Nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced today in New York.

Broadway’s Tony Award nominations were announced today, 29 April 2014, at the Paramount Hotel in New York, hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu.

Brits on Broadway did particularly well this year, mainly down to the Broadway transfers of Shakespeare’s Globe hits Twelfth Night and Richard III and Michael Grandage’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Twelfth Night 

Samuel Barnett in Twelfth Night

Samuel Barnett in Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night scooped 7 nominations, running neck and neck with John Tiffany’s production of The Glass Menagerie as the two most successful plays of the nominations. Twelfth Night nods included Best Revival of a Play, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Samuel Barnett (Chris O’Dowd was also nominated in this category for Of Mice and Men). The play also scored Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play nods for three of its actors – Paul Chahidi, Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance. Tim Carroll was also nominated for Best Direction of a Play. (Paul Chahidi will be tackling more Shakespeare in London this summer with a lead role in Shakespeare in Love).

The company’s Richard III also had a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Mark Rylance.

The Cripple of Inishmaan 

Michael Grandage’s London revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan had 6 nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for Sarah Greene and and Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage.  However, Daniel Radcliffe was not nominated for his leading role.

Other Best Direction of a Play nods went to British director John Tiffany for The Glass Menagerie, and Kenny Leon for A Raisin in the Sun.

Sophie Okonedo also scooped a Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun, alongside cast mate Anika Noni Rose.

Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh musical Les Misérables, which returned to Broadway in March, scored 3 nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for UK-based actor Ramin Karimloo.

Other Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical nods went to Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Andy Karl for Rocky, and Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.

Other Best Revival of a Musical nominations went to Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Violet.

Creative Brits

Brits in creative roles did particularly well this year.

Tim Rice was nominated for his lyrics to Aladdin in the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre category alongside Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Chad Beguelin.

Brits dominated Best Scenic Design of a Play, with Bob Crowley for The Glass Menagerie, Es Devlin for Machinal and Christopher Oram for The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Best Scenic Design of a Musical nods included Julian Crouch for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Best Costume Design of a Play included Jenny Tiramani for Twelfth Night, Best Lighting Design of a Play included Paule Constable for The Cripple of Inishmaan, Best Sound Design of a Play included Alex Baranowski and Best Sound Design of a Musical included Mick Potter for Les Misérables.

Other awards

In other awards, Best play nominations went to James Lapine’s Act One, Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons and John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. Best new Musical nods went to After Midnight, Disney’s Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder scooped the most nominations with 10, closely followed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch with 8 and After Midnight with 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play nominations went to Tyne Daly for Mothers and Sons, LaTanya Richardson Jackson for A Raisin in the Sun, Cherry Jones for The Glass Menagerie, Audra McDonald for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and Estelle Parsons for The Velocity of Autumn.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical nods included Mary Bridget Davies for A Night with Janis Joplin, Sutton Foster for Violet, Idina Menzel for If/Then, Jessie Mueller for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and Kelli O’Hara for The Bridges of Madison County.

The winners of the 68th Tony Awards will be announced on 8 June 2014 in a ceremony from Radio City Music Hall hosted by Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS in the USA from 8pm ET.

LINKS

Tony Awards 2014: Full list of nominations
WestEndTheatre.com Awards section

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