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