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Tony Award Nominations – Kinky Boots Leads

Per the LA Times:

And the nominees are…

Best Play
“The Assembled Parties” by Richard Greenberg
“Lucky Guy” by Nora Ephron
“The Testament of Mary” by Colm Toibin
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang

Best Musical
“Bring It On, The Musical”
“A Christmas Story, The Musical”
“Kinky Boots, The Musical”
“Matilda, The Musical”

Best book of a musical
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” Joseph Robinette
“Kinky Boots” Harvey Fierstein
“Matilda, The Musical” Dennis Kelly
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” Douglas Carter Beane

Best Revival of a Play
“Golden Boy” Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten
“Orphans”
“The Trip to Bountiful”
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Best Revival of a Musical
“Annie”
‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’
“Pippin”
“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Hands on a Hardbody” Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green
“Kinky Boots” Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
“Matilda The Musical” Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tom Hanks, “Lucky Guy”
Nathan Lane, “The Nance”
Tracy Letts, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
David Hyde Pierce, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Tom Sturridge “Orphans”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton , “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Kristine Nielsen, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Holland Taylor, “Ann”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Bertie Carvel, “Matilda, The Musical”
Santino Fontana, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Rob McClure, “Chaplin”
Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots”
Stark Sands, “Kinky Boots”
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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Carolee Carmello, “Scandalous”
Valisia LeKae, “Motown The Musical”
Patina Miller, “Pippin”
Laura Osnes, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Danny Burstein, “Golden Boy”
Richard Kind, “The Big Knife”
Billy Magnussen, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Tony Shalhoub, “Golden Boy”
Courtney B. Vance, “Lucky Guy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Carrie Coon, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Shalita Grant, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Judith Ivey, “The Heiress”
Judith Light, “The Assembled Parties”
Condola Rashad, “The Trip to Bountiful”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Charl Brown, “Motown, The Musical”
Keith Carradine, “Hands on a Hardbody”
Will Chase, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Gabriel Ebert, “Matilda The Musical”
Terrence Mann, “Pippin”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, “Kinky Boots”
Victoria Clark, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Andrea Martin, “Pippin”
Keala Settle, “Hands on a Hardbody”
Lauren Ward, “Matilda, The Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, “The Nance”
Santo Loquasto, “The Assembled Parties”
David Rockwell, “Lucky Guy”
Michael Yeargan, “Golden Boy”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, “Matilda, The Musical”
Anna Louizos, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Scott Pask, “Pippin”
David Rockwell, “Kinky Boots”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Soutra Gilmour, “Cyrano de Bergerac”
Ann Roth, “The Nance”
Albert Wolsky, “The Heiress”
Catherine Zuber, “Golden Boy”

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, “Kinky Boots
Rob Howell, “Matilda, The Musical”
Dominique Lemieux, “Pippin”
William Ivey Long, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, “Lucky Guy”
Donald Holder, “Golden Boy”
Jennifer Tipton, “The Testament of Mary”
Japhy Weideman, “The Nance”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kenneth Posner, “Kinky Boots”
Kenneth Posner, “Pippin”
Kenneth Posner, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Hugh Vanstone, “Matilda The Musical”

Best Sound Design of a Play
John Gromada, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Mel Mercier, “The Testament of Mary”
Leon Rothenberg, “The Nance”
Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, “Golden Boy”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, “Pippin”
Peter Hylenski, “Motown The Musical”
John Shivers, “Kinky Boots”
Nevin Steinberg, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Nicholas Martin, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Bartlett Sher, “Golden Boy”
George C. Wolfe, “Lucky Guy”

Best Direction of a Musical
Scott Ellis, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots”
Diane Paulus, “Pippin”
Matthew Warchus, “Matilda, The Musical”

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bring It On: The Musical”
Peter Darling, “Matilda, The Musical”
Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots”
Chet Walker, “Pippin”

Best Orchestrations
Chris Nightingale, “Matilda, The Musical”
Stephen Oremus, “Kinky Boots”
Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, “Motown The Musical”
Danny Troob, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Bernard Gersten
Paul Libin
Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Career Transition For Dancers
William Craver
Peter Lawrence
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia
Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Tony Nominations by Production
“Kinky Boots” – 13
“Matilda The Musical”- 12
“Pippin” – 10
“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” – 9
“Golden Boy” – 8
“Lucky Guy” – 6
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” – 6
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” – 5
“The Nance” – 5
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – 5
“Motown The Musical” – 4
“The Trip to Bountiful” – 4
“The Assembled Parties” – 3
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” – 3
“Hands on a Hardbody” – 3
“The Testament of Mary” – 3
“Bring It On: The Musical” – 2
“The Heiress” – 2
“Orphans” – 2
“Ann” – 1
“Annie” – 1
“The Big Knife” – 1
“Chaplin” – 1
“Cyrano de Bergerac” – 1
“The Other Place” – 1
“Scandalous” – 1

13 Comments on this Post

  1. rufussondheim

    It looks like the era of Sondheim is officially over.

    It’s a shame the four nominated new musicals all have to point out that they are musicals in their title, less we confuse them with the movie. It’s a shame to see what was once a very vibrant source of American Art be reduced to activities one does after eating at Applebee’s on Times Square.

  2. It’s a shame the four nominated new musicals all have to point out that they are musicals in their title

    You’re not excited about Rocky, The Musical?

    :-/

  3. Sigourney Weaver and Bette Midler not nominated are shockers. Fiona Shaw was also a contender and the lack of nominations for her play that the producers seemed to hinge on has now led to the show closing this Sunday.

    The Heiress production left some purists in the cold though Jessica Chastain earned some goodwill having that production recoup largely thanks to her rising star (though again there was some weird reaction to her almost based on the fact she was this rising film actress).

    The Tonys and the community seem to oscillate back and forth on whether or not they like actors not largely known for their stage work getting nominated or not. Like the moment ScarJo and Denzel won for plays in addition to Cartherine Zeta-Jones in a musical in the same year there seemed to be an inner-backlash.

  4. matthewpd

    I will say that Matilda has much more in common with the book than the film.

  5. At the moment, I think, yes, the pendulum has swung back to theater-centric performers and performances. God forbid they should give an award for QUALITY. But this time, I think they’re TRYING to. Although not nominating Bette is a shockeroo as Tom O would, and probably is, saying, at exactly this moment.

    Can’t believe that “Testament of Mary” is closing because of the snub. Before I even have a chance to see it!

    This has not been a great season. “Matilda” was beyond the beyond brilliant. But other than that…Although I hear great things
    about “Pippin” which oddly enough, I have never seen.

    This has been a sub-par season. I know, cuz I’ve had to see
    just about everything there is to see on Bway this year.

    I’m thoroughly worn out as opposed to exhilarated, which is
    what you should be.

    But BACK TO THE MOVIES!

  6. SallyinChicago

    Rocky the musical….what a hoot! I don’t want to be snarky, but when Stallone is “gone”….who is going to carry on the franchise, since he’s had several family deaths recently….who will carry on with Rocky?

    I was reading critics about Motown the Musical and they suggested to Berry Gordy that he bring in a dramaturg and do pre-Broadway. Well, it looks like the critics were right…MTM is practically shut out of the awards.
    Kinky Boots (the failed movie)….I remember seeing this movie and being absolutely charmed….
    Next prediction for a musical from a movie — the Sapphires! I can see Weinstein gearing up for it right now.

  7. SallyinChicago

    One thing I like about NY and Broadway – they are purists….they KNOW good acting.

  8. SallyinChicago

    @ Steven — when you say this has not been a great season, do you mean $$ wise, or do you quality of play-wise? I live in Chicago and the plays either pre-open here (Kinky boots) or get here shortly after opening/closing on Broadway.

  9. Valerie

    Outside of Bette Midler, these nominations seem on par. It’s not been a great or poor season, but pretty average IMO. The way of the Broadway musical is just sad to me. But it is what it is.

    As for the acting nominees, outside of Midler who was snubbed. I’m not sure about Weaver. And Chastain’s performance got mixed reviews. Giving her a nomination for the fact her Oscar nom helped her play at the box office is the equivalent to giving Tom Cruise nominations because his name draws people to films regardless of his performance. The 5 best actress nominees are all deserved. I have a soft spot for Neilsen but this is Tyson’s award to lose.Being trained at Julliard doesn’t make someone a stage actor or actress. Doing and building theatre work does. Chastain has done nothing noteworthy on stage and I’m glad the Tony’s at least don’t seem to be bought off by that.

    Lucky Guy is a good play, not great, and Hanks is a good actor and did an admirable job, but Tony worthy, hmm not sure. Sturridge is much more deserving IMO. I’m glad he got the nod and not Jim Parsons who some predicted.

  10. There is certainly a purity in acting in a live theater but what passes for the snobbishness especially in this environment of theater is a turn-off. The theater has turned themselves over to the tourist fare in the musical but heaven forbid an Oscar-winner like Denzel do Shakespeare or August Wilson with a group of people suddenly thinking his acting should be re-evaluated over whether or not he is worthy of such work.

  11. So did you see Chastain in The Heiress or did you not? I did. To me, I got her interpretation of the character but thought the play suffered in everybody in that play seemingly having a certain interpretation of their character they wanted to show (except the unremarkable Dan Stevens), but I blame that on loose direction. Still the final moments were effective and haunting for me. And that was not her stage debut a la the infamous Julia Roberts play. She was in Salome and Othello in New York years before when she had very little movie/TV credits.

    I am not somebody who wants the movie actors taking over the play roles, I loved Virginia Woolf with Letts and Morton (who really should be in the August: Osage County movie). I just made note that the Tonys seem to oscillate on generalizing if they like or dislike the presence of people largely more known for movies in their field. Not saying they should be shamelessly on their hands and knees like the Emmys (Maggie Smith has Christina Hendricks’ Emmy and I am still steamed about that) but the Tonys have much more chip on their should because of how specific and regional they are that is pretty transparent that they are struggling with how to show themselves to the rest of the country.

    And Tonys cannot be bought off? Ha! Not with Scott Rudin as a Broadway producer

  12. Well, quantity-wise for sure. There are less shows than ever, it seems. And quality-wise, too. “Matilda” was superb, as I have said. I see “Pippin” tomorrow night and Bette on Monday. Hoping they’re both as great as has been touted.

    Box-office-wise? Well, the tickets are more expensive than ever! Who can afford those insane prices? Since I’m press, I get comps. Otherwise I couldn’t afford to go. No way.

    Disappointing all around, I have to say. Last year was waaaaay better.

  13. Edkargir

    Letts deserved the Tony. Hanks was just ok not a great performance.

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