1996 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 46th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were presented on May 24, 1996, at New York's venerable Sardi's restaurant. The Outer Critics Circle includes theater writers who review New York theater productions for out-of-town publications.

Outstanding Broadway PlayMaster Class
Outstanding Broadway MusicalVictor/Victoria
Outstanding Revival—PlayInherit the Wind
Outstanding Revival—MusicalThe King and I
Outstanding Off-Broadway Play (Tie)Molly Sweeney
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Outstanding Off-Broadway MusicalRent
Outstanding Performance By an ActorGeorge C. Scott, Inherit the Wind
Outstanding Performance By an ActressZoe Caldwell, Master Class
Outstanding Actor in a MusicalNathan Lane, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Outstanding Actress in a MusicalJulie Andrews, Victor/Victoria
Outstanding Solo PerformancePatti LuPone, Patti LuPone on Broadway
Outstanding Debut of an ActorLou Diamond Phillips, The King and I
Outstanding Debut of an ActressKaren Kay Cody, Master Class
John Gassner Playwriting AwardSteve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Outstanding Director of a PlayLloyd Richards, Seven Guitars
Outstanding Director of a MusicalJerry Zaks, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Outstanding ChoreographySavion Glover, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
Outstanding DesignBrian Thomson, scenic design; Roger Kirk, costume design; Nigel Levings, lighting design, The King and I
Special Achievement AwardsCarol Channing, Hello, Dolly!
Betty Corwin, founder and director, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of the New York Public Library
The cast of Seven Guitars for outstanding ensemble performance

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