Marc J. Franklin / A Strange Loop
Monday morning, nominations for the 75and The annual Tony Awards have been announced online. For the first time since the pandemic, Broadway presented a full season – albeit with numerous postponements and hiatuses, due to the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 – and 34 shows were up for Broadway’s highest accolades. .
Leading the pack is Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael R. Jackson A strange loop. The show, about a black, queer, Broadway usher writing a musical about a black, queer, Broadway usher, received 11 nominations, including best musical and best score and book for Mr. Jackson. (You can listen to a Strange Loop Tiny Desk concert here)
A different Michael Jackson – the King of Pop – is another big contender. GM, the biographical musical about superstar Michael Jackson, has 10 nominations, including Best Musical. Lynn Nottage, who wrote the series book, is also nominated for Best Play, for Clyde’s.
Completing the best music category is Paradise Squarea look at New York’s Black and Irish communities during the Civil War, with 10 nominations; SIX: The Musicala pop concert on the wives of Henry VIII, with eight nominations; North Country Girl, a Bob Dylan jukebox show set during the Depression, with seven nominations; and Mr Saturday night, Billy Crystal’s adaptation of his own film about a former comedian trying to make a comeback, with five nominations. Crystal himself is up for two awards: Best Actor in a Musical and Best Book of a Musical. (Click for the full list of nominations.)
The best playmaker is the story of a financial empire
Julieta Cervantes/The Lehman Trilogy
The favorite for best game is Stefano Massimi The Lehman Trilogy, adapted by Ben Power, which received eight nominations. The story of the Lehman Brothers, immigrants of the 19and the century Germany that built a financial empire, was a mini-epic, with three actors in a rotating glass box. It’s for Best Play, and all three performers are up for Best Actor in a Play.
Other nominees for Best Game include Clyde’sLynn Nottage’s look at five ex-convicts working in a sandwich shop, with five nominations; hangedMartin McDonagh’s dark comedy about England’s Last Executioner, also at five; Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morriseau’s look at Detroit autoworkers facing cutbacks, with three nominations; and Tracy Letts Minutesa play about a controversial town council meeting, revealing dark secrets.
Although four musicals were eligible to be nominated for Best Revival, only three got the nod. A revival of funny girlfeaturing Beanie Feldstein was skipped except for one featured actor.
The gender revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Company, a groundbreaking 1970 musical about marriage and a 35-year-old bachelor, received 9 nominations. The sold-out, sold-out revival of The music man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, received six nominations, including for both lead roles. Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori Caroline or Change is up for three awards.
Five plays are nominated for the best revival. At Ntozake Shange for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is enough received seven nominations. Despite rave reviews, the 1975 choreography struggled to find an audience and announced an early closing date.
Marc J. Franklin/For Girls of Color Who’ve Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enough
by Richard Greenberg take me outabout a baseball superstar who announces he’s gay, has four nominations, the same number as Alice Childress’ 1955 play Problem in Listenon racism in Broadway theater and David Mamet American buffalo, about three potential thieves. Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a girl sexually abused by her uncle, How I learned to drive, received three nominations. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse, reprising their roles from the original production, are both up for Best Actor awards.
Several shows were skipped entirely
Every year, shows and actors are snubbed. In addition to funny girl, several other productions did not receive much love from the nominators. The musical adaptation of the film Mrs. Doubtfire only received one nomination, for lead actor Rob McClure, while fly at sunset, the original musical about three 1950s celebrities experimenting with LSD, received four nominations but was not in the running for best musical. Daniel Craig, who is headlining a cover of macbeth did not receive a nod, although co-star Ruth Negga did. Neil Simon’s sold-out revival Square Suite earned a costume design nomination, but none of its stars, Sarah Jessica Parker or Matthew Broderick, are up for an award. And several shows were totally ignored: the new plays Chicken & Cookies, Thoughts of a colored man, Is it a bedroom?, birthday candles and Go over.
In a sign that things are getting somewhat back to normal, the Tony Awards ceremony will take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 12. Ariana DeBose, the Oscar-winning West Side Story actress and veteran of several Broadway shows, will host. At 7 p.m. ET, exclusive content will air on Paramount+. From 8-11 p.m. ET, the awards show will air on CBS.