‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Network’ Snubbed From Tony Award Best Play Category – Complete List Of Nominees

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The lush, very-downtown musical Hadestown topped the Tony Awards nominations list with 14, with the more traditional jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud coming in at second with 12, a one-two punch as clear a sign as any that Tony voters are in a very expansive mood this year.

At #3, Tootsie has 11 nominations; The Ferryman 9 and Beetlejuice 8.

But the big surprise were the no-votes in the Best Play category for both To Kill A Mockingbird and Network, particularly for Aaron Sorkin’s gloriously reviewed and wildly popular adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. That omission might be the single biggest Tony snub in years, if not decades.

If Glenda Jackson or Nathan Lane had been overlooked in any other year – as they were today, for King Lear and Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus, respectively – they’d top the roster of Broadway’s buzz topics. But today the buzz was all about Mockingbird. Network‘s exclusion from the play category was easier to understand: star Bryan Cranston is the selling point, and the play deflates when he’s not on stage. The Mockingbird cast was well represented on today’s roster, justifiably so, but Sorkin’s fresh look at this classic material was so remarkably sweeping that its  absence here just makes no sense. Anyway, for more on that subject, go here.

There were other surprises today: Be More Chill, Joe Iconis’ viral sensation, didn’t get the Tony appreciation that seemed pretty certain. Actors Will Roland and George Salazar, lead and featured respectively, were overlooked, a blow to a show that could have used the box office punch Tony exposure can provide.

With Be More Chill out of Best Musical contention, the category opened itself up to sentimental favorite and underdog The Prom, and the much-better-than-most-jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud. Also in running: those former movies Tootsie and Beetlejuice, and the modernized myth Hadestown. Strong competition and a nice mix all the way around, from crowd pleasers to critical darlings.

The musical revival category is slimmer – much – with just two candidates that could, from the names alone, seem a real throwback: Kiss Me, Kate versus Oklahoma! The former is a solidly traditional take, certainly compared to the avant garde reimagining of the stunning Oklahoma! How that one shakes out could paint a very interesting portrait of today’s Tony voters.

Nothing in the nominations today was more fascinating than the Best Play category, though. To Kill A Mockingbird – or, more pointedly, playwright Aaron Sorkin – was such a shocking omission that this morning’s list-reading announcement almost seemed like a Moonlight-La La Land-scale flub. You can read more about that here, but for this post’s purposes let’s look at what the Sorkin snub means for the other nominees: The Ferryman was a shoo-in anyway (even if, apparently, there’s no such thing), as was, I think, What the Constitution Means to Me. Personally I’d have picked Mockingbird, easily, over Ink and Choir Boy, and the only good thing to come from the Sorkin snub is the real estate it left available for the fantastic, divisive Gary.

The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced live by Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Broadway productions that opened during the 2018-2019 season on or before the April 25 cut-off date were eligible for this year’s honors in 26 competitive categories. Twenty-one plays and 13 musicals opened this season. Only two musical revivals were in contention.

The reveal was carried live via the Tony Awards’ Facebook page, and CBS This Morning will also covered portions of the announcement, as its network CBS and CBS All Access will broadcast the 73rd annual ceremony June 9  from Radio City Music Hall in New York, with James Corden hosting.

Here is the complete list of the 2019 Tony Award nominees:

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”



“The Prom”


Best Play

“Choir Boy”

“The Ferryman”

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”


“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Revival of a Musical

“Kiss Me, Kate”


Best Revival of a Play

“All My Sons”

“The Boys in the Band”

“Burn This”

“Torch Song”

“The Waverly Gallery”

Best Book of a Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”: Dominique Morisseau

“Beetlejuice”: Scott Brown and Anthony King

“Hadestown”: Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom”: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie”: Robert Horn

Best Original Score

“Beetlejuice,” music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect

“Be More Chill,” music and lyrics: Joe Iconis

“Hadestown,” music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom,” music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie,” music and lyrics: David Yazbek

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” music by Adam Guettel

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, “Ink”

Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman”

Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Ivo van Hove, “Network”

George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown”

Scott Ellis, “Tootsie”

Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!”

Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Bryan Cranston, “Network”

Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman”

Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Adam Driver, “Burn This”

Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Annette Bening, “All My Sons”

Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman”

Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery”

Janet McTeer, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton”

Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”

Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”

Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!”

Santino Fontana, “Tootsie”

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show”

Caitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom”

Beth Leavel, “The Prom”

Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown”

Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Bertie Carvel, “Ink”

Robin de Jesús, “The Boys in the Band”

Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This”

Benjamin Walker, “All My Sons”

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman”

Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Kristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Ruth Wilson, “King Lear”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

André De Shields, “Hadestown”

Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie”

Patrick Page, “Hadestown”

Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie”

Amber Gray, “Hadestown”

Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie”

Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!”

Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Bunny Christie, “Ink”

Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”

Santo Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Jan Versweyveld, “Network”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Peter England, “King Kong”

Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown”

Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”

David Korins, “Beetlejuice”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”

Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Clint Ramos, “Torch Song”

Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, “Hadestown”

William Ivey Long, “Tootsie”

William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”

Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show”

Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, “Ink”

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman”

Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, “The Cher Show”

Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Bradley King, “Hadestown”

Peter Mumford, “King Kong”

Kenneth Posner and Peter Negrini, “Beetlejuice”

Best Sound Design in a Play

Adam Cork, “Ink”

Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy”

Nick Powell, “The Ferryman”

Eric Sleichim, “Network”

Best Sound Design in a Musical

Peter Hylenski, “King Kong”

Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”

Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!”

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown”

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”

Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Denis Jones, “Tootsie”

David Neumann, “Hadestown”

Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown”

Simon Hale, “Tootsie”

Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!”

Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Rosemary Harris

Terrence McNally

Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Judith Light

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Special Tony Award

Marin Mazzie

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company

Jason Michael Webb

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices – Michael McElroy, Founder

Peter Entin

FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Joseph Blakely Forbes

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