2017 Tony Awards

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The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by Kevin Spacey.  Spacey opened the show dressed as Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen with a cast that said #HOST and sang a parody of “You Will Be Found” and then transitioned into a Groundhog Day parody and moved the cast to this leg. From there be paid tribute to The Great Comet and then Come From Away to finish off the four Best Musical Nominees.  He also dressed as Norma Desmond and then tap danced it was quite a lot going on.

During the show the cast of Come From Away performed “Welcome to the Rock,” the company of Dear Evan Hansen sang “Waving Through a Window,”  David Hyde Pierce performed “Penny in my Pocket from Hello, Dolly!, and Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone performed “Face to Face” from War Paint.  Further performances included those by the remarkable companies of The Great CometFalsettosGroundhog Day, Bandstand, and Miss Saigon.

Best Play was presented to Oslo and Best Revival of a Play was awarded to August Wilson’s Jitney.  Best Leading Actress in a Play was awarded to Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2 while Best Leading Actor in a Play went to Kevin Kline for Present Laughter. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Michael Aronov for his role in Oslo and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play was awarded to Cynthia Nixon for her role in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Best Direction of a Play was presented to Rebecca Taichman for Indecent.

Best Musical was awarded to Dear Evan Hansen. Best Revival of a Musical was awarded to Hello, Dolly! and Bette Midler took home the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the show. Best Actor in a Musical went to Ben Platt and Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical was presented to Rachel Bay Jones for their roles in Dear Evan Hansen. Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical was awarded to Gavin Creel for his role in Hello, Dolly!.  Best Score and Best Book of a Musical were presented to Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and Steven Levenson respectively for Dear Evan Hansen. Best Orchestrations also went to Alex Lacamoire for the show. Best Direction of a Musical was awarded to Christopher Ashely for Come From Away.

James Earl Jones was presented with this year’s award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Full Red Carpet coverage can be found here.

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2016 Tony Award Nominations


This morning, Tuesday, May 3, Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells announced the 2016 Tony Award Nominations live from the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe in New York City. 

Productions that opened during the 2015 – 2016 Broadway Season on or before the April 28 cut-off date are eligible for Tony Awards this year. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing,  will take place on June 12 at the Beacon Theatre.  The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS at 8/7c.  

Hamilton made history this year for most Tony nominations ever with 16, beating the previous record holders The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009) which received 15 each in their respective nomination years.. 

This year’s Tony nominees are: 

Best Musical
Bright Star 
Hamilton
School of Rock – The Musical
Shuffle Along
Waitress

Best Play
Eclipsed
The Father
The Humans
King Charles III

Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening 

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible 
Arthur Miller’s The View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phlillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock – The Musical
Danny Burnstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smit, King Charles III
Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding,King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s The View From the Bridge

Best Book of a Musical
Steve Martin, Bright Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Julian Fellowes, School of Rock – The Musical
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Original Score
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, School of Rock – The Musical
Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Sheldon Harnick & Marshall W. Mason

Regional Theatre Award
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Special Tony Award
National Endowment for the Arts
Miles Wilkin

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Seth Gelblum
Joan Lader
Sally Ann Parsons


A full list of this year’s nominees can be found here

The 2015 Tony Awards


The American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music hall and broadcast live on CBS, were hosted by On the Twentieth Century star Kristin Cheonweth and The Emcee himself, Alan Cumming.  These two phenoms brought not only wit and humor to their hosting, but also an amazing chemistry within their banter.  This year was also the first year the awards hosted a live-stream of the Red Carpet which was hosted by Laura Osnes, Darren Criss and Sierra Boggess.  They were fantastic Red Carpet hosts, and here’s hoping they host many more Red Carpet events in the future! 

Every year, the Tony nominees seem to be somehow more impressive than in previous years.  This year’s nominees are exceptional! Broadway legend (even though she doesn’t want to be quantified as a legend) Chita Rivera returned to Broadway at the age of 82 in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, An American in Paris is the perfect combination of ballet and musical theatre that tells a beautiful love story, Fun Home has taken what is possible on the contemporary Broadway stage to a new level with a powerful story told by incredibly talented leading ladies, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime  brought to life what it is like to experience the world on the Autism spectrum, and anyone who has seen Something Rotten! and Hand to God can attest to the quality and compelling nature they bring to the stage. There are so many amazing shows and everyone in the industry has been scrambling to see them all! 

  
Kristin and Alan’s opening monologue involved Alan as The Emcee, talk of Wicked, and Dame Helen Mirren.  Something Rotten! was the first performance of the night with an excellent performance of “A Musical!” Immediately following the performance Tony nominee Bradley Cooper awarded Best Actress in a Play to Dame Helen Mirren for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.  Anna Chlumsky and Debra Messing awarded Best Actor to Richard McCabe for his role as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Audience



Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles lead the company of The King and I in a brilliant medley of songs from the show. Followed by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth reenacting the performance, at least in terms of attire. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale presented the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical to Christian Borle for his role in Something Rotten!. Jim Parsons and Taylor Schilling presented the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play to Annaleigh Ashford for her role in You Can’t Take it With You.

The cast of On the Town performed a medley which highlighted the spectacular dance numbers from the show. Alan and Kristin led a performance in honor of Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 10 time Tony winner, Tommy Tune. Tommy Tune then announced the award for Best Direction of a Musical to Sam Gold for Fun Home. The company of Gigi performed “The Night They Invented Champagne” from the show.

Sydney Lucas stole the whole show with an incredible performance of “Ring of Keys!” If that didn’t convince you that you need to see Fun Home, I don’t know what will. The company of Am American in Paris performed a wonderful song and dance medley from the show; the choreography in that show is spectacular!

Corey Stoll and Sutton Foster presented the award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical to Ruthie Ann Miles for her Broadway debut in The King and I. Kristin Chenoweth led the company of On the Twentieth Century in a medley from the show.

The incomparable Chita Rivera led the company of The Visit in a performance “Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You.” Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski presented the award for Best Revival of a Play to Skylight. The cast of Finding Neverland took to the stage to sing “Stronger.” Harry Conick Jr. presented the award for Best Revival of a Musical to The King and I.

Lisa Howard sang “Jenny’s Blues” from It Shoulda Been You. Judith Light presented Alex Sharp, who gave a moving acceptance speech, with the Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Josh Groban sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during the In Memoriam and he was joined by the casts of all of the season’s new musicals on Broadway to finish out the song. This moment made history as the largest amount of performer’s on the Tony’s stage at one time. Bernadette Peters presented the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical to Michael Cerveris for Fun Home. Neil Patrick Harris presented the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical to Kelli O’Hara for her role in The King and I with her first win in the category and her 6th nomination.

Fun Home took home the top award of the night presented by Larry David and Jason Alexander!

Credit: Fun Home Twitter

The night’s biggest winners include Fun Home ,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and An American in Paris. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori made history tonight by being the first female duo to win Best Score and Lisa Kron also took home the Tony for Best Book of a Musical! Congratulations to all of the wonderfully talented Tony nominees and winners!  Marianne Elliot won the Tony for Best Direction of Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and the show also took home the awards for Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Play. An American in Paris took home awards for Best Orchestration, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

A full list of tonight’s winners can be found here

2015 Tony Awards Nominations

This morning, Tuesday, April 28, Mary- Louise Parker and Bruce Willis announced the 2015 Tony Award Nominations live from the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe in New York City. Parker, who is a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, will star in Heisenberg by Simon Stephens Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club beginning in May. Willis is set to make this Broadway debut this fall in Misery, a new stage adaptation by William Goldman of the acclaimed Stephen King novel.

Productions that opened during the 2014 – 2015 Broadway Season on or before the April 23 cut-off date are eligible for Tony Awards this year. The 69th Annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing,  will take place on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.  The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS at 8/7c.  

This year’s Tony nominees are: 

Best Musical
An American In Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Disgraced
Hand to God 
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I 
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
Skylight
This is Our Youth
You Can’t Take it With You

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home 
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American In Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I 
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulilgan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper,The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alan Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American In Paris
Max von Essen, An American In Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On The Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Direction of a Play
Steven Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take it With You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Suelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Book of a Musical
Craig Lucas, An American In Paris
Lisa Kron, Fun Home
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
Terrence McNally, The Visit

Best Original Score
Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Fun Home
Sting, The Last Ship
Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Visit

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Tommy Tune

Regional Theatre Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Stephen Schwartz

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Arnold Abramson
Adrian Bryan-Brown
Gene O’Donovan


A full list of this year’s nominees can be found here