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‘Jagged Lit­tle Pill’ leads Tony Awards nom­i­na­tions with 15

- BY MARK KENNEDY Entertainment · Musicals · Arts · Movies · Theatre · New York City · Tina Turner · Paris · Proud Mary · Tony Award · Theatre & Ballet · Alanis Morissette · Baz Luhrmann

NEW YORK — The sober­ing mu­si­cal “Jagged Lit­tle Pill,” which plumbs Ala­nis Moris­sette’s 1995 break­through al­bum to tell a story of an Amer­i­can fam­ily spi­ral­ing out of con­trol, earned a lead­ing 15 Tony Award nom­i­na­tions Thurs­day, as the Broad­way com­mu­nity took the first steps to cel­e­brate a pan­demic-short­ened sea­son that up­ended the the­ater world.

There are three best mu­si­cal nom­i­nees: “Jagged Lit­tle Pill,” “Moulin Rouge: The Mu­si­cal” and “Tina — The Tina Turner Mu­si­cal.” And there are five best play nom­i­nees: “Grand Hori­zons,” “The In­her­i­tance,” “Sea Wall/A Life,” “Slave Play” and “The Sound In­side.”

Tom Kitt, hon­ored for or­ches­tra­tions for “Jagged Lit­tle Pill,” thanked Moris­sette and his col­lab­o­ra­tors, but also gra­ciously nod­ded to the more than a dozen shows that were un­able to open due to the pan­demic.

“I also want to ac­knowl­edge all of the shows that were not able to open, so to­day I’m think­ing of all of the great artists who were sup­posed to be a part of the ’ 19-’ 20 sea­son, and I can’t wait to see all of their beau­ti­ful work when Broad­way re­turns,” he said in a state­ment.

Nip­ping on the heels of “Jagged Lit­tle Pill” for over­all num­bers of nom­i­na­tions is “Moulin Rouge!,” a juke­box adap­ta­tion of Baz Luhrmann’s hy­per­ac­tive 2001 movie about the go­ings- on in a turn- of- the- cen­tury Parisian night­club, that got 14 nods.

“It’s def­i­nitely bit­ter­sweet,” said Car­men Pavlovic, a lead pro­ducer of “Moulin Rouge!” “It’s ob­vi­ously not the year any of us imag­ined. At the same time I feel hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to be part of such a his­tory-mak­ing mo­ment — I think we will all re­mem­ber this year for many decades to come.”

Two very dif­fer­ent of­fer­ings are tied with 12: “Tina — The Tina Turner Mu­si­cal,” which tells the rock icon’s life with songs that in­clude “Let’s Stay To­gether” and “Proud Mary,” and “Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground- break­ing, brac­ing work that mixes race, sex, taboo de­sires and class. The dozen nods make “Slave Play” the most nom­i­nated play in Tony his­tory.

 ?? MATTHEW MUR­PHY/ VI­VAC­ITY ME­DIA GROUP VIA AP ?? El­iz­a­beth Stan­ley, left, and Celia Rose Good­ing dur­ing a per­for­mance of “Jagged Lit­tle Pill.”
MATTHEW MUR­PHY/ VI­VAC­ITY ME­DIA GROUP VIA AP El­iz­a­beth Stan­ley, left, and Celia Rose Good­ing dur­ing a per­for­mance of “Jagged Lit­tle Pill.”

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