May 11, 2009

‘Elliot’ cleans up at Outer Critics awards

Billy Elliot the Musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new Broadway musical Monday.

The show about a young boy from a working-class community who pursues a dance career against all odds also won the prizes for outstanding new score, choreography, lighting design, director of a musical for Stephen Daldry, featured actress in a musical for Haydn Gwynne and featured actor in a musical for Gregory Jbara.

Hair garnered the outstanding revival of a musical honor and The Toxic Avenger the prize for outstanding new off-Broadway musical.

Shrek the Musical star Brian d'Arcy James took home the trophy for outstanding actor in a musical while co-star Sutton Foster shared the outstanding actress in a musical title with Josefina Scaglione of West Side Story.

Shrek also earned the gongs for outstanding costume and set design.