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Broadway's 'Sister Act' musical earns 9 Outer Critics nominations


UPI News Service, 04/27/2011 

The Broadway musical "Sister Act" led the field with nine nods when nominations for the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced.

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In addition to Outstanding New Broadway Musical, the stage version of the popular movie comedy is nominated for New Score, Director, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Actress in a Musical for stars Victoria Clark and Patina Miller, and Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical for Chester Gregory and Marla Mindelle.

Nominated for Outstanding New Broadway Play are "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," "Good People," "The Motherf**ker with the Hat" and "War Horse."

In the running for Outstanding New Broadway Musical are "The Book of Mormon," "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," "Sister Act" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

Shortlisted for the Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play trophy are "Blood From a Stone," "Kin," "Other Desert Cities" and "The Other Place."

The nominees for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical are "Freckleface Strawberry," "In Transit," "The Kid" and "Tomorrow Morning."

Competing for the Outstanding Revival of a Play honor are "Born Yesterday," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Merchant of Venice" and "The Normal Heart."

Vying for the statuette for Outstanding Revival of a Musical are "Anything Goes," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Hello Again" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."

The nominees for Outstanding Actor in a Play are Reed Birney for "The Dream of the Burning Boy," Bobby Cannavale for "The Motherf**ker with the Hat," Joe Mantello for "The Normal Heart," Al Pacino for "The Merchant of Venice" and Mark Rylance for "Jerusalem."

Up for the prize for Outstanding Actress in a Play are Nina Arianda for "Born Yesterday," Edie Falco for "The House of Blue Leaves," Judith Light for "Lombardi," Frances McDormand for "Good People" and Laurie Metcalf for "The Other Place."

Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Musical are Norbert Leo Butz for "Catch Me If You Can," Josh Gad for "The Book of Mormon," Daniel Radcliffe for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Tony Sheldon for "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and Aaron Tveit for "Catch Me If You Can."

Vying for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Musical along with Clark and Miller are Sutton Foster for "Anything Goes," Beth Leavel for "Baby It's You!" and Donna Murphy for "The People in the Picture."

"Anything Goes" co-stars Colin Donnell, Adam Godley and John McMartin are competing with Chester Gregory from "Sister Act" and John Larroquette from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" for the award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

The contenders for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical are Laura Benanti and Patti LuPone for "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," Nikki M. James for "The Book of Mormon," Marla Mindelle for "Sister Act" and Laura Osnes for "Anything Goes."

The prizes, which honor the best in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater, are to be handed out at a ceremony May 26 at Sardi's Restaurant in Manhattan.


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