"Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop show about the founding fathers won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award Monday for best musical of the 2014-15. The show, which ended its celebrated run at the Public Theater Sunday, opens on Broadway Aug. 6.
Best play went to Stephen Adly Guirgis' "Between Riverside and Crazy," which won the Pulitzer Prize last month. The serious comedy ran Off-Broadway last summer and reopened at Second Stage earlier this year. The critics voted not to give an award to a foreign play, an option when the top prize goes to an American.
A special citation was given to Bob Crowley for "distinguished achievement in scenic and costume design." His work is currently seen in "An American in Paris," "The Audience" and "Skylight."
Another special citation went to Off-Broadway's Ars Nova "for sustained quality and commitment to the development of new work."
The Critics Circle comprises 23 critics from newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites in the tri-state area. Awards will be presented May 19 at a private ceremony.