The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations Announcement

Tony Awards 2018... And the Nominees are...

Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants lead the 2018 Tony nominations with 12 nods each.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

This morning the New York Theatre Guide attended the nominations announcement for The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, co-hosted by "Smash" alumni Leslie Odom, Jr. (Tony Award-winning star of Hamilton) and Katharine McPhee (currently making her Broadway debut in Waitress) at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Leading the pack this year with an impressive total of 12 nominations each are the Broadway premieres of Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, The most-nominated plays this season are the Broadway revival of Angels in America with 11 nominations (breaking the record as the most-nominated play ever!), closely followed by another hit London import, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with 10 nods.

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing also announced that 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen (currently making his Broadway debut in Springsteen on Broadway) and 3-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (last seen on Broadway in his self-penned solo show Latin History for Morons) will both be honored with Special Tony Awards this year.

The Regional Theatre Tony Award will be presented to off-Broadway's La MaMa at this year's ceremony and, as previously reported, multiple-time Tony Award-winning composer and producer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Chita Rivera will be honored with special Tony Awards for "Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre". Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization Nick Scanalios will be honored with The Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for his tireless advocacy and dedication to LGBTQ families nationwide, whilst the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre go to New York Times photographer Sara Krulwich, costume beader Bessie Nelson and Broadway dry cleaning service Ernest Winzer Cleaners

These recipients and all of the winners from the following competitive categories will be announced at The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, co-hosted by Broadway alumni and multi-platinum recording artists Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, on Sunday, June 10, 2018 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 2018 Tony Award nominations by category are:

Best Play

The Children - Author: Lucy Kirkwood

Farinelli and The King - Author: Claire van Kampen

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Author: Jack Thorne

Junk - Author: Ayad Akhtar

Latin History for Morons - Author: John Leguizamo

Best Musical

The Band's Visit


Mean Girls

SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Lobby Hero


Best Revival of a Musical

My Fair Lady

Once On This Island

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Book of a Musical

The Band's Visit - Itamar Moses

Frozen - Jennifer Lee

Mean Girls - Tina Fey

SpongeBob SquarePants - Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Angels in America - Music: Adrian Sutton

The Band's Visit - Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Frozen - Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Mean Girls - Music: Jeff Richmond, Lyrics: Nell Benjamin

SpongeBob SquarePants - Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil'C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée FlemingCarousel
Lindsay Mendez, Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
George C. Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band's Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Santo Loquasto, The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band's Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ann Roth, Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band's Visit

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band's Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants

(Photos by Tom Millward) 

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