'Once' Dominates Tony Award Nominations

It’s a big day for the musical Once, but not for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, in the Tony Award nominations out this morning. Once — a romantic comedy involving a flower seller, a street musician, and a vacuum cleaner repairman — received 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess also fared well with 10 nominations, including Best Musical. But the troubled Spider-Man production is only a candidate for two awards, for scenic design and costume design. The awards will be broadcast June 10 on CBS. Here are the nominations:

BEST PLAY
Clybourne Park (Author: Bruce Norris) ;Other Desert Cities (Author: Jon Robin Baitz); Peter and the Starcatcher (Author: Rick Elice); Venus in Fur (Author: David Ives)

BEST MUSICAL
Leap of Faith; Newsies; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Once

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Lysistrata Jones (Douglas Carter Beane); Newsies (Harvey Fierstein); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Joe DiPietro); Once (Enda Walsh)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Bonnie & Clyde (Music: Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics: Don Black); Newsies (Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Jack Feldman:; One Man, Two Guvnors (Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding); Peter and the Starcatcher (Music: Wayne Barker, Lyrics: Rick Elice)

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; Master Class; Wit

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Evita; Follies; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; Jesus Christ Superstar

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors); Philip Seymour Hoffman (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man); Frank Langella (Man and Boy); John Lithgow (The Columnist)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur); Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow); Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities); Linda Lavin (The Lyons); Cynthia Nixon (Wit)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein (Follies); Jeremy Jordan (Newsies); Steve Kazee (Once); Norm Lewis (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Ron Raines (Follies)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Jan Maxwell (Follies); Audra McDonald (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Cristin Milioti (Once); Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher); Michael Cumpsty (End of the Rainbow); Tom Edden (One Man, Two Guvnors); Andrew Garfield (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Linda Emond (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Spencer Kayden (Don’t Dress for Dinner); Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher); Judith Light (Other Desert Cities); Condola Rashad (Stick Fly)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Michael Cerveris (Evita); David Alan Grier (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Elizabeth A. Davis (Once); Jayne Houdyshell (Follies); Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever); Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Ghost the Musical)

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors); Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park); Mike Nichols (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Roger Rees and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Jeff Calhoun (Newsies); Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Diane Paulus (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); John Tiffany (Once)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Rob Ashford (Evita); Christopher Gattelli (Newsies); Steven Hoggett (Once); Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It)

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Bill Elliott (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Martin Lowe (Once); Danny Troob (Newsies)

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
John Lee Beatty (Other Desert Cities); Daniel Ostling (Clybourne Park); Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors); Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher)

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Bob Crowley (Once); Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll (Ghost the Musical); Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel (Newsies); George Tsypin (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
William Ivey Long (Don’t Dress for Dinner); Paul Tazewell (A Streetcar Named Desire); Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors); Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Gregg Barnes (Follies); ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Eiko Ishioka (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark); Martin Pakledinaz (Nice Work If You Can Get It)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher); Peter Kaczorowski (The Road to Mecca); Brian MacDevitt (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Kenneth Posner (Other Desert Cities)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Akerlind (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Natasha Katz (Follies); Natasha Katz (Once); Hugh Vanstone (Ghost the Musical)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Paul Arditti (One Man, Two Guvnors); Scott Lehrer (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow); Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher)

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Acme Sound Partners (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Clive Goodwin (Once); Kai Harada (Follies); Brian Ronan (Nice Work If You Can Get It)

SPECIAL TONY AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Emanuel Azenberg

REGIONAL THEATRE AWARD
The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Bernadette Peters

SPECIAL TONY AWARD
Actors’ Equity Association, Hugh Jackman

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
Freddie Gershon, Artie Siccardi, TDF Open Doors

  1. Well, I for one think “Death of a Salesman” should win a record 4th time–a number of critics who saw two (or even all three) of its previous Broadway productions declared this one the best ever.

    Oh, well, we’ll find out on June 10th and, regardless of the outcome, it’ll be a lot more fun to watch the Tonys after having seen “Death of a Salesman!”

    Bravo Nichols, Hoffman Garfield, Edmond, et al.!

  2. Mike Nichols’ Death of A Salesman is a really hot ticket. Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson did a great job with this one.

  3. Congratulations!!!!!! Well deserved. Great show. Routing for you all. finally something fresh.

  4. Hugh Dancy was robbed, matching Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur is no small feat and he was fearless.

  5. To measure the impact of a Tony Award nomination, guess how much of a “boost” to the box office “Leap of Faith” is gonna get from its Best Musical nod? Exactly. Zero. And “Spider-Man” will zip along despite its’ near shut out.

  6. Can’t believe they snubbed the legendary Angela Lansbury after she got nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Drama League foe her turn in The Best Man. So much for the Queen of Tonys.

  7. I think it is hilarious/sad that a show gets a BEST MUSICAL nomination yet the Tony committee can’t think of one aspect of the show that is worthy of any recognition. If the music, book, direction, acting, lighting, costumes, set, sound design aren’t good enough to be at the very least the 4TH BEST this season in their specific category, I have to ask… What the &#$! makes it one of the BEST MUSICALS!?

  8. If the music is anything like that in the film, then the show “Once” is clearly as overrated as its motion picture counterpart.

    1. Well, considering 1) You apparently have not seen the show and 2) it was nominated for book, leading actor and actress, featured actress, direction, choreography, orchestrations, sets, lights, and sound and was ineligible to be considered for best original score, your criticism seems to be lacking credibility.

  9. Having seen almost every show this year. Once is the most overrated of the lot. Peter & the Star chasers- Follies much deserved.And for bad casting – how could Evita not get a nod for actress? She was awful – utterly talentless

  10. Shocking that Leap of Faith got a Best Musical nom, it had such a shallow soulless empty book.

Comments are closed.