If you were part of a big revival, adapted a popular film this year, or were involved in a production involving music by the Gershwins, you’re probably up for a Tony Award. Congratulations!
Leading the nomination pack for the American stage honors is Once, the adaptation of The Swell Season’s sweet little indie musical that could, with 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Choreography, with a revival of Porgy & Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It (an appropriate musical title for these times, no?), the jazz-era musical comedy starring Matthew Broderick and some Gerswhwin jams, following close behind with 10 each. Rounding out "Best Musical" are Newsies and Leap of Faith.
Peter Pan tale Peter & The Starcatcher, Pulitzer Prize-winner Clybourne Park, family drama Other Desert Cities (starring Stockard Channing, also up for an award) and David Ives’ Venus In Fur are the nominations for Best Play.
Other adapted musicals include the recently-launched stage version of the Disney cult film Newsies and Bonnie & Clyde, which is up for Best Original Score. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the Bono-backed, (formerly) Julie Taymor-helmed musical theatre punchline of the summer, still found itself with two nominations, for Scenic Design and Costume Design.
In a year full of revivals—including the usual crop of Lloyd Webbers, Sondheims (Follies!) and Gershwins—there were a few standouts in the Best Revival category, notably the Diane Paulus-directed production of the latter’s Porgy and Bess, the biblical funk of Jesus Christ Superstar and a new production of Evita starring Ricky Martin as Che and Argentine actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón. BlackBook’s own Tyler Coates sat down with Roger and Michael Cerveris, who plays Juan Perón, back in April to talk about the production.
"It was big when it opened on Broadway, but in Argentina, everyone was like, Oh they did a musical about Evita," Roger says of the original production and the response to it in her home country. "Some hated it, and some loved it. But still, it was not Argentina. That’s why I believe in this production—even Andrew Lloyd Webber now says the arrangements have a more Argentinian flavor."
Play revivals up for top honors include Death of A Salesman (star Philip Seymour Hoffman is also up for Best Actor), Wit (and Cynthia Nixon for Best Actress) and Master Class (James Earl Jones up for Best Actor).
A full list of nominations can be found over at the WaPo. The Tonys will be held on June 10th. Ever-popular host Neil Patrick Harris returns for another year, which means we can expect more production numbers like this one:
And here’s a look at Once: The Musical:
Nice Work If You Can Get It: