THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Wins Big at 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards
The winners of the 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards have been revealed, with The Lehman Trilogy winning 6 accolades including Outstanding New Broadway Play, Director of a Play for Sam Mendes and Actor in a Play for Simon Russell Beale.
Following closely with 4 wins was Kimberly Akimbowhich scored Best New Off-Broadway Musical, Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark), Book of a Musical (David Lindsay-Abaire) and Director of a Musical (Jessica Stone).
Elsewhere, the Marjorie Gunner Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical went to Six; the musical, which reframes the tale of Henry VIII’s wives as an extravagant pop concert, also won Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss the award for best music. Other music-related wins included Jason Howland’s orchestrations for Paradise Square.
The John Gassner Prize for a New American Play went to Sanaz Toossi for English while Company and take me out won for the revival of a musical and a play, respectively. Patti LuPone and Matt Doyle won in the featured performance category for their work in the former while Jesse Tyler Ferguson did the same with the latter.
A number of well-known favorites have also won awards for their performances this season with LaChanze (mind problem), Jaquel Spivey (A strange loop), Uzo Aduba (Clyde’s) and Kristina Wong (Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord) all in the lead.
Among the design team’s winners are Adam Rigg’s set design for The skin of our teeth and Gabriella Slade’s costumes for Six. The Lehman Trilogy brought home sound, lighting and video/projection design.
As previously announced, How I learned to drive stars Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse and Johanna Day, as well as Lackawanna Blues star Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will receive special honors to mark their return to the roles they originated Off-Broadway more than 20 years ago. Kudos will also be given to substitutes, understudy and swings, and COVID-19 security guards.
Returning to an in-person ceremony after the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the 2020 honors to a digital format, this year’s honorees will be honored May 26 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. at Lincoln Center.