2007-2008 Tony Nominations Announced; In the Heights Earns 13 Noms
By Andrew Gans
The 2007-2008 Tony Award nominations were announced May 13 by Tony Award winners Sara Ramirez and David Hyde Pierce at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Nominees for Best Musical include Cry-Baby, In the Heights, Passing Strange and Xanadu.
In the Heights, which began life at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts prior to arriving at the Richard Rodgers Theatre earlier this year, earned the most nominations of any show this season: 13. In addition to a Best Musical nomination, the Washington Heights-based musical also picked up nods for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance By a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Other productions that fared well include the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, which picked up 11 nominations, and the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, which nabbed nine nominations. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts drama August: Osage County earned seven nominations, as did the revival of Gypsy and the new musical Passing Strange.
There were also several individuals who earned multiple Tony nominations. Pop artist Stew heads the list with four nominations for the new musical Passing Strange: Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (with Heidi Rodewald), Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Orchestrations (with Rodewald). In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up two nominations: Best Original Score and Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical. Others with dual Tony nominations include David Farley (Scenic and Costume Design for Sunday in the Park with George; the former with Timothy Bird and The Knifedge Creative Network), Peter McKintosh (Scenic and Costume Design for The 39 Steps) and Donald Holder (Lighting Design for Les Liaisons Dangereuses and South Pacific).
A Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be given to famed Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, while another Special Tony will be awarded posthumously to orchestrator Robert Russell Bennet in "recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theatre in the field of orchestrations, as represented on Broadway this season by Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific." The Regional Theatre Tony Award will be given to Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Notable omissions include Tony Award winner Kevin Kline, who did not receive a Best Actor in a Play nomination for his acclaimed performance in the revival of Cyrano de Bergerac; Cheyenne Jackson, who failed to receive a Best Actor in a Musical nomination for his work in Xanadu; Elizabeth Marvel, who was overlooked for her powerful performance in Top Girls; the exclusion of A Catered Affair from the Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score of a Musical categories; and the lack of a single nomination for the Debbie Allen-directed revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which features such Broadway favorites as Phylicia Rashad, James Earl Jones and Anika Noni Rose.
Nominees for the 62nd Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards follow:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
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
Best Sound Design of a Play
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Special Tony Award
How many nominations each show received:
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards — hosted by Tony and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg — will be presented June 15. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live from Radio City Music Hall, 8-11 PM ET. (Red-carpet arrivals will begin at 6 PM).
The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. CBS has broadcast the annual event since 1978.
For more information visit www.TonyAwards.com.
At the League, Nina Lannan is chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is executive director. At the Wing, Sondra Gilman is chairman, Doug Leeds is president and Howard Sherman is executive director.
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