“Strange Loop”, “MJ”, “Paradise Square” lead in the nominations

Weird Loop, an extremely meta musical about a gay black man writing a musical about a gay black man writing a musical, dominated the nominations for the 75th Tony Awards on Monday. The 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning off-Broadway show has received 11 leading nominations.

“Strange Loop” was followed by “MJ”, a jukebox with music by Michael Jackson, and “Paradise Square”, about Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood and the tensions that arose during New York’s violent draft riots. 1863, both received 10 nominations each. “MJ” has been fighting controversy for not responding to allegations of child molestation by Jackson. The Lehman Trilogy, a sprawling drama about one of the financial institutions that helped spark the 2008 recession, received eight nominations, more than any other play.

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Other major contenders include The Company, a gender-swapped reimagining of Stephen Sondheim’s classic, which received nine nominations, and Six, a feminist retelling of the story of Henry VIII’s six wives, which received eight nominations.

The nominations are welcome news for both Paradise Square and Loop Strange, which have competed with more star-studded Broadway shows and could see a boost in ticket sales. The best musical will be the race between these shows, as well as “MU”, “Girl from the North Country” and “Mr. Universe”. Saturday night.” The best play is the battle between the Clyde, the Executioners, the Lehman Trilogy, the Skeleton Brigade and the Minutes.

The Best Musical Revival category included The Company, as well as Caroline, or Recession and The Musician, a star-studded chestnut revival by Meredith Wilson that became one of the year’s most popular tickets. The best revival of a play is a competition between “American Buffalo”, “For Colored Girls Who Thought of Suicide/When the Rainbow Ends”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Take Me” and “Trouble in the Mind”.

This year’s list of contenders included several Hollywood stars, including Hugh Jackman, known for his role as a con man in the movie “The Music Man”; Billy Crystal, honored for his work as the star and author of Mr. Rose. Saturday Night; and Ruth Negga, nominated for her villainous performance in Macbeth.

There were also several notable omissions. Beanie Feldstein, who played the part that made Barbra Streisand famous in Funny Girl, was overlooked and the revival received only one nomination for supporting role Jared Grimes. The Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s revival that starred real-life wives Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, was lauded for its costumes and nothing else. And The Minutes, a pitch-black satire of provincial bureaucracy that received some of the best reviews of the year, was nominated for best play but failed to make it into the other categories.

After the Black Lives Matter movement, Broadway faced the challenge of telling more stories about underrepresented communities. Many of the shows highlighted on Monday, such as “The Skeleton Squad”, “Paradise Square” and “For the Colored Girls Who Contemplated Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Swallowed”, dealt with issues of race. Often these productions approached the theme with great boldness or found fresh resonance in historical texts. “Weird Loop,” for example, playfully sneers at Tyler Perry’s work, as well as being candid and humorous about sexual identity, while “Trouble in the Mind” was originally scheduled to debut on Broadway in 1957 until writer Alice Childress refused to contribute. changes that would dilute his view of racism and misogyny. Had the show debuted on time, Childress would have become the first black female playwright on Broadway.

The nominations have been made public as Broadway struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and a nearly two-year hiatus caused by the public health disaster. The theater business returned in August 2021, but ticket sales have been sluggish at times, with nearly every production having to contend with virus outbreaks in the cast. Last year’s Tonys were awarded before most theaters returned in earnest, and despite being awarded in 2021, the show honored the best of 2020, a year shortened by the pandemic.

And yet, in a sign of the industry’s resilience, an impressive 34 new productions have opened this season, 15 of which debuted in April alone. Broadway has also made it clear that he believes he is entering a new phase of the pandemic by refusing to test vaccines even as cases rise in New York. Theaters will continue to enforce the mask requirement.

The Tony Awards will air on June 12 at 8:00 pm ET, with Ariana DeBose, who just won an Oscar for West Side Story, hosting the TV show.

Here is the full list of Tony nominations:

Best game
“The Lehman Trilogy”
“The Skeleton Crew”

Best Musical
“Northern Girl”
Manchester United
“Mr. Saturday Night”
“Paradise Square”
“Six: The Musical”
“Strange Loop”

Best Revival of a Play
“American Buffalo”
“for girls of color who contemplated suicide / when the rainbow boils”
“How I Learned to Drive”
“Get Me Out”
“Problem in the Head”

Best Revival of a Musical
“Caroline, or Change”
“Music Man”

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 Morse, “How I Learned to Drive”
Sam Rockwell, “American Bison”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues
David Threlfall, The Executioners

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabby Beans, The Skin of Our Teeth
LaChance, “Trouble in the Head”
Ruth Negga, Macbeth
Deirdre O’Connell, “Dana H.”
Mary Louise Parker, “How I Learned to Drive”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Crystal, Mr. Saturday Night”
Miles Frost, “MJ”
Hugh Jackman, The Musician
Rob McClure, Mrs. Doubtfire”
Jacquel Spivey, “Strange Loop”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D. Clark, “Caroline or Change”
Carmen Cusack, Sunset Flying
Sutton Foster, “Musician”
Joaquina Calukango, “Paradise Square”
Mayor Winningham, “Girl from the North Country”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Alfie Allen, The Executioners
Chuck Cooper, “Trouble in the Head”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Take Me Out”
Ron Cephas Jones, Clyde
Michael Oberholzer, “Take Me Out”
Jesse Williams, “Take Me”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Ouzo Aduba, “Clyde”
Rachel Dratch, The President: Or, Behind Every Great Stupid, There Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Kenita R. Miller, “for girls of color who contemplated suicide / when the rainbow runs out”
Phylicia Rashad, Skeleton Team
Julie White, The President: Or, Behind Every Great Stupid, There Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive
Kara Young, “Clyde”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Matt Doyle, “Company”
Sidney Dupont, “Paradise Square”
Jared Grimes, Funny Girl
John-Andrew Morrison, “The Strange Loop”
AJ Shivli, Paradise Square

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jeannette Bayardel, “Girl from the North”
Shoshana Bean, Mr. Saturday Night”
Jane Hoodishell, “Musician”
L Morgan Lee, “The Strange Loop”
Patti LuPone, “Company”
Jennifer Simard, “Company”

Best Direction of a Play
Lileana Blaine-Cruz, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Camille A. Brown, “for girls of color who have considered suicide / when the rainbow runs out”
Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy
Neil Pepe, “American Bison”
Les Waters, “Dana H.”

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, Strange Loop
Marianne Elliott, “Company”
Conor MacPherson, North Country Girl
Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, Six: The Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, Manchester United

Best stage design for a play
Beowulf Boritte, “POTUS: or behind every great fool there are seven women trying to keep him alive”
Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong, The Skeleton Team
Es Devlin, The Lehman Trilogy
Anna Fleischle, “The Executioners”
Scott Pask, “American Bison”
Adam Rigg, The Skin of Our Teeth

Best Stage Design for a Musical
Beowulf Boritte and 59 Productions, Sunset Flight
Bunny Christie, “Company”
Arnulfo Maldonado, “The Strange Loop”
Derek McLain and Peter Nigrini, “MJ”
Allen Moyer, “Paradise Square”

Best Musical Book
“Northern Girl”
Conor McPherson

Manchester United
Lynn Nottage

“Mr. Saturday Night”
Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babalu Mandel

“Paradise Square”
Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan

“Strange Loop”
Michael R. Jackson

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)
“Flight Over Sunset”
Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Michael Corey

“Mr. Saturday Night”
Music: Jason Robert Brown Lyrics: Amanda Green

“Paradise Square”
Music: Jason Howland
Lyrics: Nathan Theisen and Masi Asare

“Six: The Musical”
Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

“Strange Loop”
Music and Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson

Best Costume Design for a PlayMontana Levi Blanco, The Skin of Our Teeth
Sarafina Bush, for girls of color who contemplated suicide / when the rainbow enuf Emilio Sosa, Trouble in Mind
Jane Greenwood, “Plaza Suite” by Neil Simon
Jennifer Moeller, ClydesBest Costume Design for a MusicalFly Davis, Caroline or Change Tony-Leslie James, Paradise Square William Ivy Long, Diana, Santo Loquasto Musical, Musician Gabriella Slade, SIX: The Musical
Paul Tazewell, MJBest Lighting Design for a PerformanceJoshua Carr, Executioners
Jiyun Chang, for girls of color who thought about suicide / when the rainbow enuf John Clark, Lehman trilogy
Jane Cox, Macbeth
Yi Zhao, the skin of our teethBest Lighting Design for a MusicalNeil Austin, “Company”
Tim Daling, Six: The Musical
Donald Holder, Paradise Square Natasha Katz, MJ
Bradley King, Sunset Flying Jan Shriver, Strange LoopBest Sound Design for a PlayJustin Ellington, “for girls of color who contemplated suicide / when the rainbow is overflowing
Mikhail Fixel, “Dana H.”
Palmer Hefferan, The Skin of Our Teeth
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey, The Lehman Trilogy
Mikaal Suleiman, MacbethBest Sound Design for a Musical
Simon Baker, “Northern Girl”
Paul Gatehouse, Six: The Musical
Ian Dickinson for an autograph, “Company”
Drew Levy, Strange Loop
Gareth Owen, “MJ”Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, “for girls of color who have considered suicide / when the rainbow runs out”
Warren Carlyle, “Musician”
Carrie-Ann Ingruy, “Six: The Musical”
Bill T. Jones, “Paradise Square”
Christopher Wheeldon, Manchester UnitedBest Orchestrations
David Cullen, “Company”
Tom Curran, Six: The Musical
Simon Hale, “Northern Girl”
Jason Michael Webb and David Holsenberg, “MJ”
Charlie Rosen, “The Strange Loop”

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