Dear Broadway and Off Broadway Theatre Friends,
It gives me great pleasure to give you the inside scoop on the winners of the 1st major awards show of the 2015-2016 theater season in New York City. The NY Outer Critics Circle Awards, unlike the Tony Awards, are to recognize the outstanding achievement in Broadway and Off Broadway Theatre. The voters are made up of writers that cover the Broadway and Off Broadway theatre for out of town and national newspapers, magazines, radio and other media types.
This years award for Outstanding Musical went to Bright Star, the new and original show that was written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Bright Star takes place during the 1920's-1940's time period and follows a literary agent who has been searching for the child she gave up in earlier years. I personally saw the show last month and really enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately Bright Star is not selling enough tickets since its opening night and most weeks it fails to cover its operating costs. Lately, though, it has experienced growing demand since being nominated for some Tony Awards. Winning the NY Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical of the season should easily increase sales for the show starting right away.
The Humans, a new play, is another one that I thoroughly enjoyed this season and this show was given the great honor to win the NY Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Play this year. This terrific new show was written by Stephen Karam and is doing fairly well at the box office in terms of ticket sales.
She Loves Me, a romantic comedy about two parfumerie clerks who can't ever seem to get along but are pen pals that don't realize that they're falling in love with each other, has won 4 awards, the most of any show.
Below please enjoy the complete list of 2016 NY Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees (with an * next to the winning show).
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