FEATURE: 2019 Tony Award Nominations

FEATURE: 2019 Tony Award Nominations

The 2019 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning by Bebe Neuwirth (“Chicago”) and Brandon Victor Dixon (“Hamilton”).  Critic’s pick “Hadestown” leads the pack with an impressive and entirely deserved 14 nominations (the record is 16, held by “Hamilton”). 

Following just behind are critic’s pick “Ain’t Too Proud” with 12 nominations, and “Tootsie” with 11.  Critic’s picks “The Ferryman” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are the top plays, tied with 9 nominations each.  Below I offer my analysis of some surprises and snubs (hyperlinks go to my reviews). Stay tuned for my predictions later in May.

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will be held on Sunday, June 9th at Radio City Musical Hall and telecast live on CBS starting at 8pm ET. Be sure to tune in!

Some surprises:

  • While other critics were cool to it, “Beetlejuice” received 8 well-deserved nominations!

  • Similarly, “Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus” picked up 7 nominations, despite a mixed critical reception

  • The Boys in the Band”, which opened in May 2018, was not forgotten, receiving two nominations

  • Bucking categorical norms, the play “Choir Boy” received a nomination for Camille A. Brown’s choreography and the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” received a nomination for Adam Guettel’s score

Some snubs:

  • The biggest snub of the season is Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” not being nominated for best play; “Network was snubbed from that same category, too; both are adaptations of well known works, whereas the nominees are all original works

  • Despite near-universal critical acclaim for her titanic performance, no nomination for Glenda Jackson in “King Lear

  • Despite a killer performance and nominations from every other outfit, no nomination for Leslie Kritzer in “Beetlejuice”

  • Bonnie Milligan was flat out fantastic in her Broadway debut in “Head Over Heels”; no nomination this time, but she has a long career ahead of her

  • Only one nomination for “Be More Chill” for Joe Iconis’ score (the best part of the show)

  • Only two nominations for “Torch Song”, including snubs of Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl’s fantastic performances

  • No nominations at all for “American Son”, “Gettin’ the Band Back Together”, “Head Over Heels”, “The Lifespan of a Fact”, “The Nap”, “The New One”, “Pretty Woman”, “Straight White Men”, and “True West

Here are the nominations:

Best Play
Choir Boy”, by Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Ferryman”, by Jez Butterworth
“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”, by Taylor Mac
“Ink”, by James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me”, by Heidi Schreck

Best Musical
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
The Prom

Best Revival of a Play*
All My Sons
The Boys in the Band”, by Mart Crowley
Burn This
Torch Song”, by Harvey Fierstein
The Waverly Gallery”, by Kenneth Lonergan

starting this year, a playwright whose play is on Broadway for the first time in a revival will also receive the award, in addition to that production’s producers

Best Revival of a Musical
Kiss Me, Kate

Best Director of a Play
Rupert Goold, “Ink”
Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman
Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Ivo van Hove, “Network
George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Director of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown
Scott Ellis, “Tootsie
Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud
Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, “Tootsie
David Neumann, “Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston, “Network
Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Adam Driver, “Burn This
Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Annette Bening, “All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman
Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, “Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Bertie Carvel, “Ink”
Robin De Jesús, “The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This
Benjamin Walker, “All My Sons

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Fionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Kristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ruth Wilson, “King Lear

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show
Caitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom
Beth Leavel, “The Prom
Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown
Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom
Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud
Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”
Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, “Tootsie

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Andre De Shields, “Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie
Patrick Page, “Hadestown
Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud
Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie
Amber Gray, “Hadestown
Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie
Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!

Best Book of a Musical
Ain’t Too Proud”, by Dominique Morisseau
“Beetlejuice”, by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Hadestown”, by Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom”, by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
Tootsie”, by Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Be More Chill”, by Joe Iconis
“Beetlejuice”, by Eddie Perfect
Hadestown”, by Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom”, by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
“To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Adam Guettel
Tootsie”, by David Yazbek

Best Orchestrations
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown
Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate
Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!
Simon Hale, “Tootsie
Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Bunny Christie, “Ink”
Rob Howell, “The Ferryman
Santo Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Jan Versweyveld, “Network

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud
Peter England, “King Kong
Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!
David Korins, “Beetlejuice”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Rob Howell, “The Ferryman
Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet
Clint Ramos, “Torch Song
Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Michael Krass, “Hadestown
William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”
William Ivey Long, “Tootsie
Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show
Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, “Ink”
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman
Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, “The Cher Show
Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud
Bradley King, “Hadestown
Peter Mumford, “King Kong
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice”

Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, “Ink”
Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy
Nick Powell, “The Ferryman
Eric Sleichim, “Network

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”
Peter Hylenski, “King Kong
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud
Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown

In addition to the nominated productions for the season, the following special awards will be given:

Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Rosemary Harris, actor
Terrence McNally, playwright
Harold Wheeler, orchestrator, composer, conductor, arranger, and music director

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Judith Light

Regional Theatre Award
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Broadway Inspirational Voices, founded by Michael McElroy
Peter Entin, Retired Vice President of Theatre Operations for the Shubert Organization
Joseph Blakely Forbes, Founder and President, Scenic Art Studios, Inc.
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Special Tony Awards
Marin Mazzie, actor (posthumously)
Jason Michael Webb, musical director and arranger
Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company, “King Kong” puppet creators

Total Nominations per production:

Hadestown” – 14
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations” – 12
Tootsie” – 11
The Ferryman” – 9
“To Kill a Mockingbird” – 9
“Beetlejuice” – 8
Oklahoma!” – 8
“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” – 7
The Prom” – 7
“Ink” – 6
Network” – 5
Choir Boy” – 4
Kiss Me, Kate” – 4
All My Sons” – 3
Burn This” – 3
The Cher Show” – 3
King Kong” – 3
Bernhardt/Hamlet” – 2
The Boys in the Band” – 2
Torch Song” – 2
The Waverly Gallery” – 2
What the Constitution Means to Me” – 2
Be More Chill” – 1
Hillary and Clinton” – 1
King Lear” – 1

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