'Dancing at Lughnasa' is Broadway's best

April 28, 1992|By New York Times News Service

New York -- "Dancing at Lughnasa," Brian Friel's play about five unmarried sisters in the Ireland of 1936, won the Outer Critics Circle award yesterday for best Broadway play of the 1991-92 season. "Crazy for You," with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and book by Ken Ludwig, was named outstanding Broadway musical.

Scott McPherson, author of "Marvin's Room," was given the John Gassner Award for an American playwright; his play also won the award for best off-Broadway play. "Song of Singapore" was chosen best off-Broadway musical and also won awards for its book, music and lyrics.

The award for best actor in a play went to Judd Hirsch for "Conversations With My Father." Best actress was Laura Esterman of "Marvin's Room."

Both awards for best performance in a musical went to cast members of "Guys and Dolls": to Nathan Lane, who plays Nathan Detroit, and to Faith Prince, who is Miss Adelaide. Ms. Prince was also cited for her work in the musical "Nick and Nora."

Awards for outstanding acting debuts went to two members of the cast of "Two Trains Running": Larry Fishburne and Cynthia Martells. The outstanding comedy was "Catskills on Broadway."

"The Visit" won for outstanding revival of a play, and "Guys and Dolls" for best revival of a musical. The award for choreography went to Susan Stroman of "Crazy for You." Best design awards were won by "Crazy for You": for scenic design by Robin Wagner, for costumes by William Ivey Long and for lighting by Paul Gallo.

The Outer Critics Circle comprises 68 journalists who cover theater in New York City for out-of-town publications.

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