Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tony Nominations


The American Theatre Wing announced the nominations for the 2009 Tony Awards bright and early this morning. "Billy Elliot" is the big leader here, with a grand total of 15 nominations in the musical categories. Yes, it's actually up against "Shrek the Musical". Wasn't the critical consensus that "Shrek" was abyssmal? Did i miss something? It must not have been a good year for original productions.
Hit the jump for the complete list of nominees.



Nominations for the 2009 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards


Best Play

Dividing the Estate (Author: Horton Foote; Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Bernard Gersten, André Bishop, Primary Stages)


God of Carnage (Author: Yasmina Reza; Producers: Robert Fox, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company, The Shubert Organization)


Reasons to Be Pretty (Author: Neil LaBute; Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, MCC Theater, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Ted Snowdon, Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz, Ronald Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Kathleen Seidel, Kelpie Arts, LLC, Jam Theatricals, Rachel Helson/Heather Provost)


33 Variations (Author: Moisés Kaufman; Producers: David Binder, Ruth Hendel, Goldberg/Mills, Latitude Link, Arielle Tepper Madover, Bill Resnick, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Wills/True Love Productions, Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Reiner, Dominick Balletta, Jeffrey LaHoste)


Best Musical


Billy Elliot, The Musical (Producers: Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions, Weinstein Live Entertainment)


Next to Normal (Producers: David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, Ellen Richard)


Rock of Ages (Producers: Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Relativity Media, Corner Store Fund, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Toni Habib, Paula Davis, Simon and Stefany Bergson/Jennifer Maloney, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Israel Wolfson, Sara Katz/Jayson Raitt, Max Gottlieb/John Butler, David Kaufman/Jay Franks, Mike Wittlin, Prospect Pictures, Laura Smith/Bill Bodnar, Happy Walters, Michele Caro, The Araca Group)


Shrek The Musical (Producers: Dreamworks Theatricals, Neal Street Productions)


Best Book of a Musical


Billy Elliot, The Musical (Lee Hall)


Next to Normal (Brian Yorkey)


Shrek The Musical (David Lindsay-Abaire)


[Title of Show] (Hunter Bell)




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


Billy Elliot, The Musical (Music: Elton John; Lyrics: Lee Hall)


Next to Normal (Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey)


9 to 5: The Musical (Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton)


Shrek The Musical (Music: Jeanine Tesori; Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire)





Best Revival of a Play


Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten)


Mary Stuart (New Version: Peter Oswald; Producers: Arielle Tepper Madover, Debra Black, Neal Street Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Scott Delman, Barbara Whitman, Jean Doumanian/Ruth Hendel, David Binder/CarlWend Productions/Spring Sirkin, Daryl Roth/James L. Nederlander/Chase Mishkin, The Donmar Warehouse)


The Norman Conquests (Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Dede Harris, Tulchin/Bartner/Lauren Doll, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Harriet Newman Leve, Probo Productions, Douglas G. Smith, Michael Filerman/Jennifer Manocherian, Richard Winkler, Dan Frishwasser, Pam Laudenslager/Remmel T. Dickinson, Jane Dubin/True Love Productions, Barbara Manocherian/Jennifer Isaacson, The Old Vic Theatre Company)


Waiting for Godot (Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Elizabeth Ireland McCann)





Best Revival of a Musical


Guys and Dolls (Producers: Howard Panter and Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, Tom Gregory, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., David Mirvish, Michael Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Sonia Friedman Productions)


Hair (Producers: The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Andrew D. Hamingson, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Productions, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/Wencarlar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, Jam Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes, Elizabeth Ireland McCann)

Pal Joey (Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Marc Platt)

West Side Story (Producers: Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller, Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company, Broadway Across America)




Best Special Theatrical Event


Liza’s at The Palace (Producers: John Scher and Metropolitan Talent Presents, LLC; Jubilee Time Productions, LLC)


Slava’s Snowshow (Producers: David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Judith Marinoff Cohn, John Pinckard)


Soul of Shaolin (Producers: Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC; Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Group; China on Broadway)


You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush (Producer: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Home Box Office Inc., Gary Sanchez Productions, Bat-Barry Productions, Ken Davenport, Ergo Entertainment, Ronald Frankel, Jon B. Platt, James D. Stern, The Weinstein Company, Tara Smith/b. Swibel, Dede Harris/Sharon Karmazin, Arny Granat)





Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play


Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage

Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow

James Gandolfini, God of Carnage

Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King

Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty





Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play


Hope Davis, God of Carnage

Jane Fonda, 33 Variations

Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage

Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart

Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart





Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical


David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish – Billy Elliot, The Musical

Gavin Creel - Hair

Brian d’Arcy James - Shrek The Musical

Constantine Maroulis - Rock of Ages

J. Robert Spencer - Next to Normal





Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical


Stockard Channing, Pal Joey

Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical

Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical

Alice Ripley, Next to Normal

Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story





Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play


John Glover, Waiting for Godot

Zach Grenier, 33 Variations

Stephen Mangan, The Norman Conquests

Paul Ritter, The Norman Conquests

Roger Robinson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone





Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play


Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate

Jessica Hynes, The Norman Conquests

Marin Ireland, Reasons to Be Pretty

Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit

Amanda Root, The Norman Conquests





Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical


David Bologna, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5: The Musical

Christopher Sieber, Shrek The Musical

Will Swenson, Hair





Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical


Jennifer Damiano, Next to Normal

Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Karen Olivo, West Side Story

Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey

Carole Shelley, Billy Elliot, The Musical





Best Scenic Design of a Play


Dale Ferguson, Exit the King

Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests

Derek McLane, 33 Variations

Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone





Best Scenic Design of a Musical


Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls

Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Scott Pask, Pal Joey

Mark Wendland, Next to Normal





Best Costume Design of a Play


Dale Ferguson, Exit the King

Jane Greenwood, Waiting for Godot

Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit

Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart





Best Costume Design of a Musical


Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages

Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical

Michael McDonald, Hair





Best Lighting Design of a Play


David Hersey, Equus

David Lander, 33 Variations

Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart





Best Lighting Design of a Musical


Kevin Adams, Hair

Kevin Adams, Next to Normal

Howell Binkley, West Side Story

Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot, The Musical





Best Sound Design of a Play


Paul Arditti, Mary Stuart

Gregory Clarke, Equus

Russell Goldsmith, Exit the King

Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone





Best Sound Design of a Musical


Acme Sound Partners, Hair

Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Peter Hylenski, Rock of Ages

Brian Ronan, Next to Normal





Best Direction of a Play


Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart

Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage

Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests





Best Direction of a Musical


Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Michael Greif, Next to Normal

Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages

Diane Paulus, Hair





Best Choreography


Karole Armitage, Hair

Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical

Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas





Best Orchestrations


Larry Blank, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Martin Koch, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal

Danny Troob and John Clancy, Shrek The Musical







Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Jerry Herman





Regional Theatre Tony Award

Signature Theatre, Arlington, Va.





Isabelle Stevenson Award

Phyllis Newman





Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Shirley Herz

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