One Man, Two Guvnors secures triple win at US awards

Judd Hollander

The National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors was a big winner at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, picking up three prizes.

Guvnors picked up awards for outstanding new broadway play, outstanding direction of a play (Nicholas Hytner) and outstanding actor in a play (James Corden).

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 24 at Sardi’s Restaurant, located in the heart of Broadway theatre district.

The only other show to take home as many as three awards was the musical Once, based on the Irish film of the same name. Once won for Outstanding Broadway Musical, as well as for the show’s book by Enda Walsh, and for its direction by John Tiffany.

Tracie Bennett won in the category of outstanding actress for her portrayal of the singer Judy Garland in the Broadway production of End of the Rainbow, the show originally produced at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. The musical Ghost, which also began life in the UK, and which is currently running at the Piccadilly Theatre, received an award for Hugh Vanstone’s lighting.

James Earl Jones, who last appeared on the London stage in Driving Miss Daisy with Vanessa Redgrave, took home supporting actor in a play honors for his work in a revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; while Spencer Kayden was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her role in Don’t Dress For Dinner, the sequel to the farce Boeing-Boeing.

Celebrating its 62nd season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and internationally.

The Outer Critics Circle winners in full are:

Outstanding new Broadway play – One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding new Broadway musical – Once

Outstanding new Off-Broadway play – Sons of the Prophet

Outstanding new Off-Broadway musical – Queen of the Mist

Outstanding book of a musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Once

Outstanding new score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Newsies

Outstanding revival of a play(Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Death of a Salesman

Outstanding revival of a musical(Broadway or Off-Broadway) – Follies

Outstanding director of a play – Nicholas Hytner – One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding director of a musical – John Tiffany – Once

Outstanding choreographer – Christopher Gattelli – Newsies

Outstanding set design (play or musical) – George Tsypin – Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark

Outstanding costume design (play or musical) – Eiko Ishioka – Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark

Outstanding lighting design (play or musical) – Hugh Vanstone – Ghost: The Musical

Outstanding actor in a play – James Corden – One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding actress in a play – Tracie Bennett – End of the Rainbow

Outstanding actor in a musical – Danny Burstein – Follies

Outstanding actress in a musical – Audra McDonald – Porgy and Bess

Outstanding featured actor in a play – James Earl Jones – The Best Man

Outstanding featured actress in a play – Spencer Kayden – Don’t Dress for Dinner

Outstanding featured actor in a musical – Michael McGrath – Nice Work If You Can Get It

Outstanding featured actress in a musical – Judy Kaye – Nice Work If You Can Get It

Outstanding solo performance – Denis O’Hare – An Iliad

John Gassner Award (presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright) – Jeff Talbott The Submission

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