‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Matilda’ lead the Tony race

 

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Nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards

Best Play: ‘The Assembled Parties’ by Richard Greenberg, ‘Lucky Guy’ by Nora Ephron, ‘The Testament of Mary’ by Colm Toíbín, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ by Christopher Durang

Best Musical: ‘Bring It On: The Musical,’ ‘A Christmas Story, the Musical,’ ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Matilda the Musical’

Best Revival of a Play: ‘Golden Boy,’ ‘Orphans,’ ‘The Trip to Bountiful,’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Best Revival of a Musical: ‘Annie,’ ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ ‘Pippin,’ ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play: Tom Hanks, ‘Lucky Guy;’ Nathan Lane, ‘The Nance;’ Tracy Letts, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;’ David Hyde Pierce, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;’ Tom Sturridge, ‘Orphans’

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, ‘The Other Place;’ Amy Morton, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;’ Kristine Nielsen, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;’ Holland Taylor, ‘Ann;’ Cicely Tyson, ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Bertie Carvel, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Santino Fontana, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella;’ Rob McClure, ‘Chaplin;’ Billy Porter, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Stark Sands, ‘Kinky Boots’

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood;’ Carolee Carmello, ‘Scandalous;’ Valisia LeKae, ‘Motown The Musical;’ Patina Miller, ‘Pippin;’ Laura Osnes, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: Danny Burstein, ‘Golden Boy;’ Richard Kind, ‘The Big Knife;’ Billy Magnussen, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;’ Tony Shalhoub, ‘Golden Boy;’ Courtney B. Vance, ‘Lucky Guy’

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: Carrie Coon, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;’ Shalita Grant, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;’ Judith Ivey, ‘The Heiress;’ Judith Light, ‘The Assembled Parties;’ Condola Rashad, ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Charl Brown, ‘Motown The Musical;’ Keith Carradine, ‘Hands on a Hardbody;’ Will Chase, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood;’ Gabriel Ebert, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Terrence Mann, ‘Pippin’

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Annaleigh Ashford, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Victoria Clark, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella;’ Andrea Martin, ‘Pippin;’ Keala Settle, ‘Hands on a Hardbody;’ Lauren Ward, ‘Matilda The Musical’

Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Nicholas Martin, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike;’ Bartlett Sher, ‘Golden Boy;’ George C. Wolfe, ‘Lucky Guy’

Best Direction of a Musical: Scott Ellis, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood;’ Jerry Mitchell, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Diane Paulus, ‘Pippin;’ Matthew Warchus, ‘Matilda The Musical’

Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, ‘Bring It On: The Musical;’ Peter Darling, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Jerry Mitchell, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Chet Walker, ‘Pippin’

Best Book of a Musical: ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ Joseph Robinette; ‘Kinky Boots,’ Harvey Fierstein; ‘Matilda The Musical,’ Dennis Kelly; ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,’ Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score: ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; ‘Hands on a Hardbody,’ Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; ‘Kinky Boots,’ Cyndi Lauper; ‘Matilda The Musical,’ Tim Minchin

Best Orchestrations: Chris Nightingale, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Stephen Oremus, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, ‘Motown The Musical;’ Danny Troob, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Best Scenic Design of a Play: John Lee Beatty, ‘The Nance;’ Santo Loquasto, ‘The Assembled Parties;’ David Rockwell, ‘Lucky Guy;’ Michael Yeargan, ‘Golden Boy’

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Rob Howell, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Anna Louizos, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood;’ Scott Pask, ‘Pippin;’ David Rockwell, ‘Kinky Boots’

Best Costume Design of a Play; ‘Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac;’ Ann Roth, ‘The Nance;’ Albert Wolsky, ‘The Heiress;’ Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Rob Howell, ‘Matilda The Musical;’ Dominique Lemieux, ‘Pippin;’ William Ivey Long, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, ‘Lucky Guy;’ Donald Holder, ‘Golden Boy;’ Jennifer Tipton, ‘The Testament of Mary;’ Japhy Weideman, ‘The Nance’

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kenneth Posner, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Kenneth Posner, ‘Pippin;’ Kenneth Posner, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella;’ Hugh Vanstone, ‘Matilda The Musical’

Best Sound Design of a Play: John Gromada, ‘The Trip to Bountiful;’ Mel Mercier, ‘The Testament of Mary;’ Leon Rothenberg, ‘The Nance;’ Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, ‘Golden Boy’

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm, ‘Pippin;’ Peter Hylenski, ‘Motown The Musical;’ John Shivers, ‘Kinky Boots;’ Nevin Steinberg, ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Bernard Gersten, Paul Libin, Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award: Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Mass.

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater: Career Transition for Dancers, William Craver, Peter Lawrence, ‘The Lost Colony,’ the actresses who play the title role in Matilda The Musical on Broadway (Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro)


cdolen@MiamiHerald.com

Kinky Boots, the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein musical about a failing British shoe factory that finds its footing making stylish footwear for drag queens, got a lucky 13 nominations when contenders for the 67th annual Tony Awards were announced in New York on Tuesday.

Based on a 2005 British movie, the feel-good show claimed the top spot over the Olivier Award-winning English import Matilda the Musical, which got a dozen nominations. Hot director Diane Paulus’ circus-influenced revival of Pippin earned 10 nominations, followed by Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella with nine.

Among plays, the Bartlett Sher-directed revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy leads with eight nominations, followed by the late Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy and Christopher Durang’s Chekhov parody Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with six each. Durang, a much-admired (as well as brainy and funny) playwright, has never won a Tony.

After 868 Tony voters assess the nominees in 26 competitive categories, Broadway’s highest honors will be awarded June 9 in a ceremony at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. CBS will broadcast the show from 8 to 11 p.m.

Several stars from the worlds of movies and television earned Tony nominations, including multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who got a best actor nod in his Broadway debut as controversial columnist Mike McAlary in Ephron’s Lucky Guy. In the highly competitive category of best performance by a leading actress in a play, Laurie Metcalf ( The Other Place), Holland Taylor ( Ann) and Cicely Tyson ( The Trip to Bountiful) are up against Kristine Nielsen ( Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Steppenwolf veteran Amy Morton ( Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

As always, there were surprising snubs. Bette Midler, returning to Broadway after 40 years to play agent Sue Mengers in the solo show I’ll Eat You Last, was passed over. So were Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain ( The Heiress), Scarlett Johansson ( Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Katie Holmes ( Dead Accounts), Alan Cumming ( Macbeth), Alec Baldwin ( Orphans), Jessica Hecht ( The Assembled Parties), Bobby Cannavale ( The Big Knife) and Fiona Shaw ( Testament of Mary). Record mogul Berry Gordy’s Motown the Musical, a jukebox retelling of his hitmaking history in Detroit, was passed over for best musical nomination. Douglas Carter Beane didn’t get a best play nod for The Nance, though star Nathan Lane was nominated for his portrayal of a gay vaudeville performer (and Beane did get nominated for the new book he wrote for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella).

Two of the gents up for best performance by a leading actor in a musical earned their nominations while wearing dresses. British actor Bertie Carvel, making his Broadway debut, plays the cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical. Billy Porter plays Kinky Boots’ drag queen Lola, the performer whose need for sturdy yet stylish footwear leads to a life-transforming partnership with a shoe factory owner played by Stark Sands — another nominee in that category.

The focal race, however, will be between the edgy-with-heart Kinky Boots and the much-admired Matilda the Musical. We’ll know June 9 whether voters favor kinky or kiddies.

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