Nominations for 2019 Tony Awards announced

 “Be More Chill” has been characterized as a “Cinderella” story. A world premiere at New Jersey’s Two River Theater (2015), cast album drops Oct. 31 earning more than 250 million streams. That caught producers’ interest.  It opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 and opened on Broadway March 10 (2019).  It’s about teens who take a “pill” to be cool.

“Hadestown” is a musical a 2016 adaptation of a 2010 folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus descending to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

You’ve gotta admit, not your parents’ kind of musicals. Unless, of course, your parents are adventurous theater-goers looking for innovative, new work and a good time..

This morning “Hadestown” was revealed to have earned  14 Tony Award nominations. “Be More Chill” only snatched one Tony nod, but already has earned four Lucille Lortel Award nominations, four Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations and nine Drama Desk Award nominations.

Also up for Best Musical is “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life of the Temptations”  with 12 nominations, plus “The Prom,” “Tootsie,” and “Beetlejuice”.


Broadway also presented 21 plays.

Best new plays include the  “The Ferryman,” “What the Constitution Means to Me,”  “Choir Boy,” “Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus” and “Ink.”

Big shout-out to Jersey Girl actress Judith Light (from Trenton) who is l receiving the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, which honors volunteerism by a member of the theater community, in recognition of her work on H.I.V./AIDS issues and her support for gay rights.

According to the New York Times, a panel of 42 theater experts who saw all 34 eligible shows over the last year voted on the nominations. The nominators are not allowed to have any financial relationship with any of the eligible shows.

The 831 Tony voters — actors, producers, writers, directors, designers and others active in the theater community, some with financial interest in the nominated shows — who now have until noon on June 7 to cast ballots.

BEST PLAY

BEST MUSICAL

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 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 AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

  • Annette Bening, Arthur Miller’s 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 AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
  • Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
  • Damon Daunno, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • Santino Fontana, Tootsie

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 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 REVIVAL OF A PLAY

  • Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Burn This
  • Torch Song
  • The Waverly Gallery

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

  • Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, Dominique Morisseau
  • Beetlejuice, Scott Brown & Anthony King
  • Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell
  • The Prom, Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin
  • Tootsie, Robert Horn


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

  • Be More Chill, Music & Lyrics: Joe Iconis
  • Beetlejuice, Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect
  • Hadestown, Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
  • The Prom, Music: Matthew Sklar, Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Music: Adam Guettel
  • Tootsie, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE 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, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE 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 AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • André De Shields, Hadestown
  • Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie
  • Patrick Page, Hadestown
  • Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Lilli Cooper, Tootsie
  • Amber Gray, Hadestown
  • Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
  • Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • Mary Testa, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

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 – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • Peter England, King Kong
  • Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
  • Laura Jellinek, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 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 – The Life and Times of the Temptations

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

  • Neil Austin, Ink
  • Jules Fisher + 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 – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • 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 – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • Drew Levy, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

BEST DIRECTION 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 DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

  • Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
  • Scott Ellis, Tootsie
  • Daniel Fish, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
  • 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 – The Life and Times of the Temptations

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

  • Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown
  • Simon Hale, Tootsie
  • Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate
  • Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
  • Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

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