Casting movie stars as headliners on Broadway isn’t just bringing in ticket sales to shows, it’s bringing in Tony nominations.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is up for Lead Actress In A Musical thanks to her Broadway debut in A Little Night Music. It’s not surprising since she actually started out in theater, plus she can sing. Movie names in the Lead Actress In A Play category include Valerie Harper for Tallulah Bankhead and Laura Linney for Time Stands Still.
Scarlett Johansson‘s enchanting performance in A View From the Bridge earned her a nomination for Feature Actress. She’s up against some big Broadway veterans, including Angela Lansbury, who plays Catherine’s mother in A Little Night Music.
There were many celebrity names among the nominations for Lead Actor In A Play. Denzel Washington was nominated for his role in Fences and Jude Law for Hamlet. Winning an award and getting back together with Sienna Miller while they were both on Broadway would be like the Oscar curse in reverse. Liev Schreiber is also up for his role opposite Scarlett in A View from the Bridge as is Christoper Walken in A Behanding in Spokane. Nominations for Lead Actor In A Musical included Kelsey Grammer in La Cage Aux Folles and Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises.
No shout out to Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain even though it did heated up the box office, which is surprising, nor to Bebe Neuwirth in Adams Family, which is not surprising. Although Fester was nominated. The reviews for both the show and Bebe were less than stellar. And I saw Sienna Miller in After Miss Julie, it was painful. There was also no nod to the Broadway darling who moved into TV land this year, Kristin Chenoweth.
The 64th annual Tony Awards air Sunday, June 13, on CBS, but there’s
still no host announced. The full list of Tony nominations is after the jump.
Best Play“In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play”"Next Fall”"Red”"Time Stands Still”Best Musical“American Idiot”"Fela!”"Memphis”"Million Dollar Quartet”Best Book of a Musical“Everyday Rapture” by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott”Fela!” by Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones”Memphis” by Joe DiPietro”Million Dollar Quartet” by Colin Escott and Floyd MutruxBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre“The Addams Family” Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa”Enron” Music: Adam Cork Lyrics: Lucy Prebble”Fences” Music: Branford Marsalis”Memphis” Music: David Bryan Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David BryanBest Revival of a Play“Fences”"Lend Me a Tenor”"The Royal Family”"A View from the Bridge”Best Revival of a Musical“Finian’s Rainbow”"La Cage aux Folles”"A Little Night Music”"Ragtime”Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a PlayJude Law, “Hamlet”Alfred Molina, “Red”Liev Schreiber, “A View from the Bridge”Christopher Walken, “A Behanding in Spokane”Denzel Washington, “Fences”Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a PlayViola Davis, “Fences”Valerie Harper, “Looped”Linda Lavin, “Collected Stories”Laura Linney, “Time Stands Still”Jan Maxwell, “The Royal Family”Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a MusicalKelsey Grammer, “La Cage aux Folles”Sean Hayes, “Promises, Promises”Douglas Hodge, “La Cage aux Folles”Chad Kimball, “Memphis”Sahr Ngaujah, “Fela!”Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a MusicalKate Baldwin, “Finian’s Rainbow”Montego Glover, “Memphis”Christiane Noll, “Ragtime”Sherie Rene Scott, “Everyday Rapture”Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music”Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a PlayDavid Alan Grier, “Race”Stephen McKinley Henderson, “Fences”Jon Michael Hill, “Superior Donuts”Stephen Kunken, “Enron”Eddie Redmayne, “Red”Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a PlayMaria Dizzia, “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play”Rosemary Harris, “The Royal Family”Jessica Hecht, “A View from the Bridge”Scarlett Johansson, “A View from the Bridge”Jan Maxwell, “Lend Me a Tenor”Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a MusicalKevin Chamberlin, “The Addams Family”Robin De JesÃºs, “La Cage aux Folles”Christopher Fitzgerald, “Finian’s Rainbow”Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet”Bobby Steggert, “Ragtime”Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a MusicalBarbara Cook, “Sondheim on Sondheim”Katie Finneran, “Promises, Promises”Angela Lansbury, “A Little Night Music”Karine Plantadit, “Come Fly Away”Lillias White, “Fela!”Best Scenic Design of a PlayJohn Lee Beatty, “The Royal Family”Alexander Dodge, “Present Laughter”Santo Loquasto, “Fences”Christopher Oram, “Red”Best Scenic Design of a MusicalMarina Draghici, “Fela!”Christine Jones, “American Idiot”Derek McLane, “Ragtime”Tim Shortall, “La Cage aux Folles”Best Costume Design of a PlayMartin Pakledinaz, “Lend Me a Tenor”Constanza Romero, “Fences”David Zinn, “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play”Catherine Zuber, “The Royal Family”Best Costume Design of a MusicalMarina Draghici, “Fela!”Santo Loquasto, “Ragtime”Paul Tazewell, “Memphis”Matthew Wright, “La Cage aux Folles”Best Lighting Design of a PlayNeil Austin, “Hamlet”Neil Austin, “Red”Mark Henderson, “Enron”Brian MacDevitt, “Fences”Best Lighting Design of a MusicalKevin Adams, “American Idiot”Donald Holder, “Ragtime”Nick Richings, “La Cage aux Folles”Robert Wierzel, “Fela!”Best Sound Design of a PlayAcme Sound Partners, “Fences”Adam Cork, “Enron”Adam Cork, “Red”Scott Lehrer, “A View from the Bridge”Best Sound Design of a MusicalJonathan Deans, “La Cage aux Folles”Robert Kaplowitz, “Fela!”Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, “A Little Night Music”Dan Moses Schreier, “Sondheim on Sondheim”Best Direction of a PlayMichael Grandage, “Red”Sheryl Kaller, “Next Fall”Kenny Leon, “Fences”Gregory Mosher, “A View from the Bridge”Best Direction of a MusicalChristopher Ashley, “Memphis”Marcia Milgrom Dodge, “Ragtime”Terry Johnson, “La Cage aux Folles”Bill T. Jones, “Fela!”Best ChoreographyRob Ashford, “Promises, Promises”Bill T. Jones, “Fela!”Lynne Page, “La Cage aux Folles”Twyla Tharp, “Come Fly Away”Best OrchestrationsJason Carr, “La Cage aux Folles”Aaron Johnson, “Fela!”Jonathan Tunick, “Promises, Promises”Daryl Waters & David Bryan, “Memphis”Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the TheatreAlan AyckbournMarian SeldesRegional Theatre Tony AwardThe Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, ConnecticutIsabelle Stevenson AwardDavid Hyde PierceTony Honor for Excellence in the TheatreAlliance of Resident Theatres/New YorkB.H. BarryTom Viola