Hairspray — with 13 Nods — Tops 2003 Tony Award Nominations
By Robert Simonson
The Tony Award nominations for the 2002-03 Broadway season were announced 8:30 AM (ET) May 12 at Sardi's restaurant by John Lithgow and Melanie Griffith. The 57th annual Tony ceremony will take place June 8 at Radio City Music Hall, to be televised live on CBS (8-11 PM, ET).
The hit musical Hairspray garnered the most nominations of the season — 13 nods — including those for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Marissa Jaret Winokur) and Best Musical. Hairspray will vie for the Best Musical trophy against A Year with Frog and Toad, Movin’ Out and Amour. The latter, the short-lived Michel Legrand musical, received a surprising five nominations, including one for its leading actress Melissa Errico.
Other shows that fared well include Movin' Out (10 nominations), Nine (8 nominations), Long Day's Journey Into Night (7 nominations) and La Boheme (6 nominations). Productions up for the coveted Best Play Tony include Enchanted April, Take Me Out, Say Goodnight Gracie and Vincent in Brixton.
A surprising omission from the list of nominees is Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, the director of the current revival of Gypsy at the Shubert Theatre. That production, however, did receive nominations for its star, Bernadette Peters (Leading Actress in a Musical), as well as those for John Dossett (Featured Actor in a Musical), Tammy Blanchard (Featured Actress in a Musical) and one for Best Revival of a Musical. Another surprise: no nominations for the star-studded production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome: The Reading. Although Al Pacino — who stars in the Wilde opus at the Barrymore — was deemed ineligible for a nomination since he had played the role previously on Broadway, his starry castmates — Marisa Tomei, Dianne Wiest and David Straithairn — were eligible.
The regional theatre Tony Award will be presented to The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Broadway producer Cy Feuer, who is also Chairman of the League of American Theatres and Producers, will be awarded a Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Four Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be awarded to the principal ensemble of La Bohème; hair and wig designer Paul Huntley; the Broadway casting agency Johnson-Liff Casting Associates; and The Acting Company, America’s leading touring theatre company. The Tony Honors will not be presented at the June 12 celebration at Radio City but at a mid-season Tony Awards Community Celebration that will be announced in the coming months by Tony Award Productions.
The complete list of 2003 Tony Award nominees follows:
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL:
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY:
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 BOOK OF A MUSICAL:
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
BEST SCENIC DESIGN:
BEST COSTUME DESIGN :
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN :
SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT:
SPECIAL TONY AWARDS:
Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre:
Cy Feuer for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
The Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN) - Regional Theatre Tony Award
Productions with multiple nominations follow:
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