Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, who brought the Tony Award-nominated revival of the musical Wonderful Town to Broadway, was acknowledged for her dual role in the staging, nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography.
Marshall, who has been previously nominated for her choreographic work on the revival of Kiss Me, Kate, earns her Tony nomination for direction for her Broadway debut as a director. Her previous choreography credits on Broadway include the current revival of Little Shop of Horrors, as well as Follies, Seussical, Ring Round the Moon, 1776 and Swinging on a Star.
Designer Brian MacDevitt is no stranger to the Tonys as he won an award in 2002 for his lighting design of Into The Woods and was nominated last year for his work on Nine. The ever-employed MacDevitt, who lent his talents to five productions this Broadway season, takes home two nominations in 2004 for Fiddler on the Roof and Henry IV.
MacDevitt has worked regularly on Broadway since 1994 with his long list of credits reading A Raisin in the Sun, Match, The Retreat From Moscow, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Nine, Tartuffe, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Morning's at Seven, The Women, Urinetown, Major Barbara, A Thousand Clowns, The Invention of Love, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Dinner Party, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, True West, Night Must Fall, Wait Until Dark, The Diary of Anne Frank, Proposals, Side Show, Present Laughter, Sex and Longing, Summer and Smoke, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion! and What's Wrong With This Picture?
Two-time Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner was honored doubly for his first musical venture Caroline, or Change. Nominated as a librettist and lyricist, Kushner will compete in the Best Book category and with collaborating composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) in the Best Score category. The scribe won his previous Tony honors for his work on the two-part epic Angels in America — Millennium Approaches in 1993 and Perestroika in 1994.