Broadway director and choreographer Rob Marshall earned two Emmy Award nominations, for his direction and choreography, for the TV musical, "Annie," it was announced July 20.
Other theatre vets and projects were also nominated for Emmys, honoring the best in television, as decided by the members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The hit TV version of the Broadway musical, Annie, earned 12 nominations, among them Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan), Outstanding Made for TV Movie, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries, Movie or Special, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or Special, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Music Direction (Paul Bogaev), among other technical awards. The ABC "Wonderful World of Disney" broadcast was a big hit in fall 1999.
The PBS "Great Performances" production of "Crazy For You," from the Paper Mill Playhouse, earned a nom for Outstanding Direction for a Variety or Music Program (for Matthew Diamond).
Elizabeth Franz was nominated for her "supporting" performance as Linda Loman is the Showtime TV remount of "Death of a Salesman," with the cast and staging of the recent Broadway revival. Brian Dennehy was also nommed for Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, for reprising his Broadway Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman." Theatre and TV actress Nancy Marchand earned a posthumous nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her work on HBO's "The Sopranos." She died June 18 after a long bout with cancer.
The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sept. 10 in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.
-- By Kenneth Jones