Parade, Fosse, Nightingales and Death of a Salesman led the Tony nominations for the 1998-99 season, which were announced at Sardi's on the morning of May 3.
Parade topped the list with nine nominations, including nods for best musical, best score, best book, and its two stars, Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello. The Bob Fosse revue, Fosse, was also nominated for best musical. Death of the Salesman and Not About Nightingales both garnered six nods.
Also announced at the event - there will be multiple hosts for The Tonys this year. Rather than endowing Broadway's biggest annual broadcast to just one person, numerous celebs will share the task. Right now, the actual list is still to be announced.
Actress Uta Hagen, playwright Arthur Miller, American Theatre Wing chairman Isabelle Stevenson and Fool Moon will receive special Tonys. The regional theater Tony Award will go to Crossroads Theatre of New Brunswick, NJ.
Among productions of note to not receive a Tony nod -- no David Hare play (including Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, and Amy's View) was nominated for Best New Play. Also, despite being the longest running new musical of the season, Footloose was not among those up for best new musical. The Tony Awards will be held Sunday, June 6, at the Gershwin Theater. The show will begin at 8 PM (broadcast, for the third year in a row, on PBS-TV) and continue from 9-11 PM, broadcast on CBS TV. Though relations between Tony co-producers the American Theater Wing and the League of American Theatres & Producers had long been rancorous, they recently patched things up and signed a new contract reaching to 2004. CBS, also, has renewed its contract for the Tonys through that year.
A complete list of nominations follows:
Best New Musical:
The Civil War
It Ain't Nothing But the Blues
Best Book of a Musical
Footloose, Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie
It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor & Dan Wheetman
Marlene, Pam Gems
Parade, Alfred Uhry
Best Original Score
Footloose, Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Dean Pitchford, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman
Parade, Jason Robert Brown
The Civil War, Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy
Twelfth Night, Jeanine Tesori
Best Scenic Design
Bob Crowley, The Iceman Cometh
Bob Crowley, Twelfth Night
Riccardo Hernandez, Parade
Richard Hoover, Not About Nightingales
Best Costume Design
Lez Brotherston, Swan Lake
Santo Loquasto, Fosse
John David Ridge, Ring Round the Moon
Catherine Zuber, Twelfth Night
Best Lighting Design
Andrew Bridge, Fosse
Mark Henderson, The Iceman Cometh
Natasha Katz, Twelfth Night
Chris Parry, Not About Nightingales
Ralph Burns & Douglas Besterman, Fosse
David Cullen, Swan Lake
Don Sebesky, Parade
Harold Wheeler, Little Me
[For more information about the four Special Tonys being given, please see the news story, "Hagen, Miller, Stevenson and Fool Moon To Receive Special Tonys."]