The 2010-2011 season may be remembered as the year of the director-choreographer, with Rob Ashford (How to Succeed...), Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) and Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) each garnering nominations in the Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography categories. Nicholaw shared his directorial nomination with co-director and Book of Mormon co-author Trey Parker.
Sound designer Brian Ronan picked up dual nominations for The Book of Mormon and Anything Goes; while orchestrator Larry Hochman was recognized for Best Orchestrations for The Scottsboro Boys as well as The Book of Mormon, an honor he shares with Stephen Oremus.
Five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber also nabbed nominations for her period costumes for Born Yesterday and How to Succeed, bringing her to a total of ten Tony nominations to date.
One dual nomination many theatre insiders were expecting was for Mark Rylance, who earned a Best Actor in a Play nomination for Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, but didn't catch the Tony Nominating Committee's eye for his unanimously praised performance in the revival of David Hirson's La Bête.