Cyndi Lauper, David Byrne, Trey Anastasio, Bette Midler, Motown: The Musical Nominated For Broadway's Outer Circle Awards

The first nominations of the Broadway awards season were named on Monday with the Outer Circle Awards. The Outer Circle includes not only Broadway shows but also those that are playing Off-Broadway, making them a bit tougher to get a nomination because of the larger field.

Cyndi Lauper is up for Outstanding New Score for the show Kinky Boots while the show itself is also up for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Book (Harvey Fierstein), Director (Jerry Mitchell), Choreographer (Jerry Mitchell), Costume Designer (Gregg Barnes), Actor (Billy Porter), Featured Actor (Daniel Stewart Sherman) and Featured Actress (Annaleigh Ashford).

Lauper is up against David Byrne for his musical Here Lies Love, which he wrote with Fatboy Slim and is currently playing Off-Broadway. The show is also up for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Director (Alex Timbers) and Set Design (David Korins).

The category also has a nomination from a third veteran artists, Trey Anastasio of Phish, whose Hands on a Hardbody is in the process of closing after a short run. Even without box office success, the show is also nominated for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Featured Actress in a Musical (Keala Settle).

The three veterans are up against the Off-Broadway show Dogfight and the now closed Chaplin: The Musical.

Bette Midler is nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers while the just opened Motown: the Musical received two acting nods, Actress in a Musical (Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross) and Featured Actor in a Musical (Raymond Luke as a young Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Barry Gordy).

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