Wild Party, Contact Lead FANY Noms; Awards June 25

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03 May 2000

Michael John LaChiusa's Wild Party and Contact are the big nominees -- with nine apiece -- for the Friends of New York Theatre Awards. Nominations were announced May 3 for the “FANYs,” which will be voted on by the Friends' members and then awarded June 25.

Michael John LaChiusa's Wild Party and Contact are the big nominees -- with nine apiece -- for the Friends of New York Theatre Awards. Nominations were announced May 3 for the “FANYs,” which will be voted on by the Friends' members and then awarded June 25.

It's a good year for LaChiusa, as far as FANYs are concerned. Not only did the composer-lyricist garner four nominations himself, his Marie Christine earned seven noms, the fourth most of any Broadway production in the FANY season (March 28, 1999-March 30, 2000). Other high scorers include Kiss Me, Kate (8 noms) and Aida, Swing!, James Joyce’s The Dead and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, all tying with five each.

Since 2000's deadline was March 30, this year's Awards do not include The Green Bird, The Music Man, Dirty Blonde and Uncle Vanya. 1999 shows rendered ineligible for last year's awards which are eligible in 2000 are The Iceman Cometh, Marlene, Ring Round the Moon, Fascinating Rhythm, Amy's View, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and The Lonesome West.

The list of nominees follows:



Outstanding Play
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller
True West by Sam Shepard
Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward & Jeremy Sams

Outstanding Musical
Contact
James Joyce’s The Dead
Kat and the Kings
Marie Christine
The Wild Party

Outstanding Revue or Unique Theatrical Experience
Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
Much Ado About Everything
Riverdance
Swing

Outstanding Revival
The Iceman Cometh
Kiss Me, Kate
A Moon for the Misbegotten
The Real Thing

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Contact , John Weidman
The Dead , Richard Nelson
Marie Christine , Michael John LaChiusa
The Wild Party , Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe

Outstanding Score of a Musical
Marie Christine , Michael John LaChiusa
Kat and the Kings , Taliep Petersen & David Kramer
Squonk , Jackie Dempsey & Jana Losey
The Wild Party , Michael John LaChiusa

Outstanding Director: Play
Howard Davies, The Iceman Cometh
David Esbjornson, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
David Leveaux, The Real Thing
Matthew Warchus, True West

Outstanding Director: Musical
Michael Blakemore, Kiss Me, Kate
Graciela Daniele, Marie Christine
Richard Nelson, The Dead
Susan Stroman, Contact

Outstanding Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall, Kiss Me, Kate
Arlene Phillips, Saturday Night Fever
Susan Stroman, Contact
Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Swing

Outstanding Scenic Design
Michael Brown, The Price
Bob Crowley, Aida
Robin Wagner, Kiss Me, Kate
Robin Wagner, The Wild Party

Outstanding Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James, Marie Christine
Toni-Leslie James, The Wild Party
Martin Pakledinaz, Kiss Me, Kate
John David Ridge, Ring Round the Moon

Outstanding Lighting Designer
Paul Constable, Amadeus
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, The Wild Party
Peter Kaczorowski, Contact
Natasha Katz, Aida

Outstanding Leading Actor: Play
Michael Cumpsty, Copenhagen
Philip Seymour Hoffman, True West
Kevin Spacey, The Iceman Cometh
Patrick Stewart, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

Outstanding Leading Actress: Play
Olympia Dukakis, Rose
Rosemary Harris, Waiting in the Wings
Judith Ivey, Voices in the Dark
Cherry Jones, The Moon for the Misbegotten

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Play
Anthony Cummings, Waiting in the Wings
Daniel Davis, Wrong Mountain
Clarke Peters, The Iceman Cometh
Raphael Sbarge, Voices in the Dark

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Play
Frances Conroy, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
Marian Seldes, Ring Round the Moon
Ruth Williamson, Epic Proportions
Sarah Woodward, The Real Thing

Outstanding Leading Actor: Musical
Anthony Crivello, Marie Christine
Boyd Gaines, Contact
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kiss Me, Kate
Adam Pascal, Aida

Outstanding Leading Actress: Musical
Blair Brown, The Dead
Toni Collette, The Wild Party
Heather Headley, Aida
Marin Mazzie, Kiss Me, Kate
Audra McDonald, Marie Christine

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Musical
Michael Berresse, Kiss Me, Kate
Sean Martin Hingston, Contact
Marc Kudisch, The Wild Party
Stephen Spinella, The Dead
Tony Vincent, Jesus Christ Superstar

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Musical
Gretha Boston, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues
Eartha Kitt, The Wild Party
Sherie René Scott, Aida
Deborah Yates, Contact
Karen Ziemba, Contact

Outstanding Individual Performance
Everett Bradley, Swing
Ann Hampton Callaway, Swing
Michael Gruber, Swing
Barry Humphreys, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour

Outstanding Broadway Debut
Jody J. Abrahams, Kat and the Kings
Christopher Ashley, Voices in the Dark
Gabriel Byrne, The Moon for the Misbegotten
Cindy Katz, Amadeus
Katy Selverstone, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

The Friends of New York Theatre Awards are chosen by the members of their organization, which is open to anyone for a membership fee. Dues range from $200-$25. Tickets for the FANY Awards run $50 and $75.

For further information on the Friends of New York Theatre or the FANY Awards, call (212) 974-0139 or visit the FANY website at http://www.fanyawards.com.