All in the Family: Tony Award Nominees Continue a Family Tradition

Tony Awards   All in the Family: Tony Award Nominees Continue a Family Tradition Shreiber and Redgrave were among the names announced for the Tony Award nominations both this and last year. The two sets of actors are among those keeping up a family tradition.

Liev Schreiber — who earned a Tony Award in 2005 for Glengarry Glen Ross — will make a return to the ceremony this year with his nomination for Talk Radio. Last season, his half-brother Pablo Schreiber kept the family name in the running with his nomination for Awake and Sing!

The Redgraves are almost synonymous with acting, with five generations of thespians. Current nominee (and 2005 winner for Long Day's Journey into Night) Vanessa Redgrave follows sister Lynn Redgrave's nomination last year (for The Constant Wife) with a nod for her turn in A Year of Magical Thinking. (Their brother, Corin Redgrave, was nominated in 1999 for Not About Nightingales, and father Michael Redgrave in 1956 for Tiger at the Gates. Also, Vanessa's daughter, Natasha Richardson, is a two-time nominee, and a winner for Cabaret in 1998.)

Starting their own custom are newlyweds Sutton Foster and Christian Borle. Following her 2002 win for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster earned her third nomination last year for The Drowsy Chaperone. (The previous year she was up for Little Women.) This year, husband Borle takes up the torch with his nomination for Legally Blonde. (If one includes Hunter Foster's (Sutton's brother) nomination for Little Shop of Horrors, the brood has been in the Tony limelight each year since 2004.)

Rebecca Luker attended last year's Tony Awards ceremony as the proud wife of another The Drowsy Chaperone nominee, Danny Burstein. This year, Burstein will likely be in tow as the proud hubby, as Luker vies for a Tony for her performance in Mary Poppins. The nomination marks Luker's third shot at the grand prize, following nods for Show Boat (in 1995) and The Music Man (2000). And, it should be noted, Radio Golf's Tony-nominated scenic designer David Gallo — who won the Tony last season for The Drowsy Chaperone — is of no relation to lighting designer Paul Gallo. The latter Gallo was nominated last season for Three Days of Rain.