Tony Award nominations led by ‘Hadestown’ with 14
The new musical “Hadestown” led the Tony nominations Tuesday morning, getting nods in 14 categories.
The nominees for best musical are “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” “Beetlejuice,” “Hadestown,” “The Prom” and “Tootsie.”
Best play nominees are “Choir Boy,” “The Ferryman,” “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” “Ink” and “What the Constitution Means to Me.”
Among the boldfaced names nominated were Annette Bening, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Adam Driver, Elaine May and Laurie Metcalf.
The awards ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. EDT June 9, at Radio City Music Hall, and will be broadcast on CBS with a time delay for PDT viewers. James Corden is the host.
‘HADESTOWN’ AND ‘THE FERRYMAN’ GET TONYS LOVE
“Hadestown,” a folkand-blues-inflected musical reimagining the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, led the Tony nominations Tuesday morning, winning nods in 14 categories.
But the nominations were notable not only for those they honored, but for those they ignored. “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Network,” two costly dramas that have been big hits at the box office, did not get nominated in the best new play category. But they did not come away empty-handed – “Mockingbird” was nominated in nine other categories and “Network” in five.
The current Broadway season, much to the surprise of many who worried that the industry is being swallowed by big brand blockbuster musicals, was dominated by plays – 21 in all, many of them new, several of them profitable and some quite adventurous.
The Tony race for best new play is now likely to be a faceoff between “The Ferryman,” Jez Butterworth’s gripping family drama set in a troubled Northern Ireland in 1981, and the much more intimate “What the Constitution Means to Me,” an autobiographical piece by Heidi Schreck about gender and American legal history, inspired by her adolescent experience giving speeches about the Constitution to win scholarship money.
The other contenders for best new play are “Choir Boy,” “Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus” and “Ink.”
The race for best play revival is wide open, but among the hopefuls are “The Waverly Gallery,” a Kenneth Lonergan drama, first produced in 1999, about how Alzheimer’s disease affects a woman and her family, and “The Boys in the Band,” a pioneering 1968 play by Mart Crowley about a group of gay men gathered for a birthday party. Neither play had ever been staged on Broadway before.
Also nominated: “All My Sons,” “Burn This” and “Torch Song.”
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.
A MEDLEY OF MUSICALS IN THE RUNNING
The musicals vying for big awards this season could hardly be more different from one another.
“Hadestown” is an unconventional show born of the downtown theater scene – sung-through, poetic, packed with both emotion and politics. That show will now face off against “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” an exuberantly sung and danced jukebox musical, which garnered 12 nominations, and “Tootsie,” a musical comedy that, like many Broadway shows today, was adapted from a popular film, but smartly updated to reflect today’s gender politics. It got 11 nominations.
Also in the running is “The Prom,” which is about a group of egotistic New York actors who decide to come to the aid of an adolescent girl in Indiana who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom, and “Beetlejuice,” adapted from the Tim Burton film.
There were only two musical revivals this season. Both were well reviewed and both were nominated for the prize in that category: a revised “Kiss Me, Kate” and a revisionist “Oklahoma!”
Reeve Carney, left, and Eva Noblezada embrace during a performance of “Hadestown,” directed by Rachel Chavkin. The musical led all productions with 14 Tony nominations.