2006-2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms
By Andrew Gans
The 2006-2007 Tony Award nominations were announced May 15 by Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski and former Rent star Taye Diggs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Spring Awakening, the new musical that was a hit Off-Broadway before opening on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, garnered 11 Tony nominations, the most of any show of the season. Both the Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, and the new musical Grey Gardens received 10 nominations a piece.
Other shows that fared well include the Kander-Ebb-Rupert Holmes musical Curtains (eight nominations), the movie-turned-musical Legally Blonde (seven nominations), the new Disney musical Mary Poppins (seven nominations), the British import Coram Boy (six nominations), the revival of Journey's End (six nominations) and the Roundabout's revival of 110 in the Shade (five nominations).
There were several theatre folk who received multiple nominations: Both Bob Crowley and Melly Still received three nominations apiece. Crowley was nommed for Best Scenic Design of a Play for Coast of Utopia (with Scott Pask), Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Mary Poppins and Best Costume Design of a Musical for Mary Poppins. Still received nominations for Best Direction of a Play (Coram Boy), Best Scenic Design of a Play (with Ti Green for Coram Boy) and Best Costume Design of a Play (also with Ti Green for Coram Boy). The Spring Awakening creators also fared well: Steven Sater received nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, while Duncan Sheik was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. Jonathan Tunick received two Best Orchestrations Tony nominations: for LoveMusik and 110 in the Shade. Brian MacDevitt was also a double-nominee in the same category: He received Best Lighting Design of a Play nominations for Inherit the Wind and The Coast of Utopia (the latter with Kenneth Posner and Natasha Katz). And, Rupert Holmes, who won two Tonys for his work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was nominated in two categories for Curtains: Best Book of a Musical (with Peter Stone) and Best Original Score (with John Kander and Fred Ebb).
Notable omissions include Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, who did not receive a Best Leading Actress in a Musical nomination for her acclaimed performance in The Apple Tree; stage veteran Marian Seldes, who failed to receive a nomination for her work in Deuce, although her co-star Angela Lansbury did; multiple Tony winner Harold Prince, who was not nominated for his direction of LoveMusik; Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, who did not receive a nomination for his performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten; and the exclusion of Legally Blonde from the Best Musical category.
Nominees for the 61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards follow:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Legally Blonde The Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Special Theatrical Event
Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Play
Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical
Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Play
Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical
Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Regional Theatre Tony Award
The number of nominations each show received follows:
This 2007 Tony Award Nominating Committee included Victoria Bailey, Joe Benincasa, Susan Birkenhead, Edward Burbridge, Robert Callely, Ben Cameron, Betty Corwin, John Dias, Mercedes Ellington, Sue Frost, Joanna Gleason, Andrew Jackness, Betty Jacobs, Robert Kamlot, Todd London, Jon Nakagawa, Lynn Nottage, Gilbert Parker, Jonathan Reynolds, Steven Suskin, Jac Venza, Tom Viola, and Franklin Weissberg.
The 61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards — saluting the best of the Broadway theatre season — will be presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. A host has yet to be named.
The Tony Awards are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.
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