West End theatre stars and practitioners have made a big impact in this year’s Tony Award nominations.
Announced today (9 May 2022) in New York, the list of 26 categories up for Tony Awards includes a number of London shows that have transferred to Broadway, and British and Irish theatre people working on the Great White Way.
Shows which have proved hits in London and are now being recognised in New York, including Marianne Elliott’s smash-hit production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which is up for an impressive 9 awards. Marianne is up for Best Director of a Musical, plus Bunny Christie is up for set design, Ian Dickinson for Sound, and David Cullen for Orchestrations.
Also transferred, from the Old Vic and then the Noel Coward theatre to New York, is Conor McPherson’s The Girl from the North Country. He is nominated for both Best book of a musical and best direction of a musical, and the show has 7 nods overall.
The National Theatre’s superb production of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy is also a hit in this year’s Tony nominations, garnering a whopping 8 nods. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester (pictured) are all up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. Plus Sam Mendes is nominated for best direction of a play.
David Threlfall is also nominated actor category for Hangmen, the Royal Court and West End hit that moved to Broadway. It has 5 nominations overall. Both shows also got nods for set design, with Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy) and Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) nominated.
British actresses on top are Sharon D Clarke, who gets a best actress in a musical nod for Caroline, Or Change!, which she played at Hampstead Theatre and in the West End; and best actress in a play for Ruth Negga as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, alongside Daniel Craig. Sadly Craig was overlooked for a nomination.
British musical SIX: The Musical is also up for 8 awards, including nods for best original score and best direction of a musical for Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss, best costume in a musical for Gabriella Slade, best lighting in a musical for Tim Deiling, and best sound for Paul Gatehouse.
Brits who have originated shows on Broadway and got nominated include Christopher Wheeldon, who is nominated for best best director of a musical and best choreographer of a musical for new Broadway musical MJ, about Michael Jackson.
Here’s our run-down on who has crossed the pond and is making it big on Broadway!
Best Book of a Musical
Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
SIX: The Musical, Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
Adam Godley, The Lehman Trilogy
Adrian Lester, The Lehman Trilogy
David Threlfall, Hangmen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Ruth Negga, Macbeth
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy
Anna Fleischle, Hangmen
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bunny Christie, Company
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jane Cox, Macbeth
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Tim Deiling, SIX: The Musical (American but based in UK)
Best Sound Design of a Play
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country
Paul Gatehouse, SIX: The Musical
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Company
Best Direction of a Play
Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
Best Direction of a Musical
Marianne Elliott, Company
Conor McPherson, Girl From The North Country
Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage, SIX: The Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ
Warren Carlyle, The Music Man
Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, SIX: The Musical
David Cullen, Company
Simon Hale, Girl From The North Country
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