Joe Egg Stirs Tony's Notice for Third Time Running

Tony Awards   Joe Egg Stirs Tony's Notice for Third Time Running Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg continued its winning streak with the Tonys on May 12, when the nominations for the 2002-03 season were announced. The Roundabout Theatre Company revival was nominated for four awards: Best Revival of a Play; Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, for Eddie Izzard; Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for Victoria Hamilton; and Best Director of a Play for Laurence Boswell.

Victoria Hamilton and Eddie Izzard in a scene from A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
Victoria Hamilton and Eddie Izzard in a scene from A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The Roundabout revival marks the third time Broadway has seen the unnerving modern classic by the British Nichols. It was first produced on Broadway in 1967 and again in 1983 (also a Roundabout presentation).

Both productions were nominated for Tonys, the first for Best Play, the second for Best Reproduction. The latter version won the award.

Actors appearing in stagings of Joe Egg have been particularly fortunate. Albert Finney and Zena Walker of the 1967 original were nominated, with Walker winning. Eighteen years later, Jim Dale, Stockard Channing and Joanna Gleason were nominated, with Channing victorious.

Boswell, meanwhile, is the second director to be noticed for his work on the drama; Michael Blakemore netted a nod for his piloting of the first mounting.

Victoria Hamilton and Eddie Izzard in a scene from <i>A Day in the Death of Joe Egg</i>.
Victoria Hamilton and Eddie Izzard in a scene from A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. (Photo by Joan Marcus)