Announcing the 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards Winners
Monochromatic headshots of six dramatists
l to r: James Ijames, Bruce Norris, Amber Ruffin, Scott Wittman, Matthew Lopez, and Marc Shaiman

New York, NY – The Outer Critics Circle has announced the recipients of its 2023 awards, honoring the 2022-23 Broadway and off-Broadway season. An awards ceremony will be held Thursday, May 25 at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

This is the first season of acting categories without gender specifications. The acting categories have also been expanded to honor Off-Broadway performers separately rather than combining them with actors in Broadway productions.

Outstanding New Broadway Musical

& Juliet, book by David West Read, music and lyrics by Max Martin
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, book by Anthony McCarten, music by Neil Diamond, lyrics by various artists
New York, New York, book by David Thompson and Sharon Washington, music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, additional lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kander 
Shucked, book by Robert Horn, music and lyrics by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
WINNERSome Like It Hot, book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman 

Outstanding New Broadway Play 

Good Night, Oscar by Doug Wright
WINNER Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard
Life of Pi, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti based on the novel by Yann Martel
Peter Pan Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
Summer, 1976 by David Auburn

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

The Bedwetter, book by Joshua Harmon and Sarah Silverman, music by Adam Schlesinger, lyrics by Silverman and Schlesinger
Between the Lines, book by Timothy Allen McDonald, music and lyrics by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, based on the novel by Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult
WINNER - The Harder They Come, book by Suzan-Lori Parks, music and lyrics by Jimmy Cliff, additional new songs by Parks
Only Gold, book by Andy Blankenbuehler and Ted Malawer, music and lyrics by Kate Nash
Without You, book by Anthony Rapp, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, David Matos, and Joe Pisapia

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play 

Becomes a Woman by Betty Smith
A Case for the Existence of God by Samuel D. Hunter
Chester Bailey by Joseph Dougherty
WINNER Downstate by Bruce Norris
Letters from Max, a ritual by Sarah Ruhl, based on the book by Ruhl and Max Ritvo

John Gassner Award for New American Play (Preferably by a New Playwright)

Dark Disabled Stories by Ryan J. Haddad
Epiphany by Brian Watkins
WINNER Fat Ham by James Ijames
Wolf Play by Hansol Jung
You Will Get Sick by Noah Diaz

Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
Ohio State Murders by Adrienne Kennedy
WINNER Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
Wedding Band by Alice Childress

Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) 

A Man of No Importance, book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Into the Woods, book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Merrily We Roll Along, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
WINNER Parade, book by Alfred Uhry, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical

Micaela Diamond, Parade
WINNER - J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot
Caroline Innerbichler, Shucked
Colton Ryan, New York, New York
Anna Uzele, New York, New York

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical

Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like It Hot
Julia Lester, Into the Woods
WINNER - Alex Newell, Shucked
NaTasha Yvette Williams, Some Like It Hot
Betsy Wolfe, & Juliet

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play

Hiran Abeysekera, Life of Pi
Jessica Chastain, A Doll's House
Corey Hawkins, Topdog/Underdog
WINNER - Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar
Audra McDonald, Ohio State Murders

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play

Danielle Brooks, The Piano Lesson
Sharon D Clarke, Death of a Salesman
Michael Potts, The Piano Lesson
WINNER - Brandon Uranowitz, Leopoldstadt
David Zayas, Cost of Living

Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play

Ephraim Birney, Chester Bailey
Brittany Bradford, Wedding Band
Marylouise Burke, Epiphany
WINNER - Bill Irwin, Endgame
Emma Pfitzer Price, Becomes a Woman

Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play

Veanne Cox, Wedding Band
Glenn Davis, Downstate
WINNER - K. Todd Freeman, Downstate
Francis Guinan, Downstate
Susanna Guzman, Downstate

Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical

Nicholas Barasch, The Butcher Boy
Callum Francis, Kinky Boots
WINNER - Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Along
Natey Jones, The Harder They Come
Marla Mindelle, Titanique

Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical

Vicki Lewis, Between the Lines
WINNER - Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along
Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Along
A.J. Shively, A Man of No Importance
Mare Winningham, A Man of No Importance

Outstanding Solo Performance

Mike Birbiglia, The Old Man & the Pool
WINNER - Jodie Comer, Prima Facie
Jefferson Mays, A Christmas Carol
Sam Morrison, Sugar Daddy
Anthony Rapp, Without You

 Outstanding New Score

Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel, Between the Lines
Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, Shucked
John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda, New York, New York
Adam Schlesinger and Sarah Silverman, The Bedwetter
WINNER - Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Some Like It Hot

Outstanding Book of a Musical

Tye Blue, Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli, Titanique
WINNER - Robert Horn, Shucked
Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, Some Like It Hot
Suzan-Lori Parks, The Harder They Come
David West Read, & Juliet

Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)

Jason Ardizzone-West, Wedding Band
John Lee Beatty, Epiphany
WINNER - Beowulf Boritt, New York, New York
Mimi Lien, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Simon Scullion, Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Dede Ayite, Topdog/Underdog
WINNER - Gregg Barnes, Some Like It Hot
Brigitte Reiffenstuel, Leopoldstadt
Paloma Young, & Juliet
Donna Zakowska, New York, New York

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

Neil Austin, Leopoldstadt
Ken Billington, New York, New York
Ben Stanton, A Christmas Carol
Natasha Katz, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
WINNER - Tim Lutkin, Life of Pi

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)

John Gromada, Jasper
Kai Harada, New York, New York
Daniel Kluger, Epiphany
André Pluess, Good Night, Oscar
WINNER - Joshua D. Reid, A Christmas Carol

Outstanding Video or Projection Design (Play or Musical)

Christopher Ash and Beowulf Boritt, New York, New York
WINNER - Andrzej Goulding, Life of Pi
Lucy Mackinnon, A Christmas Carol
Isaac Madge, Leopoldstadt
Sven Ortel, Parade

Outstanding Orchestrations

WINNER - Bryan Carter and Charlie Rosen, Some Like It Hot
Sam Davis and Daryl WatersNew York, New York
Jason Howland, Shucked
Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro, & Juliet
Jonathan Tunick, Merrily We Roll Along

Outstanding Director of a Musical

WINNER - Michael Arden, Parade
Maria Friedman, Merrily We Roll Along
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot
Jack O'Brien, Shucked
Susan Stroman, New York, New York

Outstanding Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Only Gold
Edgar Godineaux, The Harder They Come
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot
WINNER - Susan Stroman, New York, New York
Jennifer Weber, & Juliet

Outstanding Director of a Play

Kenny Leon, Topdog/Underdog
Pam MacKinnon, Downstate
WINNER - Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt
Adam Meggido, Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Max Webster, Life of Pi

Special Achievement Award

To B.H. Barry, one of the world's foremost fight directors, in recognition of a distinguished six-decade career capped off with Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater.