Tony Nominations read a bit like Oscars
There’s a real Hollywood flavour to the nominations for Broadway’s big awards, with Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta Jones all nominated for awards, along with many other less prominent screen names.
Surprise omissions Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman stopped the nominations from being even more cinema oriented.
The small screen is represented too, with Frasier star Kelsey Grammer nominated.
With its blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies, Fela! and the revival of Jerry Herman classic La Cage aux Folles scored most nominations for the 64th Annual Tony Awards, with 11 nominations each. Memphis (8 nominations) and the now closed revival of Ragtime (7 nominations) also featured prominently in musical categories.
In a thin season for traditional musicals (original books and scores), as against the ‘juke-box variety,’ Memphis and critically panned The Addams Family are the only musical theatre representatives in best original score, and Memphis is by itself against the juke boxers in the race for Best Musical.
The revival of August Wilson’s Fences, starring Denzel Washington headed the field in plays with 10 nominations. John Logan’s Red followed with 7 nominations.
The decision is now down to the select group of 700 Tony voters.
Broadway’s top accolades will be presented at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 13, and broadcast live on Foxtel on Monday June 14.
Lea Michele, from Broadway’s Spring Awakening and TV’s Glee and Jeff Daniels announced the nominations.
Image: Fela! Broadway Cast. Photo: Monique Carboni.
A full list of nominations follows:
Best Musical: American Idiot, Fela!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet
Best Play: In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Next Fall, Red, Time Stands Still
Best Book of a Musical: Everyday Rapture, Fela!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet
Best Revival of a Play: Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, The Royal Family, A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical: Finian’s Rainbow, La Cage aux Folles, A Little Night Music, Ragtime
Best Director Musical: Christopher Ashley (Memphis), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), Terry Johnson (La Cage), Bill T. Jones (Fela)
Best Director Play: Michael Grandage (Red), Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), Kenny Leon (Fences), Gregory Mosher (A View from the Bridge
Best Lead Actor Musical: Kelsey Grammer (La Cage), Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Douglas Hodge (La Cage), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!)
Best Lead Actress Musical: Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), Montego Glover (Memphis), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music)
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Jude Law (Hamlet), Alfred Molina (Red), Liev Schreiber (A View From The Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding), Denzel Washington (Fences)
Best Lead Actress Play: Viola Davis (Fences), Valerie Harper (Looped), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family)
Best Featured Actor Play: David Alan Grier (Race), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Jon Michael Hill (Superior Donuts), Stephen Kunken (Enron), Eddie Redmayne (Red)
Best Featured Actor Musical: Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Robin De Jesus (La Cage), Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian’s Rainbow), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime)
Best Featured Actress Play: Maria Dizzia (In The Next Room), Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Jessica Hecht (A View From The Bridge), Scarlett Johansson (A View From The Bridge), Jan Maxwell (Lend Me A Tenor)
Best Featured Actress Musical: Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Lillias White (Fela!)
Best Choreography: Rob Ashford (Promises, Promises), Bill T. Jones (Fela!), Lynne Page (La Cage), Twyla Tharp (Come Fly Away)
Best Scenic Design Play: John Lee Beatty (The Royal Family), Alexander Dodge (Present Laughter), Santo Loquasto (Fences), Christopher Oram (Red)
Best Scenic Design Musical: Marina Draghici (Fela), Christine Jones (American Idiot), Derek McLane( Ragtime), Tim Shortall(La Cage)
Best Costume Design Play: Martin Pakledinaz (Lend Me A Tenor), Constanza Romero (Fences), David Zinn (IntheNextRoom), Catherine Zuber (RoyalFamily)
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Marina Draghici, (Fela!), Santo Loquasto, (Ragtime), Paul Tazewell (Memphis), Matthew Wright (La Cage aux Folles)
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Neil Austin (Hamlet), Neil Austin (Red), Mark Henderson (Enron), Brian MacDevitt (Fences).
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams (American Idiot), Donald Holder (Ragtime), Nick Richings, (La Cage aux Folles), Robert Wierzel (Fela!).
Best Sound Design of a Play: Acme Sound Partners (Fences), Adam Cork (Enron), Adam Cork (Red), Scott Lehrer (A View from the Bridge).
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Jonathan Deans (La Cage aux Folles), Robert Kaplowitz (Fela!) Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen (A Little Night Music), Dan Moses Schreier (Sondheim on Sondheim)
Best Sound Musical: Jonathan Deans (La Cage aux Folles), Robert Kaplowitz (Fela!), Dan M Schreier & Gareth Owen (Night Music), DanMSchreier (Sondheim)
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), Adam Cork & Lucy Prebble (Enron), Branford Marsalis (Fences), David Bryan & Joe DiPietro (Memphis)