Both the Livent and Disney musicals racked up 12 nominations each, while Golden Child and The Diary of Anne Frank tied for six in the play category.
Dubbed the "People's Choice Awards for Broadway Theatre," the FANYs were founded in 1990 to reward excellence on Broadway. (The acronym initially stood for "FAns of NY theatre" but the organization later changed its name to "Friends of NY Theatre.) FANY nominees are chosen by the membership (open to all) from all Broadway plays which opened May 1, 1997-Apr. 30, 1998. That said, both The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Judas Kiss aren't eligible this year, because members didn't have enough time to see them.
The FANY Award winners will be announced at a ceremony, June 14, 6:30 PM (EST) at the Broadway Grill Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For tickets ($35 members; $50 non-members) and information call (212) 974-0139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reached June 10, FANY founder Steve Ridgeway told Playbill On-Line the voting deadline was June 6, meaning that the FANY's "aren't directly influenced by the Tony Awards" held the next night. "In fact," he said, "1990, our first year, was the last time we matched the Tonys." (City of Angels was the winner.) Expected at this year's FANYs are Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming (Cabaret), Julyana Soelistyo (Golden Child) and Betty Buckley (Triumph of Love). Presenters will include the nominees Jan Maxwell, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, and Rob Marshall (a three-time FANY winner), as well as Robert Cuccioli, Lynn Thigpen, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Daniel McDonald.
Added Ridgeway, "Our niche is that the FANYs are very relaxed. It's the last award of the season, so it's more a celebration than anything else. It's our `thank you' back to the theatre community."
The Lion King;
Outstanding Revival of a Play:
The Diary of Anne Frank;
A View From the Bridge;
Wait Until Dark
Outstanding Revival of a Musical:
The Sound of Music
Outstanding Score of a Musical:
The Lion King (Elton John & Tim Rice)
Ragtime (Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Frank Wildhorn & Nan Knighton)
Side Show (Henry Krieger & Bill Russell)
Outstanding Scenic Design:
John Lee Beatty, (Proposals)
Richard Hudson, (The Lion King)
Andrew Jackness, (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
Adrienne Lobel, (The Diary of Anne Frank)
Tony Straiges, (Golden Child)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:
Leo Burmester, Ah, Wilderness!;
George Hearn, The Diary of Anne Frank;
Randall Duk Kim, Golden Child;
Max Wright, Ivanov.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:
Tsai Chin, (Golden Child)
Sophie Hayden, (The Diary of Anne Frank)
Linda Lavin, (The Diary of Anne Frank)
Julyana Soelistyo, (Golden Child)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical:
Betty Buckley, Triumph of Love
Marin Mazzie, Ragtime
Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner, Side Show;
Natasha Richards, Cabaret
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Max Cassella, The Lion King;
John Benjamin Hickey, Cabaret;
Steven Sutcliffe, Ragtime
Samuel E. Wright, The Lion King.
Outstanding Broadway Debut:
Gregg Barnes, Costume Designer, Side Show
Margaret Colin as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Jackie, An American Life
Scott Irby-Ranniar as Young Simba in The Lion King
Sam Trammell as Richard Miller in Ah, Wilderness!
Here's the run-down of shows and how they fared in nominations:
The Lion King...12
The Diary of Anne Frank...6
he Scarlet Pimpernel...5
A View From the Bridge...3
Jackie, An American Life...2
Wait Until Dark...2
Those interested in joining FANY just need to pay the annual membership fee and fill out an application. The annual fee is $25 basic membership with right to vote; $15 for seniors/students. Says spokesperson Steve Ridgeway, "There are also different levels of membership, the highest being $200, which gets you two free tickets to the FANY Awards, your name in the program, and sometimes a special reception with the presenters and nominees." Member tickets to the FANY awards are generally $35.
For a membership application, just call (212) 974-0139. "Anybody can become a member," says Ridgeway. "One restriction -- You're not allowed to cast a preliminary (nominations) ballot for a show if you're working on it, but you are allowed to vote."
Attending last year's FANY ceremony were Wendy Wasserstein, Julie Harris, eey, Al Hirschfeld, Karen Ziemba and Gregory Harrison (Steel Pier), Brian D'Arcy James, Victoria Clark and Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Chuck Cooper, David Newman & Ira Gasman (The Life), Robert Cuccioli & Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Marcia Lewis, Steve Ross and Beth Fowler.
-- By David Lefkowitz