Early last week the American Theatre Wing announced the Tony Award Nominations for the 66th ceremony to be broadcast on June 9th.
This is a fantastic year for theatre on Broadway and many outstanding shows have been nominated. Many theatre critics are also clamouring that some great shows have been shut out or snubbed. Bette Midler’s performance in I’ll Eat You Last was considered a shoe in for a nomination for and yet it did not make the list.
There were some beautiful victories within the nominations. Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, earned her first ever Tony nomination for “Best Actress in a Play” for the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful. The Trip to Bountiful was produced by New York Knick All-Star center, Tyson Chandler and his wife Kimberly. Chandler is now the first NBA star to have received a Tony nomination.
Tom Hanks has also received his first ever Tony award nomination for his performance in Nora Ephram’s Lucky Guys. The LA Times is reporting that Lucky Guy has already turned a profit. This is a pretty amazing achievement considering the show opened just over a month ago on April 1st.
There are many familiar names within the list of nominees this year as Broadway continues to be a welcoming home for many film and tv stars to show off their acting chops. Here is the list of nominees for best actor and actress in a lead role in a play. You can read the complete list of Tony Award nominees on their website.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Tom Hanks for Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane for The Nance
Tracy Letts for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge for Orphans
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Laurie Metcalf for The Other Place
Amy Morton for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor for Ann
Cicely Tyson for The Trip to Bountiful
If you are looking to take your family to a Tony Award nominated show there are many choices. I talked to Holly Fink, who runs Culture Mom Media in NYC, about which shows she suggests are best for families. Here is what she suggests:
“Kinky Boots, which has the most nominations of any show is a great show for older kids (12 and up). Matilda is good for kids of all ages. Direct from London, it’s an adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl and has opened to rave reviews. Up for revival, Annie is also great for kids of all ages, Pippin is quintessential Fosse and I’m planning to take my kids for musical theater 101 and Cinderella is a full on Broadway extravaganza.”
No word yet on who will be the host for the ceremony this year. Who do you think should host the big show?
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