Tuesday, May 2, 2023

2022 - 2023 Tony Award Nominations Announced. Musical "Some Like It Hot" Gets the Most with 13

Some Like It Hot (c) Marc J. Franklin

The 76th Annual Tony Award nominations have been announced and as usual, there are plenty to discuss. I wasn’t able to do a final predictions post before today’s big announcement, but I figured I would make some comments on some of the categories today. 

The 2023 Tony Awards will be presented on June 11 on Pluto TV and then CBS at the live event at United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, hosted again by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. The production with the most nominations was Some Like It Hot with 13 nominations followed by a trio of shows with 9 nomination: & Juliet, New York, New York and Shucked. 

The 2022-2023 Tony Award Nominations 

Ain't No Mo' (c) Joan Marcus

Best Play 
Ain't No Mo' by Jordan E. Cooper 
Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis 
Cost of Living by Martyna Majok 
Fat Ham by James Ijames 
Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard 

For the first time in Tony history, three Pulitzer Prize winning plays are competing in the Best Play category, and yet it is telling that only one actor from any of these nominated plays made it to the lead acting categories with seven nominees in the featured categories, as all of these plays would be considered ensemble dramas. 

Best Musical 
& Juliet 
Kimberly Akimbo 
New York, New York 
Some Like It Hot 

Pretty much expected. No love for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella, as it was shut out entirely.  

& Juliet (c) Matthew Murphy

Best Book of a Musical 
& Juliet by David West Read 
Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire 
New York, New York by David Thompson & Sharon Washington 
Shucked by Robert Horn 
Some Like It Hot by Matthew L√≥pez & Amber Ruffin 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatr
Almost Famous, Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Cameron Crowe & Tom Kitt 
Kimberly Akimbo, Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire 
KPOP, Music & Lyrics: Helen Park & Max Vernon 
Shucked, Music and Lyrics: Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally 
Some Like It Hot, Music: Marc Shaiman, Lyrics: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman 

Glad to see filmmaker Cameron Crowe in the mix as well as Helen Park, the first Asian American female composer to be nominated for a Tony Award.

A Doll's House (c) Emilio Madrid

Best Play Revival 
August Wilson's The Piano Lesson 
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Adapted by Amy Herzog 
Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog 
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 

No Death of a Salesman or Ohio State Murders, which is a shame for the latter because it would have made author Adrienne Kennedy a Tony nominee. 

Best Musical Revival 
Into the Woods 
Lerner & Loewe's Camelot 
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 

For the 76th Tony Awards, sadly there was no room for the revival of 1776. 

Best Actress in a Play 
Jessica Chastain, A Doll's House 
Jodie Comer, Prima Facie 
Jessica Hecht, Summer, 1976 
Audra McDonald, Ohio State Murders 

With only four nominees this year, it seems a shame that Laura Linney, Rachel Brosnahan and Zoe Wannamaker couldn’t muster enough votes for a fifth slots. 

Topdog/Underdog (c) Marc J. Franklin

Best Actor in a Play 
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog 
Corey Hawkins, Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog 
Sean Hayes, Good Night, Oscar 
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy 
Wendell Pierce, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman 

The two leads of Topdog/Underdog made the cut in one of the most competitive categories of the yead. Left off the list includes such luminaries as Oscar Isaac, John David Washington and Jefferson Mays 

Best Featured Actress in a Play 
Nikki Crawford, Fat Ham 
Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ain't No Mo' 
Miriam Silverman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window 
Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living 
Kara Young, Cost of Living 

A pretty solid list, but sad to see Sharon D. Clarke left off the list.

Best Featured Actor in a Play 
Jordan E. Cooper, Ain't No Mo' 
Samuel L. Jackson, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson 
Arian Moayed, A Doll's House 
Brandon Uranowitz, Leopoldstadt 
David Zayas, Cost of Living 

Jordan E. Cooper is a double nominee as author and featured actor of Ain’t No Mo’. Gregg Mozgala was sadly the only cast member not nominated for Cost of Living. 

Parade (c) Joan Marcus

Best Actress in a Musical 
Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sara Bareillis, Into the Woods
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
Lorna Courtney, & Juliett
Micaela Diamond, Parade

Sad to see the exclusion of Crystal Lucas-Perry from 1776 and Phillipa Soo from Camelot as well as the fine debut from Caroline Innerbichler in Shucked. 


Best Actor in a Musical 
Christian Borle, Some Like It Hot 
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot 
Josh Groban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 
Brian d'Arcy James, Into the Woods 
Ben Platt, Parade 
Colton Ryan, New York, New York 

I guess poor Will Swenson is singing those Songs Sung Blue, but he must be happy his wife, Audra McDonald was nominated. I guess playing King Arthur isn’t like playing King Lear as Andrew Burnap was overlooked by Camelot. 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical 
Julia Lester, Into the Woods 
Ruthie Ann Miles, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 
Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo 
NaTasha Yvette Williams, Some Like It Hot 
Betsy Wolfe, & Juliet 

Carolee Carmello could have been Bad Cinderella’s only nominee here, but I guess the shoe didn't fit. 

Camelot (c) Joan Marcus

Best Featured Actor in a Musical 
Kevin Cahoon, Shucked 
Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo 
Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like It Hot 
Jordan Donica, Lerner & Loewe's Camelot 
Alex Newell, Shucked 

Jordan Donica is the sole actor representing Lerner & Loewe's Camelot. Sorry to see Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo overlooked for Sweeney Todd.

Best Direction of a Play 
Saheem Ali, Fat Ham 
Jo Bonney, Cost of Living 
Jamie Lloyd, A Doll's House 
Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt 
Stevie Walker-Webb, Ain't No Mo' 
Max Webster, Life of Pi 

Best Direction of a Musical 
Michael Arden, Parade 
Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods 
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot 
Jack O'Brien, Shucked 
Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo 

Best Costume Design of a Play 
Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes, and Finn Caldwell, Life of Pi 
Dominique Fawn Hill, Fat Ham 
Brigitte Reiffenstuel, Leopoldstadt 
Emilio Sosa, Ain't No Mo' 
Emilio Sosa, Good Night, Oscar 

KPOP (c) Matthew Murphy

Best Costume Design of a Musical 
Gregg Barnes, Some Like It Hot 
Susan Hilferty, Parade 
Jennifer Moeller, Lerner & Loewe's Camelot 
Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi, KPOP 
Paloma Young, & Juliet 
Donna Zakowska, New York, New York

Best Lighting Design of a Play 
Neil Austin, Leopoldstadt 
Natasha Chivers, Prima Facie 
Jon Clark, A Doll's House 
Bradley King, Fat Ham 
Tim Lutkin, Life of Pi 
Jen Schriever, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman 
Ben Stanton, A Christmas Carol 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical 
Ken Billington, New York, New York 
Lap Chi Chu, Lerner & Loewe's Camelot 
Heather Gilbert, Parade 
Howard Hudson, & Juliet 
Natasha Katz, Some Like It Hot 
Natasha Katz, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 

Life of Pi (c) Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

Best Scenic Design of a Play 
Miriam Buether, Prima Facie 
Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding, Life of Pi 
Rachel Hauck, Good Night, Oscar 
Richard Hudson, Leopoldstadt 
Dane Laffrey & Lucy Mackinnon, A Christmas Carol 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical 
Beowulf Boritt, New York, New York 
Mimi Lien, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 
Michael Yeargan & 59 Productions, Lerner & Loewe's Camelot 
Scott Pask, Shucked 
Scott Pask, Some Like It Hot 

A Christmas Carol (c) A Christmas Carol

Best Sound Design of a Play 
Jonathan Deans and Taylor Williams, Ain't No Mo' 
Carolyn Downing, Life of Pi 
Joshua D. Reid, A Christmas Carol 
Ben & Max Ringham, A Doll's House 
Ben & Max Ringham, Prima Facie 

Best Sound Design of a Musical 
Kai Harada, New York, New York 
John Shivers, Shucked 
Scott Lehrer and Alex Neumann, Into the Woods 
Gareth Owen, & Juliet 
Nevin Steinberg, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Choreography 
Steven Hoggett, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 
Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot 
Susan Stroman, New York, New York 
Jennifer Weber, & Juliet 
Jennifer Weber, KPOP 

Shucked (c) Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

Best Orchestrations 
Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro, & Juliet 
John Clancy, Kimberly Akimbo 
Jason Howland, Shucked 
Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter, Some Like It Hot 
Daryl Waters & Sam Davis, New York, New York

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