Tuesday, April 30, 2013

67th Annual Tony Award Nomination Recap

The 67th Annual Tony Award nominations were announced this morning from New York City, and it is a neck and neck race in the Musical races.  The musical Kinky Boots leads all shows with 13 nominations, and  the British import Matilda trails with 12 nominations.  In the last week, Matilda has gotten some controversial news with the disqualification of the four actresses who alternate in the title role from the Actress in a Musical category.  Joining the two musicals in the Best Musical category are A Christmas Story: The Musical (based off the Jean Shepherd story and 1983 holiday classic movie) and Bring It On: The Musical, both of which have closed.  Motown: The Musical was snubbed in the Best Musical category.  There were only five Musical revivals eligible, and four of them got in, and two of them were Best Musical winners, and one a television special: Pippin (nominated for Revival 40 years after the original production debuted on Broadway), Annie (the only nomination for the 1977 musical), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (which originated as a live television special in 1957).

In the Play race, the late Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron is nominated for her play "Lucky Guy", which also garnered a nod for star Tom Hanks.  The other Best Play nominees are The Assembled Parties (by Richard Greenberg), The Testament of Mary (by Colm Toibin), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (by Christopher Durang).  In the Play Revival category, the all-black revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" is nominated with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "Golden Boy", and "Orphans" in the revival category.

Tony Nominees in Major Categories:

Best Play:
The Assembled Parties (Richard Greenberg, Author)
Lucky Guy (Nora Ephron, Author)
The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin, Author)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Christopher Durang, Author)

Best Musical:
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Kinky Boots

Best Revival of a Play:
Golden Boy
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Revival of a Musical:
(Rodgers & Hammerstein's) Cinderella
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Best Actor (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 Actress (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 Actor (Musical):
Bertie Carvel (Matilda)
Santino Fontana (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella)
Rob McClure (Chaplin)
Billy Porter (Kinky Boots)
Stark Sanda (Kinky Boots)

Best Actress (Musical):
Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
Carolee Carmello (Scandalous)
Valisia McKee (Motown the Musical)
Patina Miller (Pippin)
Laura Osnes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella)

Best Featured Actor (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 Featured Actress (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 Featured Actor (Musical):
Charl Brown (Motown the Musical)
Keith Carradine (Hands on a Hardbody)
Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)
Gabriel Ebert (Matilda)
Terrence Mann (Pippin)

Best Featured Actress (Musical):
Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots)
Victoria Clark (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella)
Andrea Martin (Pippin)
Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody)
Lauren Ward (Matilda)

Best Direction of a Play:
Nicholas Martin (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike)
Pam McKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
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)

Best Book of a Musical:
A Christmas Story: The Musical (Joseph Robinette)
Kinky Boots (Harvey Fierstein)
Matilda (Dennis Kelly)
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Douglas Beane)

Best Score of a Musical:
A Christmas Story: The Musical (Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)
Hands on a Hardbody (Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics by Amanda Green)
Kinky Boots (Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper)
Matilda (Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin)

Best Choreography:
Andy Blankenbuehler (Bring It On)
Peter Darling (Matilda)
Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)
Chet Walker (Pippin)

The 67th Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday June 9, when the winners will be announced live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.   For a complete list of nominees, go to http://www.tonyawards.com.

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