2023 Tony nominees react: Samuel L. Jackson, Arian Moayed, Jodie Comer, Sara Bareilles, and more
Read live-updated statements from the stars, writers, directors, designers, and more from this year's Tony Award-nominated Broadway shows about being honored.
The 2023 Tony Award nominees have been named, celebrating the best of Broadway theatre in the 2022-23 season. Of the 38 productions eligible, Some Like It Hot led the nominees with 13 nods. Tied three ways for second are Shucked, & Juliet, and New York, New York coming in with nine each.
Hear from the performers, writers, directors, designers, and more of all the nominated shows, including A-list stars, first-time nominees, veteran Broadway composers, and everyone in between.
This article is being continually updated as nominees share their reactions.
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot, a new tuner based on the 1959 film of the same name, leads the 2023 season with the most Tony Award nominations, including Best New Musical. Casey Nicholaw earns his twelfth nomination and Amber Ruffin her first.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Best Original Score): “We love our show, we love our collaborators, we love our cast. We are thrilled and honored to be the most nominated musical of the season. In fact, we are joyous and celebrating… eight shows a week at the Shubert Theatre!”
Matthew López and Amber Ruffin (Best Book of a Musical): “We are thrilled to be nominated alongside so many from our Some Like It Hot family. Our show has always been to us about the power of the community to uplift individuals. That it has been received by audiences and by the Tony nominators with that same spirit makes this all feel full circle. We hope these nominations help bring the show and its message of self-acceptance and self-fulfillment to an even wider audience than before.”
Kevin Del Aguila (Best Featured Actor In a Musical): “My jaw hit the floor and it’s been there ever since! I was cheering and hugging, flooded with gratitude and love, and then I had to quickly run off to a dental appointment. Now I’m spending the rest of the day sporting a giant, sparklingly bright smile.”
Casey Nicholaw (Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography): “This morning was absolutely incredible! It’s the first time I got to experience hearing the nominations with one of my casts instead of at home. And to add to it, we were performing on the Today Show and we couldn’t make any noise - so there were just real tears and fake clapping! And then when we were done with the segment, there was so much screaming and camaraderie! I will never forget it!! Childhood dreams come true!!”
Scott Pask (Best Scenic Design of a Musical, also nominated for Shucked) “I couldn't be more stunned, or more thrilled about the nominations for my work on Shucked and Some Like it Hot! To be recognized for both of these incredible productions - well, the enormity of it all is still sinking in. I have been a part of these very special shows long before the pandemic began, so to have the designs accomplished, and then realized during such a precarious time in the world, and especially within our live arts community, makes this recognition all the more special and significant.”
Charlie Rosen (Best Orchestrations): It's a HUGE honor to be recognized alongside Bryan for our work on Some Like it Hot. It was a thrill to help bring this tremendous score to life in collaboration with the legendary song writing duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and I'm so glad that the classic sound of large ensemble jazz can fill the halls of the Shubert Theatre every night. Special thanks to our entire music team at the show, and of course the incredible musicians who perform and interpret our music every night, because without them we would have no voice."
Bryan Carter (Best Orchestrations): "13 Tony nominations - AND THAT AIN’T BAD! What an absolute honor to be recognized alongside Charlie for this show. Some Like It Hot has given us the experience of a lifetime, working with our heroes and Broadway legends Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This story captures such a powerful balance that pays tribute to the women of color who band-lead integrated ensembles and risked their lives for Black American music with the beauty of finding freedom in queer identity. It’s an incredible honor for an unbelievable team - we owe this to our cast, crew and everyone who shared these moments with us at the Shubert Theatre.”
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The country musical comedy Shucked has received nine Tony Award nominations, tying it for the second-most nominations this year. Among the crop of nominations are Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.
Robert Horn (Best Book of a Musical): "I could not be more thrilled and excited for our 9 nominations!! Shucked is a show about community and family, a show that leads with laughter and heart, and what better tonic for a post pandemic world! Personally, I am honored to be in such distinguished company, in such a vibrant season, and after 10 years of working on this, it’s a lesson in perseverance! CONGRATS to my Shucked family, and thank you to the nominators, The Broadway League and The American Theater Wing for this great honor!"
Shane McAnally (Best Original Score): "When we started this show a decade ago, just getting to Broadway seemed like a dream too big to dream, so to be recognized by the Tony’s is truly beyond my wildest."
Brandy Clark (Best Original Score): The first musical I ever saw was Oklahoma! and I fell in love. It’s been a lifelong love affair for me and musical theater, but I NEVER dreamed I’d be a part of the musical theatre/Broadway world. Shucked has made dreams I never dreamed come true.
Kevin Cahoon (Best Featured Actor in a Musical): "I did my first Broadway show 29 years ago and this honor had never come my way. Today, I received a Tony Nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the feeling is unlike anything I could have ever imagined. I am so filled with gratitude and thanks for everyone who has believed in me and invested in me and sacrificed for me and hustled for me. However, to stand alongside the incredible company of Shucked at the Nederlander Theatre eight times a week is the greatest gift of all. This nine-year labor of love that is ‘Shucked’ affects audiences in a way that I have never experienced and I can’t wait to get back to that theatre tonight and watch in awe as that show works it’s magic. Thank you."
Alex Newell (Best Featured Actor in a Musical): “To be nominated alongside such talented individuals is a tremendous honor. I grew up dreaming of singing my heart out on a Broadway stage, and to not only accomplish that, but also receive a nomination for it? It is beyond a dream come true. This is a surreal moment for me and I’m feeling deeply grateful and happy.”
Jack O’Brien (Best Direction of a Musical): "As someone whose first nomination dates to 1977, which was Porgy & Bess, you can imagine how proud and thrilled I am to be included in this raft of ravishing young talent. We had one of the great collective community experiences I have ever known and that must have been evident from the amount of joy every night in our theater. Since, for me, it can’t be called a competition, because our work is all so varied and different. This is the best gift I could have asked for."
John Shivers (Best Sound Design of a Musical): "I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for my work on Shucked. It has been an extremely rewarding production to be a part of. I can’t say enough about the incredibly talented creative team, cast, orchestra and crew. I am so happy our work was collectively recognized with the Best Musical nomination."
Jason Howland (Best Orchestrations): "I am thrilled to be nominated for my work as an orchestrator on Shucked! Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark's songs are fantastic, and the combination of working with them and Jack O'Brien, Robert Horn and Sarah O'Gleby has been an absolute joy. You can feel that joy coming back to us every night in spades from the audiences who are laughing and cheering eight times a week at the Nederlander Theatre! I am so proud of this team, our producer Mike Bosner, and this cast! Get Shucked!"
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New York, New York
The new Kander and Ebb musical New York, New York, based on Martin Scorsese's 1977 film of the same name, has received nine Tony Award nominations. The musical leads in the design category with four nods, including Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Lighting Design.
Colton Ryan (Best Leading Actor in a Musical): “The act of coming together to create is my love language, and the theater has been my lifelong sordid love affair. After two years of being told we are essentially non-essential, the biggest honor is just being able to do it at all. And to do it with such extraordinary company (especially my friend and singular talent, Anna Uzele), I figured I couldn’t get any luckier. But whaddaya know? To John Kander, thank you for dedicating your life to this art form. My life is infinitely fuller because of it.”
This musical reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and infuses the 16th-century story with top hits from Max Martin’s extensive catalog. After a three-year run in the West End, the Broadway musical received nine Tony Award nominations, including Best New Musical and Best Featured Actress for first-time nominee Lorna Courtney in the titular role.
Lorna Courtney (Best Leading Actress in a Musical): "It is my first lead role in a Broadway show. I am feeling all of the emotions; I’m just overwhelmed and overcome with emotions in the best way possible.
"It means so much to represent this show at this time. The show stands for everything positive and uplifting. It stands for multigenerational love, it stands for equality. It has a woman of color, a Black woman in the leading role, and it’s representative of what Broadway should look like and what audiences are and what our world looks like. There are nonbinary actors in our show, and it means the world.
"There’s so much love and support going on on stage, and it’s also the same way off stage. The audience reaction is already crazy; I can only imagine how wild it will be tonight."
Jennifer Weber (Best Choreography, also nominated for KPOP): “When I was a kid, I used to watch the Tony Awards, tape the performances and teach myself the choreography. To be a part of this community is an incredible honor and it is beyond my wildest dreams to have my work recognized alongside legends such as Nicholaw, Stroman and Hoggett. So much heart went into both of these productions and I’m so proud of everyone that contributed to bringing these two unique stories to the Broadway stage!”
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Tom Stoppard's Olivier Award-winning family drama is tied with A Doll's House with the most nominations for a play this season at six, including Best Play. Director Patrick Marber earns his third lifetime nomination and Stoppard his eighth.
Brandon Uranowitz (Best Featured Actor in a Play): “I’m just floored and overwhelmed with gratitude. This play means more to me than I could ever articulate and to be recognized in this way is the honor of a lifetime. But, I have to say, Leopoldstadt is an ensemble piece in the truest sense of the word and my work cannot exist without the 37 extraordinary other actors on stage with me each night. I share this with them.”
Patrick Marber (Best Direction of a Play): “I’ve been directing Tom’s Leopoldstadt for the last four years. This is a thrilling acknowledgement for the play and for all of us who have sailed in it.”
Brigitte Reiffenstuel (Best Costume Design of a Play): “I am delighted and honoured to be nominated for a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play. This experience was a deeply moving process. The story told by Tom Stoppard was a very personal one about his past, centered around the Holocaust. This play is about the past but also very much about the present. I felt a big responsibility to create the clothes for his characters, not overwhelming them in costumes that masked their personality. Leopoldstadt was one of those rare experiences where everybody in the team, without exception, gelled and fed off one another’s creativity and input. I am deeply grateful to Patrick Marber and Sonia Friedman for trusting me to fulfill my task.”
Neil Austin (Best Lighting Design of a Play): “What an honour it is to be nominated for a Tony Award. Leopoldstadt is a wonderful ensemble piece and such an important story to tell and retell.”
A Doll's House
Henrik Ibsen’s 19th-century play. received six Tony Award nominations Playwright Amy Herzog adapted the script for the Broadway revival, making her eligible for Best Revival of a Play. Leads Jessica Chastain and Arian Moyed, the play’s Nora and Torvald, are up for Best Leading Actress in a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Jessica Chastain (Best Leading Actress in a Play): "If I could tell that girl who yearly recorded the Tony Awards on her VHS that this would happen, it would have blown my world open. To tell her she’d be living in New York, performing in A Doll’s House, and nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress… It is a dream come true. Thank you so much to The Wing and the Tony Awards for recognizing our play. Thank you, The Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Wessex Grove, Hudson Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and 101 for believing in us. Everyday I get to say Amy Herzog’s words and act with the most incredible group of artists. Jamie Lloyd, none of this would have happened without you. Love you very much."
Arian Moayed (Best Featured Actor in a Play): “I don’t have enough words to describe how honored and excited I am. The only joy greater than this Tony nomination is sharing it with Jessica, Jamie, Amy and the incredible company of A Doll’s House.”
Jamie Lloyd (Best Direction of A Play): "Working with Jessica Chastain, Arian Moayed, Amy Herzog and the entire company of A Doll’s House has been one of the greatest experiences of my career. It was a privilege to create this new production of Ibsen’s masterpiece for Broadway audiences with a team of exceptional artists. We are honored and grateful to be recognised with these Tony nominations."
Amy Herzog (Best Play): "I feel incredibly lucky today. I've loved A Doll's House since I was a teenager, it's deep in my playwriting DNA, and getting to do a nerdy dive into it with Jamie, Jessica, Arian and this incredible company has been an honor and a thrill. I'm so grateful to my brilliant collaborators, our producers, and the nominating committee...I like to think that somewhere in the universe OG Ibsen has a sly little Scandinavian smile on his face too."
The critically acclaimed musical Kimberly Akimbo, featuring a book by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, has eight Tony Award nominations, including for Best Musical and Best New Score.
Bonnie Milligan (Best Featured Actress in a Musical): "I am absolutely blown away by this nomination! Growing up in a double wide trailer in the Midwest, dreaming of Broadway seemed so far away. To be embraced by the broadway community, means the world to me. My “great adventure” with Kimberly Akimbo has been one of the most beautiful of my life, and I feel so lucky to be in this gorgeous show, with these gorgeous people. Thank you!"
Justin Cooley (Best Featured Actor in a Musical): "Getting a Tony nomination with this show is truly beyond my wildest dreams. Two years ago this week, I was nervously in auditions for a production of 13 the Musical at my high school in Kansas. To say things have changed is an understatement! I never would have believed it if you told me back then. I just feel so lucky and honored to get this recognition, and to be able to reflect on all the wonderful things that have fallen in place, and all the hard work I’ve persevered through to reach this wonderful point."
Jessica Stone (Best Direction of a Musical): “What excites me more than anything is that Kimberly Akimbo was nominated for Best Musical. That’s the one that belongs to all of us. The cast. Writers, designers, crew, producers- all of us. It takes everyone’s heart and wit and dedication. I love this group.”
John Clancy (Best Orchestrations): "It's a true honor to be nominated, and I am thrilled for the entire cast, band, crew, and creative team of Kimberly Akimbo. I believe it is a very special show, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to orchestrate such a gorgeous score."
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Emmy winner Jodie Comer makes her Broadway debut in the legal drama Prima Facie. Her performance has earned the show one of its four Tony nominations, which also include nods for set, lighting, and sound design. Comer already won Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for performing the one-woman play in London.
Jodie Comer (Best Leading Actress in a Play): “I love getting to play the role of Tessa in Prima Facie, so to receive this Tony Award nomination for my Broadway debut is beyond my wildest dreams. Broadway audiences have been so welcoming to me, so it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to get to speak Suzie Miller’s words in her vital and urgent play, and for director Justin Martin, who guided me every step of the way.”
Natasha Chivers (Best Lighting Design of a Play): “I’m honoured to be recognized for my work on a production as powerful and important as Prima Facie. This team is one dedicated to collaboration, trust, and support and I’m grateful and proud to be amongst their ranks. Thank you to Suzie, Justin, and James especially for welcoming me into their vision. It has been incredibly rewarding to revisit and refine my work on Prima in its move from the West End to Broadway.”
Fat Ham, the sendup of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by James Ijames, received five Tony Award nominations. The Pulitzer Prize winner is a contender for the Tony Award for Best New Play.
Colman Domingo (producer, Best Play): “I am beyond thrilled today as a Tony-nominated producer on James Ijames exquisite Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fat Ham. To champion this black playwright from the Public Theater/NBT production to Broadway is very meaningful to me. No Black playwright has won the Tony Award for Best Play since 1987. This is a master work, that I hope goes all the way because I truly believe that this is the daring, bold and light filled work that needs to brighten and add more color to the Great White Way.”
Cynthia Erivo (producer, Best Play): “These nominations mark an exciting and joyful moment in our theatre community, with a mix of productions that celebrate representation and humanity. I’m in awe of James ljames, Saheem Ali and the brilliant actors, designers, crew members and more who make it all possible to tell this poignant tale eight shows a week. To return to Broadway in this capacity is a dream come true and a full circle moment for me. I am thrilled to share in this honor with the most incredible Hamily a girl could ask for!!!”
Life of Pi
This Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the hit book and film earned nominations in all the major design categories for bringing the high seas and wild animals to life, plus a nomination for Max Webster as director.
Max Webster (Best Direction of a Play): “It’s been such a privilege and honour to present Life of Pi on Broadway, and I’m so thrilled we have received this recognition. It feels like an important story of survival and hope to be telling right now, and I am thrilled audiences have responded with such wonderful warmth open heartedness to our show.”
Tim Hatley (Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play): “I am absolutely thrilled to be included in this year’s nominations. The scenic builders, costume makers, and all of our wonderful crews in the Broadway theatre community have been so welcoming to me. The design for Life of Pi is a very special piece of creativity, so it’s simply wonderful to have nominations!”
Nick Barnes (Best Costume Design of a Play): “I’m so thrilled to be nominated and so excited that the puppet design is being recognized by such a prestigious award ceremony.”
Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's musical hasn't appeared on Broadway since 1999, and now it's a Best Musical Revival nominee. Among its six nominations are Leading Actor/Actress nods for past Dear Evan Hansen winner Ben Platt and first-time nominee Micaela Diamond.
Michael Arden (Best Director of a Musical): "Overwhelmed to be included in such incredible company. To be at the helm of both Parade and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol this Broadway season has been the honor of my career thus far. I am indebted to all the artists who came together to make both these singular productions possible."
The Broadway revival of Lerner and Loewe’s 1960 musical Camelot features an updated book by Aaron Sorkin. The Arthurian production, featuring a thirty-piece orchestra, has received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical Revival.
Jordan Donica (Best Featured Actor in a Musical): “Words simply cannot describe the differing and constant emotions that I am feeling. I am a wee bit sleepy, a lot bit energized, and just at peace with whatever has been and whatever will be. It is an honor to be nominated along such incredible talents and, more importantly, incredible people. Thank you for the recognition and thank you to Lincoln Center Theater and the beautiful cast and crew of Camelot. No one gets to where they are alone. Thank you to everyone on Team Jordan and thank you to my entire family for the never-ending love, support, and guidance. 'Every day is a gift.'(Kathy Schutte)”
Michael Yeargan (Best Scenic Design of a Musical): "It’s a thrill to be nominated, but more-so for the collaboration with Ben Pearcy and 59 Productions, the extraordinary company and the brilliant Camelot production team at Lincoln Center Theater - it just doesn’t get any better!”
Good Night, Oscar
Doug Wright's Good Night, Oscar is set in the year 1958, when composer and comedian Oscar Levant made his first appearance on the late-night show Tonight Starring Jack Paar. Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes receives a Tony Award nomination for his star turn as Oscar, the actor’s second nomination.
Sean Hayes (Best Featured Actor in a Play): “Thank you to The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing for this incredibly humbling nomination…I am honored to be included in such esteemed company. I am forever grateful to Doug Wright and Lisa Peterson for giving me the opportunity, and the stage, to bring Oscar Levant to life alongside a brilliant cast, crew and producers who work tirelessly to make this show so special. It is a privilege to portray someone so complex; someone who is both hilarious and heartbreaking and I am truly grateful and thankful for this beautiful acknowledgement.”
Emilio Sosa (Best Costume Design of a Play, also nominated for Ain't No Mo'): "I’m completely floored by this amazing acknowledgement by my peers. I truly love what I do and hope to continue to add to the fabric of inclusion and diversity in our community. Go theatre!"
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
The first Broadway revival, since 1972, of Lorraine Hansberry’s play about a marriage on a collision course with political ideals has earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. Miriam Silverman's performance earned the actress her first nomination.
Greg Nobile, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson (producers, Best Revival of a Play): "More than anyone, this Best Revival of a Play nomination belongs to Lorraine Hansberry, who generously chose to share her remarkable talent, wisdom, and worldview with this brilliant-but-little-known play. We are all the lucky beneficiaries of her largesse, and we hope we’ve done her proud. This nomination is also a tribute to everyone who took part in the herculean effort to move The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window to Broadway over an incredibly short period of time."
Miriam Silverman (Best Featured Actress in a Play): "I was dropping off my four-year-old at preschool this morning when the nominations started being read. I was nervous but felt like it was such a long shot, I kept telling myself to chill. I got home in time to watch the category read live and fell into my husband’s arms in disbelief.
"I’m utterly floored and blown away. This is a dream come true. I’ve been with this play and this character since we did it in Chicago at the Goodman in 2016. This production, and everyone involved, have been so incredible. The last few months have been simultaneously the hardest of my life and the more glorious. I’m so grateful for this acknowledgment, and so grateful to get to bask in Lorraine’s genius every night.
"Now I’m on my way to teach my students at NYU. Last week they insisted I was going to be nominated… I said no way… I would buy them all donuts if I got nominated…. So I’m on my way to buy a bunch of donuts."
Joi Grisham (director and trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust): "This is a truly remarkable time for the Lorraine Hansberry legacy. She shows that she can continue to hit the note of our times in her writing and her vision. I am thrilled beyond words that we have been able to bring this play home to Broadway after almost 60 years. We are still chasing her, trying to listen to what she has been saying!"
The latest play from David Auburn, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Proof, debuts his latest play on Broadway. 2023 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht stars opposite Tony and Emmy nominee Laura Linney in this show about a summer friendship.
Jessica Hecht (Best Leading Actress in a Play): "My gratitude for the great Laura Linney is beyond words. I am deeply honored by this nomination, and am indebted to Dan Sullivan, Dave Auburn, Lynne Meadow, and the Manhattan Theatre Club."
Into the Woods
Sara Bareilles (Best Leading Actress in a Musical): “I’m absolutely reeling. My heart is so full with love for the show- and for what this story meant to all of us onstage, backstage, as well as in the audience. I am beyond honored for this acknowledgement and I reserve the right to spontaneously start screaming with joy at any point today.”
Brian d’Arcy James (Best Leading Actor in a Musical): “I’m so grateful to have gotten a chance to interpret and give life to such a special character from the hearts and minds of Steven Sondheim and James Lapine. It’s a task not to be taken lightly. Into the Woods was just such a unique and incredible experience that to receive this honor of a nomination for this role is extraordinary. Congratulations to all the other nominees as well.”
Julia Lester (Best Featured Actress in a Musical): “I’m a theatre kid from a theatre family. The Tonys are our Super Bowl. Every year when they roll around, we gather together to cheer on the nominees. Hearing my name in the mix this year was …. well, I’ll never find the right words to describe what this feels like. I am so insanely grateful to the American Theatre Wing and the Tony nominating committee for recognizing not only my performance, but also our entire show with so many nominations. The first Broadway show I ever saw was at the St. James Theatre and to have my Broadway debut on that same stage was so surreal and full circle. Thank you to the entire Broadway community for being so welcoming to me and Little Red.”
Jordan Roth, (producer Best Revival of a Musical): “Into the Woods has always been the show that holds our hand through so many moments in life. To have so many of our Into the Woods family recognized today is one more moment that makes it worth the journeying.”
Lear DeBessonet (Best Director of a Musical): “My heart bursts with gratitude for the recognition of our work on Into the Woods. I always thought of this show as a great expression of love and humanity, and I am so honored that our intention was embraced with this incredible generosity.”
Scott Lehrer and Alex Neumann (Best Sound Design of a Musical): “We’re so pleased to have been nominated for this incandescent production working with such a great creative team. We especially thank our collaborator, music director Rob Berman, and his whole music department.”
The form-breaking musical KPOP, featuring a book by Jason Kim and music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, explores the industry of Korean pop music. The new musical received nominations for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
Helen Park (Best Original Score): "After dedicating eight years of my life to working on KPOP and dreaming of sharing my music with the world, I am honored and humbled to be included in such an esteemed group. The recognition of my work through this nomination is a testament to the tireless efforts of my incredible creative team and cast who joined me in pushing boundaries and bringing a never-before-seen performance to the Broadway stage. Their hard work and dedication have truly paid off, and I am thrilled to share this moment with them. I am at a loss for words, and deeply grateful for this recognition."
Max Vernon (Best Original Score): "I'm thrilled to be nominated and also feel like I just drank ten coffees! KPOP's run was cut short, but it's so wonderful and moving to know that our score lives on. This month it will be nine years since our first workshop at Ars Nova. What a wild journey! I wish I could tell the five year old me who wanted to be Cosette in Les Miz about this."
Sophia Choi and Clint Ramos (Best Costume Design of a Musical): "Happy AAPI Heritage Month! Thank you and we are so proud of our show. We dedicate this honor to the entire company of KPOP!"
Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, has received three nominations, including two nods for the star actors, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins.
Suzan-Lori Parks (Best Play): “I am thrilled and deeply honored to have my work embraced and recognized! And I’m also so happy for Corey and Yahya! Our Topdog revival was a joyous team effort, with Kenny Leon leading the way! I’m doing my happy dance!”
The Piano Lesson
August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama, is up for the Tony Award for Best Play Revival. Oscar winner Samuel L. Jackson also received a nod for his performance as Doaker Charles.
Brian Moreland (producer Best Revival of a Play): “We were honored to be selected by Constanza Romero Wilson to lead this new production for our generation. We are here because of LaTanya Richardson Jackson’s singular vision and are gratified that Mr. Wilson’s work is living on. On behalf of Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman and our co-producers, and especially August Wilson, we give thanks.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker (producers, Best Revival of a Play): “Every bit of this experience of being producers on August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson has been a dream come true. Starting with Constanza Romero Wilson giving her blessing for us to bring Mr. Wilson’s great work back to Broadway. On day one of seeing our amazing cast and phenomenal director Latanya Richardson Jackson in rehearsals, we knew this show was special and that we were making August Wilson proud. We are so grateful for this nomination! Thank you!”
Samuel L. Jackson (Best Featured Actor in a Play): “It’s a thrill to be nominated – this honor is particularly special having been under the direction of LaTanya and getting to continue August Wilson’s legacy on Broadway after first performing The Piano Lesson on stage at the Yale Repertory Theater 35 years ago. Thank you to the members of the American Theater Wing & Broadway League. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson (director, speaking to Best Revival of a Play): “This glorious recognition of August Wilson’s beautiful work, The Piano Lesson, amplifies his legacy and supports it as a living representation of our culture. It honors August and I am overjoyed.”
Cost of Living
Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living, a drama about caring and being cared for, can add a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play to its accolades. The show also earned three acting nominations and a Best Direction nod for Jo Bonney.
Martyna Majok (Best Play): "I am beaming with joy for this incredible honor! It means the world for this story and these beautiful artists to be recognized by our community that I feel so grateful to be a part of every day. Cost of Living is about hoping for miracles and searching for a home in others, and that's what this gift feels like to me right now."
Kara Young (Best Featured Actress in a Play): “I’m so incredibly grateful and honored to have received this nomination! Cost of Living was a beautiful challenge. I am so thankful to Martyna Majok and Jo Bonney for including me on this journey. I’d also like to shout out my scene partner, Gregg Mozgala, for helping cultivate one of the most profound artistic partnerships I’ve ever experienced on stage.”
Jo Bonney (Best Direction of a Play): “I'm deeply honored to receive this Tony nomination amidst so many massively talented colleagues. My journey with Martyna Majok's beautiful play, Cost of Living, has progressed over several years and involved the generosity and talent of many collaborators to whom I'm immensely indebted. In a time when we often seem to be struggling to connect with each other, it was truly gratifying to watch audiences respond to this story of our shared humanity.”
Ain't No Mo'
Jordan E. Cooper’s satirical comedy Ain’t No Mo’, which only ran on Broadway for a few weeks, received six Tony Award nominations, including for Best New Play. Cooper, the youngest Black American playwright on Broadway, also starred in the play and was nominated for Best Featured Actor.
Jordan E. Cooper (Best Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play): "What a morning! I got to watch the nominations in Texas with my parents in the same living room that I used to do plays in as a kid. Ain’t No Mo’ may not have had a long life on Broadway but it sure did have an impactful one. The work matters. I’m so incredibly grateful to the American Theater Wing, Lee Daniels, my incredible director, cast and crew along with everyone who championed this bold play all over the country."
Jonathan Deans (Best Sound Design of a Play): "With much thanks. The Producers and Management supported Taylor and I to join together allowing us to shape the invisible with Stevie and Jordan, reflecting on the stunning performances with an amazing collaboration from everyone."
Taylor J. Williams (Best Sound Design of a Play): “I’m still floored that I was invited into the vortex of this show. Jonathan’s collaboration, along with the amazing work of so many people at the Belasco, have made this a dream experience. The honor of a nomination this morning is a (very big) cherry on top of it all!”
Cameron Crowe adapted his cult classic film of the same name, making his Broadway debut and co-earning a Tony nomination to boot.
Cameron Crowe (Best Original Score): "What a privilege to be nominated alongside my friend, the brilliant Tom Kitt. Tom brings his whole heart to his work, you can feel it on first listen, and it only deepens from there. Our passionate cast lives in every note of the score, they brought such fire every night and day. Much appreciation to our audiences, our fellow nominees, and to the Tonys. Thanks for shining a light on Almost Famous and our simple motto – Music is love."
Tom Kitt (Best Original Score): "I came into the process an enormous fan of Cameron’s work and was excited just to get to be in the same room. The experience became one filled with inspiration, as we would talk about life and music, and search for the themes that we wanted to pour into the work. I always learned so much from every conversation we had."
A Christmas Carol
The holiday classic returned to Broadway as a one-man show led by Tony winner Jefferson Mays and directed by Michael Arden, earning three nominations for its unique design.
Ben Stanton (Best Lighting Design of a Play): "I’m honored and thrilled to be nominated in a season with so much brilliant work. All of the nominees are so talented and I’m grateful to be included in this prestigious group. This season’s nomination is particularly special because my partner Lucy Mackinnon was also nominated. We’re a family of freelance artists, and with two small children it hasn’t always been easy. This moment of recognition for our work means the world to both of us."
Lucy Mackinnon (Best Scenic Design of a Play): "I am so, so happy to be nominated for a Tony Award, and thrilled that the whole Christmas Carol design team received nominations. Michael Arden and Jefferson Mays' adaptation of A Christmas Carol is beautiful and brilliant. It's been a joy to work with everyone on the team, and an honor to build this show over four years with Dane, Michael, and Jefferson."
Joshua D. Reid (Best Sound Design of a Play): "This is an honor that you only dream about growing up as an arts enthusiast. It feels unreal. I’m overwhelmed with the deepest love and admiration for the everyone who breathed life into A Christmas Carol; and especially for Jefferson and Michael who brought us through an artistic trance every waking day."
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