Triple Threats: Still, Crowley Get Three Tony Noms; Sheik, Holmes Among Doubles

Tony Awards   Triple Threats: Still, Crowley Get Three Tony Noms; Sheik, Holmes Among Doubles Hearing one's name called when the Tony Award nominations are announced is honor enough to make theatre artists giddy for the rest of the year. Imagine hearing it twice or even three times: Melly Still, Bob Crowley, Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Rupert Holmes are among those who did.

Broadway newcomer Melly Still earned her first, second and third Tony Award nominations for her work on the London transfer of Coram Boy. Still earned a nod for Best Direction of a Play, and with collaborator Ti Green (who also earned two nominations) she also vies in the Scenic Design and Costume Design for a Play categories.

Broadway veteran Rupert Holmes — who earned his two Tony Awards for Score and Book to his The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1986 — will compete again in those same categories this year for his work on Curtains. Holmes shares credit for the book with the late Peter Stone and for score (lyrics, specifically) with John Kander and the late Fred Ebb.

Yet another new face on Broadway, lyricist-librettist Steven Sater will vie against veteran Holmes with his first two nominations in Best Book and Score for the musical Spring Awakening. Fellow newcomer and double nominee, composer Duncan Sheik, shares the nomination in the Best Original Score category for his music to Spring Awakening. The singer-songwriter who made the pop-to-Broadway crossover was also among those nominated for Best Orchestrations.

In the Orchestrations category Sheik compete against Jonathan Tunick and Jonathan Tunick. The veteran music man (who has served on Broadway as an orchestrator and arranger since 1960's From A to Z) was recognized for his work on both LoveMusik and 110 in the Shade (he also worked this season on The Apple Tree and A Chorus Line revivals). Tunick's nominations are his sixth and seventh in the category since winning in 1997 for Titanic. (He was also nominated for Marie Christine and the revivals of Follies, Nine and Pacific Overtures.)

The 2005 expansion of the design awards (to honor work in plays and musicals separately) led Bob Crowley and Brian MacDevitt to reap the benefits. Crowley — who earned his third Tony Award last season for The History Boys (following wins for Aida and Carousel) — has previously been a double nominee three times: in 2000 (both for Aida), 1999 (The Iceman Cometh and Twelfth Night) and 1987 (two noms. for Les Liaisons Dangereuses). It was only a matter of time before the busy double-duty designer (scenic and costume) would hit it threefold. For the 2007 Tony Awards, Crowley was noted for his scenic and costume design on Mary Poppins and (with Scott Pask) for scenic design of the play The Coast of Utopia.

MacDevitt competes with himself in the Best Lighting Design of a Play category for Inherit the Wind and (with collaborators Kenneth Posner and Natasha Katz) on The Coast of Utopia. He, too, has previously seen double nominations in 2004 when nominated for Fiddler on the Roof and Henry IV. (He won for 2002's Into the Woods and 2005's The Pillowman.)

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