Some of the biggest names on Broadway (and Hollywood) won’t be getting those phone calls of congratulations this morning Tony Awards The nominations included more than a few surprising (or, in some cases, not so surprising) omissions.
Aaron Sorkin, who has a book rewritten for classic musicals Camelot Wasn’t beloved by critics, received no Tony nods today. Sorkin’s revisions were extensive enough to make him eligible in the Best Book of a Music category, but he is not among the nominees.
For leading actors and actresses, neither Oscar Isaac nor Rachel Brosnahan, both bold-named stars Sign in Sidney Brustein’s windowwas overlooked piano Lessonof John David Washington and photos from homeNathan Lane. Marcel Spears, star of Acclaimed fat hamwas not nominated, nor was Olivier Award winner Hiran Abeysekera (life of Pi, Jefferson May, seasonally great a Christmas CarolNot in list.
In addition to Brosnahan, Broadway favorite Laura Linney was overlooked in the Leading Actress/Play category, while her Summer, 1976 Co-star Jessica Hecht approves.
Among the featured (i.e., supporting) cast, some of the biggest surprises were the absence of the well-reviewed Danielle Brooks (piano Lesson), Sharon D Clarke (death of a saleman), Michael Potts (piano Lesson) And of Leopoldstadt David Krumholtz. Scott Foley, a big TV name, went unrecognized for his performance in thanksgiving playNot too big a surprise considering the critical reception to the production has been so overwhelming.
Among musical directors, the absence of three of Broadway’s most successful and popular names – Susan Stroman (New York, New York), Bartlett Sher (Camelot) and, perhaps most of all, Hamilton director Thomas Kail (Sweeney Todd) were among those of the day. Biggest blow. Leer deBessonet is known for Delightful in the Woods, even though Encores! was more a matter of snatching than transfer Camelot, NY2 And Sweeney.
Direction/Play had its share of snubs from major names, most notably LaTanya Richardson Jackson (piano Lesson), Kenny Leone (Topdog / Underdog), Anne Kaufman (Sign in Sidney Brustein’s window) and Daniel Sullivan (Summer, 1976, Justin Martin, who directed Highly Praised Prima facieAlso removed from the list.
In fact, Prima facie, which was a major Olivier winner during its London run, was not mentioned in the Best Play category, nor was the London hit life of Pipulitzer prize winner the cost of livingand the Sean Hayes-starrer Good night, Oscar. neither death of salesman – another London hit – neither ohio state murders Ranked in the Play Revival category.
Season two more anticipated – almost Famous And a beautiful noise – Eliminated from the Best Music category. Leading Actress/Music Category Neglected its Share: Anna Uzele (New York, New York), Patina Miller (in the woods) and, perhaps most unexpected, Philip Sue (Camelot, Sue’s co-star Andrew Burnap also came out empty-handed.
In the Featured Actor/Musical category, Gaten Matarazzo (Sweeney Todd), Gavin Creek (in the woods), Alex Joseph Grayson (the parade), Steven Boyer (kimberly akimbo) and Joshua Henry (in the woods) all received sterling reviews; None were nominated.
As for Best Score, Andrew Lloyd Webber was not nominated for his short review. bad cinderella,
For more pleasant surprises, astoundedThe little show that could have had a great day is scoring an impressive nine nominations — more than Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Leopoldstadt, Parade And any number of productions that were better known items were going into their opening nights. astounded The producers were so confident in their show that they offered low-priced tickets during the musical’s entire preview period, in hopes of getting word and maybe some Tony love. Looks like they got both.
Also encouraging: there is no mo’Jordan E. Cooper’s edgy comedy about race and identity that received excellent reviews but struggled at the box office and closed early was nominated for Best Play.
Both Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Corey Hawkins Topdog / Underdog got nominated, a good turn since some feared the co-stars might cancel each other out, a situation that could happen Summer, 1976Deserving Jessica Hecht received a nomination but her equally deserving co-star Laura Linney was not recognized.
The other Outstanding Performance nomination that could be overlooked – but thankfully isn’t – is Miriam Silverman (Sidney Brustein), Alex Newell (astounded), and Julia Lester (in the woods,