‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘War Horse’ win Outer Critics Circle Awards

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‘The Book of Mormon’ won in four of the six Outer Critics Circle Awards categories it received nominations in, including best musical, best actor (Josh Gad), direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and music score.

‘War Horse’ won best play over two of its rivals for the Tony Award -- ‘Good People’ and ‘The Mother... with the Hat’ -- plus two other OCC prizes: best direction (Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris) and lighting design. ‘War Horse’ also received a special achievement award for its puppetry.

The Outer Critics Circle Awards are bestowed by 90 journalists at newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and other media outlets situated beyond New York City. Historically, they’ve proven to be shrewd harbingers of what will win Tonys.


‘Sister Act’ led with the most nominations -- nine -- but won nothing. Also skunked: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ which lost all five of its bouts.

Other winners:

Best Play Revival: ‘The Normal Heart’
Best Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, ‘Jerusalem’
Best Actress in a Play (tie): Frances McDormand, ‘Good People’; Nina Aridana (‘Born Yesterday’)
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Brian Bedford, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Elizabeth Rodriguez, ‘The Mother… with the Hat’

Best Musical Revival: ‘Anything Goes’
Best Actress in a Musical: Sutton Foster, ‘Anything Goes’
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Adam Godley, ‘Anything Goes’
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Laura Benanti, ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’
Best Choreography: ‘Anything Goes’
Best Costumes: ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’

-- Tom O’Neil