Tuesday, May 13, 2008


The American Theatre Wing has announced the nominations for 2008 Tony Awards.

Lightning has not struck twice. While Mel Brook’s THE PRODUCERS broke all records taking home just about every Tony for a musical, and deservedly so, his YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN only got three (3) nominations – Featured Actor, Featured Actress and Scenic Design.

THE HEIGHTS got the most nominations for a musical – 13. The revival of SOUTH PACIFIC, the first Broadway revival since the original production, came in second with 11. SUNDAY IN THE PARK ETC got 9, GYPSY 7 and PASSING STRANGE also 7. I have yet to see any of the musicals which opened this season – but will be going to GYPSY this summer.

The word on GYPSY is great from all sources. The house-mate of a long-time client is "in the business" and ran into Stephen Sondheim in SARDI's one evening. SS raved about Patti Lupone and the production.

Speaking of SS - he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. The Regional Theatre Award will go to the Chicago Shakespeare Company.

The only plays I have seen this “season” were BOEING-BOEING and NOVEMBER. I was surprised that Nathan Lane was not nominated for NOVEMBER. The show’s only nomination was for Laurie Metcalf as Featured Actress.

BOEING-BOEING was nominated for Leading Actor (Mark Rylance – from the original West End production), Featured Actress (Mary McCormack), Director (Matthew Warchus), and Costume and Sound Design.

The Tony Awards will air at 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 15th on CBS.

Click here for the complete list of nominees.


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