When it comes to musicals, the nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards, announced today (Tuesday), focus on a tight little group of contenders, with Fun Home and An American in Paris, each receiving a dozen nods.
Others high on the list are Something Rotten!, with ten nominations, and The King and I, with nine.
On the Twentieth Century and The Visit do relatively well, each gaining five nominations, while On the Town pulls in four. Rounding out the musical citings are The Last Ship, with two, and Gigi, with one.
Almost as newsy are the shows that are totally ignored, including Finding Neverland, Doctor Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You and the revival of Side Show.
The four contenders for Best Musical are:
Fun Home, whose nominations also include nods for its lead actor Michael Cerveris, its lead actress Beth Malone, and three of its featured actresses, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs.
An American in Paris, whose nominations similarly include citings for its male lead Robert Fairchild and female lead Leanne Cope, while two of its featured actors are recognised: Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen.
Something Rotten!, which additionally picked up such nominations as leading actor Brian d’Arcy James and two for featured actors Christian Borle and Brad Oscar.
The Visit, whose five nominations include one for its star Chita Rivera.
There are three shows in the Best Musical Revival race:
The King and I, whose two stars, Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, are also nominated along with featured actress Ruthie Ann Miles.
On the Town, whose other nominations include one for lead actor Tony Yazbeck.
On the Twentieth Century, whose star Kristin Chenoweth and featured actor Andy Karl are among its citings.
The two nominations for the long closed The Last Ship go to Sting for his score and to Rob Mathes’ orchestrations. The single nod for Gigi is for featured actress Victoria Clark.
Among the special awards announced, one is going to John Cameron Mitchell, the librettist of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and its original star when it was produced Off-Broadway. His return to Hedwig in its current Broadway reincarnation after a series of acclaimed performances by others was “a remarkable undertaking”, say the Tony people.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award for volunteer work is being awarded to composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, of Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, for his service with the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and Foundation and as president of the Dramatists Guild.
The Tony Award winners will be revealed on 7 June.
Now, if you’re wondering about Hamilton, the show received like a second coming during its recently closed premiere at The Public Theater, that was an Off-Broadway venue and thus not eligible for the Tonys. It will, however, be transferring to Broadway this summer aiming to sweep the 2016 Tony Awards. As a harbinger of its success, the show has picked up 13 nominations for the 2015 Drama Desk Awards, a competition sponsored by a group of theatre writers and critics, which rather idealistically pits Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway against the behemoths of Broadway. The Drama Desk winners will be revealed on 31 May.
Readers may also be interested in:
An American in Paris – Palace Theatre, New York – Review
Fun Home – Circle in the Square, New York – Review