Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Awards Watch: Tony Nominations

The nominations for the 62nd Annual Tony Awards were announced this morning, with lots of surprises among them. And while our favorites Cry-Baby and Xanadu were both nominated for Best Musical, other front-runners like A Catered Affair and Young Frankenstein were shut out in favor of original works In the Heights (which leads the field with 13 nominations) and Passing Strange. The 39 Steps, based on the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, was nominated for Best Play, where it faces tough competition from August: Osage County, Rock 'n' Roll and The Seafarer.

The 39 Steps leads the screen-to-stage nominees with six, followed by four each for Cry-Baby and Xanadu (including a Best Actress nod for Kerry Butler). A Catered Affair and Young Frankenstein did get three nominations each (including nods for actors Tom Wopat and Faith Prince in the former, and Christopher Fitzgerald and Andrea Martin in the latter), while The Little Mermaid netted only two, including a surprise nomination for Best Original Score.

Stephen Sondheim, currently represented on Broadway with the nominated revivals of Gypsy and Sunday in the Park with George, will receive a special Tony Award for "Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre". The Tony Award telecast, which will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 15. For a quick look at the nominations, see the comments section below.

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  1. Nominees for the 62nd Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards follow:

    Best Play:
    August: Osage County
    Rock 'n' Roll
    The Seafarer
    The 39 Steps

    Best Musical:
    Cry-Baby
    In the Heights
    Passing Strange
    Xanadu

    Best Book of a Musical
    Cry-Baby, Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
    In the Heights, Quiara Alegria Hudes
    Passing Strange, Stew
    Xanadu, Douglas Carter Beane

    Best Original Score
    Cry-Baby, Music & Lyrics: David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
    In The Heights, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    The Little Mermaid, Music: Alan Menken and Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
    Passing Strange, Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald Lyrics: Stew

    Best Revival of a Play
    Boeing-Boeing
    The Homecoming
    Les Liaisons Dangereueses
    Mabceth

    Best Revival of a Musical
    Grease
    Gypsy
    Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Sunday in the Park With George

    Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Play
    Ben Daniels, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
    Mark Rylance, Boeing-Boeing
    Rufus Sewell, Rock 'n' Roll
    Patrick Stewart, Macbeth


    Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Play
    Eve Best, The Homecoming
    Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County
    Kate Fleetwood, Macbeth
    S. Epatha Merkerson, Come Back, Little Sheba
    Amy Morton, August: Osage County


    Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical
    Daniel Evans, Sunday in the Park With George
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
    Stew, Passing Strange
    Paulo Szot, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Tom Wopat, A Catered Affair

    Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Musical
    Kerry Butler, Xanadu
    Patti LuPone, Gypsy
    Kelli O'Hara, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Faith Prince, A Catered Affair
    Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park With George

    Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Play
    Bobby Cannavale, Mauritius
    Raúl Esparza, The Homecoming
    Conleth Hill, The Seafarer
    Jim Norton, The Seafarer
    David Pittu, Is He Dead?

    Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Play
    Sinead Cusack, Rock 'n' Roll
    Mary McCormack, Boeing-Boeing
    Laurie Metcalf, November
    Martha Plimpton, Top Girls
    Rondi Reed, August: Osage County

    Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical
    Daniel Breaker, Passing Strange
    Danny Burstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Robin De Jesús, In The Heights
    Christopher Fitzgerald, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
    Boyd Gaines, Gypsy

    Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Musical
    de'Adre Aziza, Passing Strange
    Laura Benanti, Gypsy
    Andrea Martin, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
    Olga Merediz, In The Heights
    Loretta Ables Sayre, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

    Best Direction of a Play
    Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps
    Conor McPherson, The Seafarer
    Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County
    Matthew Warchus, Boeing-Boeing

    Best Direction of a Musical
    Sam Buntrock, Sunday in the Park with George
    Thomas Kail, In The Heights
    Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
    Bartlett Sher, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

    Best Choreography
    Rob Ashford, Cry-Baby
    Andy Blankenbuehler, In The Heights
    Christopher Gattelli, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Dan Knechtges, Xanadu

    Best Orchestrations
    Jason Carr, Sunday in the Park with George
    Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman, In the Heights
    Stew & Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange
    Jonathan Tunick, A Catered Affair

    Best Scenic Design of a Play
    Peter McKintosh, The 39 Steps
    Scott Pask, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Todd Rosenthal, August: Osage County
    Anthony Ward, Macbeth

    Best Scenic Design of a Musical
    David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network, Sunday in the Park with George
    Anna Louizos, In the Heights
    Robin Wagner, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
    Michael Yeargan, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

    Best Costume Design of a Play
    Gregory Gale, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Rob Howell, Boeing-Boeing
    Katrina Lindsay, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Peter McKintosh, The 39 Steps

    Best Costume Design of a Musical
    David Farley, Sunday in the Park with George
    Martin Pakledinaz, Gypsy
    Paul Tazewell, In the Heights
    Catherine Zuber, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

    Best Lighting Design of a Play
    Kevin Adams, The 39 Steps
    Howard Harrison, Macbeth
    Donald Holder, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Ann G. Wrightson, August: Osage County

    Best Lighting Design of a Musical
    Ken Billington, Sunday in the Park with George
    Howell Binkley, In the Heights
    Donald Holder, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Natasha Katz, The Little Mermaid

    Best Sound Design of a Play
    Simon Baker, Boeing-Boeing
    Adam Cork, Macbeth
    Ian Dickson, Rock 'n' Roll
    Mic Pool, The 39 Steps

    Best Sound Design of a Musical
    Acme Sound Partners, In the Heights
    Sebastian Frost, Sunday in the Park with George
    Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
    Dan Moses Schreier, Gypsy

    Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
    Stephen Sondheim

    Regional Theatre Tony Award
    Chicago Shakespeare Theater

    Special Tony Award
    Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theatre in the field of orchestrations, as represented on Broadway this season by Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific.

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