Cerveris, Ashford and Other 2006 Alum Earn Back-to-Back Tony Nominations

Tony Awards   Cerveris, Ashford and Other 2006 Alum Earn Back-to-Back Tony Nominations
Choreographer Rob Ashford as well as Sweeney Todd collaborators Michael Cerveris and director John Doyle are among the Tony Award nominees from last season who are nominated again this year.
Tony nominee Michael Cerveris in LoveMusik.
Tony nominee Michael Cerveris in LoveMusik. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Also earning a trip back to the Tony Awards ceremony are designers Bob Crowley, David Gallo, Gregg Barnes, Santo Loquasto, Catherine Zuber, Christopher Akerlind, Natasha Katz and Brian MacDevitt.

Cerveris earned a nomination last year for his title turn in Sweeney Todd, which followed his 2004 Tony win for another Stephen Sondheim musical, Assassins. The actor, who was also nominated for The Who's Tommy, will vie this season for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Kurt Weill in LoveMusik.

Director Doyle earned his first Tony nomination and win last year for his unique staging of Sweeney Todd. Using the same technique — where the actors also play the instruments — he earned his way back to Tony night for another Sondheim work, Company. (He again helped his star, this time Raúl Esparza, earn a Leading Actor nod.)

This year's nomination for his dance work on Curtains (and the musical-within the-musical) marks Ashford's third recognition. Last season, he worked 1980's moves into a Tony nom for The Wedding Singer, following his first nomination and win in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

A plethora of designers from 2006's pool of nominees — in the scenic, costume and lighting categories (sometimes in more than one) — will compete again this season for their work. They include (with last year's and this year's shows, Tony wins marked with an *):


  • Crowley (*The History Boys, Mary Poppins) — also earned a Best Costume Design nom for Mary Poppins
  • Gallo (*The Drowsy Chaperone, Radio Golf) Costume:

  • Barnes (*The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde)
  • Loquasto (A Touch of the Poet, Inherit the Wind) — also nommed last year for Best Scenic Design of Three Days of Rain
  • Zuber (*Awake and Sing!, Seascape, The Coast of Utopia) Lighting:

  • Akerlind (Awake and Sing!, 110 in the Shade)
  • Katz (Tarzan, The Coast of Utopia)
  • MacDevitt (The Color Purple, Inherit the Wind, The Coast of Utopia)
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