Harry Potter and the Cursed Child lands 10 Outer Critics Circle nominations


The Outer Critics Circle nominations have finally been announced, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child landing 10 nominations. Find out the details.

The West End production of the Harry Potter continuation story has already seen huge award nominations. That is continuing as the case for the Broadway production. The Outer Critics Circle Awards is just one of the major events for Broadway productions. It’s an honor to be nominated for just one, but Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has landed 10 nominations in total.

While the 10 isn’t the most for the nominations (SpongeBob SquarePants is leading the way in the awards nominations this year with 11 in total), it is an amazing feat. Here’s all you need to know about the nominations and the competition.

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Outstanding New Broadway Play

The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
David Friedman and Peter Kellogg, Desperate Measures
Imogen Heap, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Erin McKeown and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miss You Like Hell
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen

Outstanding Director Of A Play

Jo Bonney, Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Patrick Marber, Travesties
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Choreographer

Camille A. Brown, Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Peck, Carousel

Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)

Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho, In the Body of the World
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos, Once on This Island
Paloma Young, Time and the Conways
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) 

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King
Lap Chi Chu, Mlima’s Tale

Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical) 

Tim Reid, 1984
Finn Ross, Frozen
Finn Ross, In the Body of the World
Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical) 

Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin, [Porto]
Fitz Patton, Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg, My Fair Lady
Darron L. West, Mlima’s Tale

Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn, Hangmen
Nathan Lane, Angels In America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh
Paul Sparks, At Home At The Zoo

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Something to take away from this list is that it’s not just the acting that is being praised. In fact, there’s only one nod for acting in all 10 nominations. While the actors are certainly wonderful, it’s the set design, costumes, music, projections, and so much more that is the focus of the nomination nods. This isn’t surprising with a play like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

One thing that attendees have praised is the special effects. In movies, it’s easy to add in the magic at a later date. Throughout the play, everything needs to look real life. There’s no chance of editing in the effects. It’s all about appearance, timing, and direction. This is a play that certainly deserves these nods.

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The score also receives a nod. It’s an interesting observation that all other nominations in this category have at least two people working on the score together. Imogen Heap has developed the Cursed Child score herself.

The Outer Critics Circle Awards takes place on May 7, where Cursed Child will hopefully pick up many of those nominations as wins.

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