1-2-Step: Mitchell Does Double Time with Two Tony Noms; Designers Hatley, Holder, Long Too

Tony Awards   1-2-Step: Mitchell Does Double Time with Two Tony Noms; Designers Hatley, Holder, Long Too
Jerry Mitchell, Tim Hatley, Donald Holder and William Ivey Long are the Tony Award nominees this year who have double the reason to celebrate, as they garnered not one, but two nods when the nominations were announced May 10.

Though legendary names like Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins and Tommy Tune have earned multiple Tony Awards for choreography, none of them are in the elite choreographic quartet who have been nominated multiple times in one year — its newest member, Jerry Mitchell.

Mitchell, a previous Tony Award nominee for his work on Never Gonna Dance, The Full Monty and Hairspray, will return to Radio City Music Hall for his third consecutive chance at the Tony Award for Best Choreography with this season's La Cage aux Folles and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Former double nominees include Rob Marshall (for Damn Yankees and She Loves Me in 1994), Susan Stroman (Contact and The Music Man in 2000) and John Carrafa (Into The Woods, Urinetown in 2002). Of them, only Stroman has won.

With the 2005 expansion of the design awards, a handful of hardworking creatives — William Ivey Long, Tim Hatley and Donald Holder — earned twice their share of the wealth.

Costume creator William Ivey Long was nominated this year for his work on the revivals of the play A Streetcar Named Desire and the musical La Cage aux Folles. The ten-time nominee has previously earned the award of Best Costume Design for Nine, Crazy for You, The Producers and Hairspray. He also provided the costume design for this season's The Frogs and Sweet Charity. Not only did designer Tim Hatley earn double nominations this year, he does so for the same show, Monty Python's Spamalot. His scenic and costume design for the season's most-nominated show give the stage artisan a chance at his second and third Tony Award in the same night. Hatley's previous work on Broadway includes Stanley, The Crucible, Vincent in Brixton and Private Lives — he won his first Tony (and only other nomination) for the latter.

With five shows added to his ever-growing Broadway resume this season, it's no wonder craftsman Donald Holder would be among the eight names called out for Best Lighting Design come Tony nomination day. His work on the play Gem of the Ocean and the play revival A Streetcar Named Desire earned Holder two places on the list. The designer was previously nominated for Juan Darien, Movin' Out and his only Tony win, The Lion King. He also provided lighting design for this season's After The Fall, La Cage aux and All Shook Up.

Other double nominees in 2005 include Adam Guettel, who is up for both his score and orchestrations (with Ted Sperling and Bruce Coughlin)of The Light in the Piazza; Broadway newcomer Eric Idle, for his book and score (with John Du Prez) of Monty Python's Spamalot; and Mike Nichols, for Best Direction on Spamalot and as producer of Best Special Theatrical Event nominee Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show.

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