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TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS
“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s critically cheered theater meta- journey, earned a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Monday. Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner about a Black gay man writing a show about a Black gay man earned nods for best musical, leading man in newcomer Jaquel Spivey and featured actress for L Morgan Lee, who becomes the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for a Tony Award. Jesse Williams, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star making his Broadway debut, received a nomination for “Take Me Out,” as did his co- star Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” fame.