Tony Awards 2019... And the Nominees are...
Hadestown leads the 2019 Tony Award nominations with a grand total of 14 nods.
This morning the New York Theatre Guide attended the nominations announcement for The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, co-hosted by two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (alongside CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King) at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Leading the pack this year with an incredible total of 14 nominations is the Broadway premieres of Hadestown, followed by the Broadway premieres of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations and Tootsie with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively. The most-nominated plays this season are the Broadway premieres of The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird, who managed to garner 9 nominations each, although the latter (just like Network; another top-selling play this season) failed to secure the all-important nod for "Best Play".
A special mention also goes to Broadway newcomer Jeremy Pope, who managed to secure not one, but two Tony Award nominations for his debut season on the Great White Way: "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play" for his performance as Pharus Jonathan Young in Choir Boy and "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical" for his current turn as Eddie Kendricks in Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.
The winners from the following competitive categories will be announced at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony and 7-time Emmy Award winner James Corden, on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS, continuing the long-standing partnership first established in 1978.
The 2019 Tony Award nominations by category are:
Choir Boy - Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Ferryman - Author: Jez Butterworth
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - Author: Taylor Mac
Ink - Author: James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me - Author: Heidi Schreck
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Boys in the Band - Author: Mart Crowley
The Waverly Gallery - Author: Kenneth Lonergan
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations - Dominique Morisseau
Beetlejuice - Scott Brown & Anthony King
Hadestown - Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom - Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin
Tootsie - Robert Horn
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Be More Chill - Music & Lyrics: Joe Iconis
Beetlejuice - Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect
Hadestown - Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom - Music: Matthew Sklar, Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
To Kill a Mockingbird - Music: Adam Guettel
Tootsie - Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Annette Bening, Arthur Miller's All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
André De Shields, Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie
Patrick Page, Hadestown
Jeremy Pope, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Ephraim Sykes, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom
Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown
Simon Hale, Tootsie
Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate
Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Peter England, King Kong
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
David Korins, Beetlejuice
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Michael Krass, Hadestown
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paul Tazewell, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Kevin Adams, The Cher Show
Howell Binkley, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Bradley King, Hadestown
Peter Mumford, King Kong
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice
Peter Hylenski, King Kong
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Drew Levy, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
As previously reported, the Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be awarded at the ceremony on June 9, 2019, to Tony Award-winning actress Rosemary Harris (who can currently be seen on the Broadway stage as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady), four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally (soon to be represented by the upcoming Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), and six-time Tony-nominated composer and musician Harold Wheeler (currently represented on the Great White Way by Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations).
In addition, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light will receive the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights, as previously announced.
Special Tony Awards will also be handed out to the late three-time Tony-nominated actress Marin Mazzie for her outstanding contributions to the theatre and community, to Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company, who are the creators of the 20 feet tall, 2,000 pound puppet at the center of the Broadway premiere of King Kong, and to musical director and arranger Jason Michael Webb, who provided the glorious arrangements that were heard this season in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of Choir Boy, as reported yesterday.
The 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award will go to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, who will also receive a grant of $25,000, and the 2019 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will go to Broadway Inspirational Voices (founded by Michael McElroy), Peter Entin, retired Vice President of Theatre Operations for the Shubert Organization, Joseph Blakely Forbes, Founder and President of Scenic Art Studios, Inc. and FDNY - Engine 54 / Ladder 4 / Battalion 9.
(Photos by Tom Millward)