Monday, May 12, 2008

And The Tony Nominees Go To...

And The Tony Nominees Go To...

This morning, the nominations for the American Theatre Wing’s 62nd annual Tony Awards ceremonies.

Whoopi Goldberg will host the 2008 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 15. The CBS broadcast will air beginning at 8 p.m. EDT.

Here are the nominees:

Best Play
August: Osage County - Author: Tracy Letts
Rock ‘N’ Roll - Author: Tom Stoppard
The Seafarer - Author: Conor McPherson
The 39 Steps - Author: Patrick Barlow

Best Musical
Cry-Baby
In The Heights
Passing Strange
Xanadu

Best Book of a Musical
Cry-Baby - Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
In The Heights - Quiara Alegría Hudes
Passing Strange - Stew
Xanadu - Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Cry-Baby - Music & Lyrics: David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
In The Heights - Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Little Mermaid - Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Passing Strange - Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Lyrics: Stew

Best Revival of a Play
Boeing-Boeing
The Homecoming
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Macbeth

Best Revival of a Musical
Grease
Gypsy
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Sunday In The Park With George

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Ben Daniels - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood
Mark Rylance - Boeing-Boeing
Rufus Sewell - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Patrick Stewart - Macbeth

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eve Best - The Homecoming
Deanna Dunagan - August: Osage County
Kate Fleetwood - Macbeth
S. Epatha Merkerson - Come Back, Little Sheba
Amy Morton - August: Osage County

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Daniel Evans - Sunday In The Park With George
Lin-Manuel Miranda - In The Heights
Stew - Passing Strange
Paulo Szot - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Tom Wopat - A Catered Affair

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kerry Butler - Xanadu
Patti LuPone - Gypsy
Kelli O’Hara - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Faith Prince - A Catered Affair
Jenna Russell - Sunday In The Park With George

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale - Mauritius
Raúl Esparza - The Homecoming
Conleth Hill - The Seafarer
Jim Norton - The Seafarer
David Pittu - Is He Dead?

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Sinead Cusack - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Mary McCormack - Boeing-Boeing
Laurie Metcalf - November
Martha Plimpton - Top Girls
Rondi Reed - August: Osage County

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Daniel Breaker - Passing Strange
Danny Burstein - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Robin De Jesús - In The Heights
Christopher Fitzgerald - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Boyd Gaines - Gypsy

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
de’Adre Aziza - Passing Strange
Laura Benanti - Gypsy
Andrea Martin - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Olga Merediz - In The Heights
Loretta Ables Sayre - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Peter McKintosh - The 39 Steps
Scott Pask - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Todd Rosenthal - August: Osage County
Anthony Ward - Macbeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network - Sunday In The Park With George
Anna Louizos - In The Heights
Robin Wagner - The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Michael Yeargan - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Best Costume Design of a Play
Gregory Gale - Cyrano de Bergerac
Rob Howell - Boeing-Boeing
Katrina Lindsay - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Peter McKintosh - The 39 Steps

Best Costume Design of a Musical
David Farley - Sunday In The Park With George
Martin Pakledinaz - Gypsy
Paul Tazewell - In The Heights
Catherine Zuber - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Kevin Adams - The 39 Steps
Howard Harrison - Macbeth
Donald Holder - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Ann G. Wrightson - August: Osage County

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington - Sunday In The Park With George
Howell Binkley - In The Heights
Donald Holder - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Natasha Katz - The Little Mermaid

Best Sound Design of a Play
Simon Baker - Boeing-Boeing
Adam Cork - Macbeth
Ian Dickson - Rock ‘N’ Roll
Mic Pool - The 39 Steps

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners - In The Heights
Sebastian Frost - Sunday In The Park With George
Scott Lehrer - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Dan Moses Schreier - Gypsy

Best Direction of a Play
Maria Aitken - The 39 Steps
Conor McPherson - The Seafarer
Anna D. Shapiro - August: Osage County
Matthew Warchus - Boeing-Boeing

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Buntrock - Sunday In The Park With George
Thomas Kail - In The Heights
Arthur Laurents - Gypsy
Bartlett Sher - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford - Cry-Baby
Andy Blankenbuehler - In The Heights
Christopher Gattelli - Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Dan Knechtges - Xanadu

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr - Sunday In The Park With George
Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman - In The Heights
Stew & Heidi Rodewald - Passing Strange
Jonathan Tunick - A Catered Affair



I'm beyond ecstatic for the cast and crew of August: Osage County. When I first saw the show last August in Chicago, I knew this was something very, very special. The show has earned 7 nominations including for the stellar performances by Deanna Dunagan and Amy Morton in the Best Actress in a Play category and the effervescent Rondi Reed in the Best Featured Actress in a Play category. Of course, it has also earned nods for Best Play for Tracy Letts and Best Direction for Anna D. Shapiro.

On the musical side, my big question is, "Where is A Catered Affair?" To think that nominators chose the tacky Cry-Baby in several key categories over the lovely chamber musical has me reeling. And nominators, just because you have four open slots in a category doesn't mean you actually have to fill them ... how else to explain the nod to Grease for Best Revival of a Musical, alongside such gems as Gypsy, South Pacific and Sunday In The Park With George?

I'll provide more commentary later.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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9 Comments:

At 13 May, 2008, Blogger Vance said...

Im still digesting the noms but overall pretty good. I haven't seen A catered affair or cry baby but just based on the gossip, I'm kinda laughing at Cry Babys noms and ACA's shut outs.

No Cheyenne but I guess its a tough field this year. Yay! for August! Yay for Passing Strange and In the Heights and all the revivals (then again, what competition do they really have?)

Still, not as many heinous choices as a typical year.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Steve,

I hate to respectfully disagree with you: I loved Cry-Baby and was disappointed by ACA. I thought I was in the extreme minority, but obviously a majority of the Tony committee agreed with me.

I hope for Laura Benanti's sake that she does not miss any more performances. If she does, I'm sure the voters will gladly give the Featured Actress Tony to Olga Merediz instead.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Anonymous dylan said...

I think this is the first year I've actually seen ALL the nominated shows! I agree, the nomination for Cry-Baby for Best Musical is absurd. Catered Affair was in a whole other class and deserved to have the nomination. Hell, even Young Frankenstein was more deserved. Funny thing is, of all the Best Musical nominations, I actually enjoyed Xanadu the most. I'm also excited for Boeing-Boeing's nominations. That show was wonderful.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

I think Xanadu may just win Best book! I'm sorry Cheyenne did not get nominated...that sucks!

 
At 13 May, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Vance, Like you, I loved Passing Strange and believe it should win Best Musical, but will likely lose to In The Heights. You're also right that most of the choices were not quite so heinous as in other years.

BB, I appreciate your respectfully disagreeing with me. That's what makes theatre what it is, right? Although I have a respectful disagreement with you - if they don't award the Best Featured Actress to the amazing Laura Benanti (which I agree they should), I hope it goes to Andrea Martin, who was the best thing about Young Frankenstein by far.

Dylan, Like you, this is the first year where I've actually seen all the nominated shows. Like you I also believe that A Catered Affair deserved so much better. Replacing a class act with a crass act is disgusting. But unlike you, I'll personally be pulling for Passing Strange, but would happily settle for Xanadu as Best Musical.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Steve,I loved Xanadu and would be happy if it won best musical. I enjoyed ITH very much so I would be happy to see it win.

As for the 2nd choice for Best Supporting Actress, I agree that Andrea Martin was the best thing about YF, just like she was the only saving grace of the absolutely awful Trevor Nunn/Susan Stroman Oklahoma revival.

I'm actually not surprised by Grease getting a slot on the Tonys. The show has been a commercial success and will do great business on tour. While almost every critic and every self-respecting showtune queen hated it , the WSJ and Time Magazine did give it raves.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

BB, See my latest story for why Grease was nominated.

 
At 13 May, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

One more thing- I think Raul will finally get his Tony...after surprisingly losing the Tony to David Hyde Pierce last year, I'm sure Tony voters will give him a Tony for "The Homecoming".

 
At 13 May, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

BB, I think you may be right, especially since the two from The Seafarer could very well split the votes (personally, I'd vote for Norton). However, a win by Esparza would still be deserved.

 

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