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.