ross, In the Body of the World
Fin Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Fin Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls

Outstanding Sound Design (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin, [Porto]
Fitz Patton, Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg, My Fair Lady
Darron L. West, Mlima's Tale

Outstanding Orchestrations (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Jason Robert Brown, Prince of Broadway
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, Once on This Island
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel
Claire van Kampen, Farinelli and the King