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New York Drama Critics: 'Fun Home' is best musical, 'All the Way' is best American play

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in in

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in in "All the Way." Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

"Fun Home," the coming-of-age gay musical by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron that had an extended run at the Public Theater, has won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical of the 2013-14 season. Best play went to Conor McPherson's "The Night Alive," which ran Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Since the top play award went to a foreign playwright (McPherson is Irish), the critics also chose the option of voting a best American play. That went to Robert Schenkkan's "All the Way," which stars Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway and just received Tony nominations for both the play and the star.

Special citations were given to the Shakespeare's Globe all-male productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III," and to playwright-director Richard Nelson's four-play sociopolitical dramas, "The Apple Family Plays," which also ran at the Public. The Critics Circle comprises 22 critics from newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites in the tri-state area. Awards will be presented May 16 at a private ceremony.

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