Among the television programs vying for Emmy Awards this year are the 1998 Tony Awards ceremony and solo Broadway concerts by Jerry Seinfeld and John Leguizamo. The nominees were announced July 22.
Both Jerry Seinfeld's I'm Telling You For The Last Time and John Leguizamo's Freak were nominated for Outstanding Special, alongside the `98 Tonys, the Oscars, and an HBO special by comedian George Carlin.
The Tonys also picked up a nod for Outstanding Direction of a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Oddly enough, Paul Miller, the nominated director, is the son of Tony producer Walter Miller, himself nominated alongside co-producer Rosie O'Donnell and supervising producer Roy Somlyo for the Outstanding Special Award. Not only that, the other Directing category nominees include the 1998 Grammy Awards, which were staged by the elder Miller. In other words, father and son are therefore competing in the same category.
It should also be noted that although labeled the 1999 Emmy Awards, the Tony show in question was aired June 7, 1998 -- that is, the ceremony hosted by Rosie O'Donnell at Radio City Music Hall, and not the more recent event at the Gershwin Theatre.
Among other theatre-oriented nominations: * "The Baby Dance," a cable movie based on Jane Anderson's play of the same title, is nominated for "Writing For A Miniseries or a Movie." Its star, Stockard Channing, is nominated for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
* The Seinfeld HBO concert picking up another nomination for "Technical Direction / Camera / Video For A Special."
The Awards, to be given out Sept. 12 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, will be broadcast live on the Fox network.