April 20, 2009

‘Carnage,’ ‘Elliot’ up for OCC awards

The Outer Critics Circle has nominated God of Carnage, Irena's Vow, Reasons to Be Pretty and 33 Variations for its outstanding new Broadway play prize.

The nominees in the new Broadway musical category are Billy Elliot the Musical, Rock of Ages, Shrek the Musical and A Tale of Two Cities.

In the running for outstanding new off-Broadway play are Becky Shaw, Farragut North, Ruined,

Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself,) and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

Shortlisted for outstanding new off-Broadway musical are Happiness, Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Toxic Avenger and What's That Smell? The Music of Jacob Sterling.

Nominated for outstanding revival of a play are Blithe Spirit, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Norman Conquests and Waiting for Godot.

Enter Laughing, Hair, Pal Joey and West Side Story are vying for the outstanding revival of a musical title.

The nominees for outstanding actor in a play are Raul Esparza for Speed-the-Plow, Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane for Waiting for Godot, Geoffrey Rush for Exit the King and Thomas Sadoski for Reasons To Be Pretty.

Named in the outstanding actress in a play category are Saidah Arrika Ekulona for Ruined, Carla Gugino for Desire Under the Elms, Marcia Gay Harden for God of Carnage, and Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter for Mary Stuart.

Up for actor in a musical are James Barbour from A Tale of Two Cities, Matt Cavenaugh from West Side Story, Brian d'Arcy James from Shrek, Josh Grisetti from Enter Laughing and David Pittu from What's That Smell?

The short list for outstanding actress in a musical are Sutton Foster from Shrek, Megan Hilty from 9 to 5, Leslie Kritzer from Rooms, Nancy Opel from The Toxic Avenger and Josefina Scaglione from West Side Story.