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Mean Girls, SpongeBob absorb most Tony nominations, Entertainment News & Top Stories

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Two musicals with huge model names, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, led the pack of Tony-nominated exhibits on Tuesday morning (May 1), garnering 12 nods every.

The nominators additionally showered affection on 5 critically acclaimed productions: Revivals of Angels In America and Carousel, in addition to the brand new musical The Band’s Visit, obtained 11 nominations apiece, whereas the brand new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and a revival of My Fair Lady every obtained 10.

The finest new musical race will now pit The Band’s Visit, a crucial darling, towards three exhibits with greater fan bases however weaker critiques: Mean Girls, SpongeBob SquarePants and Frozen. Among the boldface names who scored nominations: Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Cera, Renee Fleming and Diana Rigg.

Thirty Broadway productions have been eligible for prizes, the smallest quantity in additional than a decade. This yr’s Tony Awards will happen on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall and shall be broadcast on CBS.

It’s been a blockbuster season on Broadway, and never simply due to record-breaking box-office grosses.

Many of the season’s exhibits are based mostly on extensively recognised leisure manufacturers – Frozen, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Mean Girls, Escape To Margaritaville and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

There have been solo exhibits by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore, John Lithgow and John Leguizamo, and star turns by Schumer, Washington, Chris Evans, Uma Thurman, Garfield and Clive Owen.

The nominators showered recognition on a number of of these exhibits, together with Mean Girls and SpongeBob, however none on Margaritaville, which has been struggling on the field workplace. The Tony nominations, chosen by a panel of 43 individuals educated about theater, have the potential to present a carry to the nominated exhibits, and to suggest the start of the tip for these which might be struggling.

Musicals are the bread and butter of latest Broadway, and the race for finest musical has now tightened.

The Band’s Visit, a fragile musical which has been doing stable however not sell-out business on the field workplace, will now face strengthened challenges from Mean Girls and SpongeBob, every of which is able to get a credibility increase from the excessive variety of nominations.

Disney’s Frozen, however, is weakened by the nominations: The present, based mostly on the enormously standard movie, obtained no nominations for its performers or a lot of its artistic crew.

The Band’s Visit, which started its stage life on the nonprofit Atlantic Theatre Company off-Broadway, is customized from a fictional 2007 Israeli movie about what occurs when an Egyptian police band will get stranded for an evening in an Israeli desert city. Among the present’s strongest awards contenders are its composer, David Yazbek, who has been nominated for Tonys thrice beforehand however has by no means gained; its star, Katrina Lenk, who performs a fierce and sultry cafe proprietor named Dina; and its director, David Cromer, who is having fun with his first Broadway success with this present.

Mean Girls is an adaptation of the 2004 movie and SpongeBob is a brand new story that includes the undersea creatures of the animated tv sequence. Mean Girls represents the primary Broadway enterprise for comic Fey, who was nominated for the e-book of the musical (based mostly on her screenplay for the movie), and SpongeBob is the primary Broadway enterprise led by Nickelodeon, the kids’s cable community.

Among performs, look ahead to Cursed Child and Angels In America, each two-part productions which transferred to Broadway after wowing critics and audiences in London’s West End, to do particularly nicely as soon as voting begins. Cursed Child, with an unlimited finances (its capitalisation was US$35.5 million (S$47.three million) and solid (40 performers), is a sequel to the seven novels, whereas Angels, one of many 20th century’s nice American performs, can be a large-scale manufacturing (its capitalisation was US$7.6 million) exploring the early years of the Aids disaster.

Springsteen could make room for a Tony on his awards shelf.

Awards directors mentioned on Tuesday that they’d determined to present the 68-year-old rock idol a particular Tony Award in recognition of his ongoing song-and-storytelling present, Springsteen On Broadway, which has been operating on the Walter Kerr Theatre since October.

The award, calling Springsteen’s present “a once-in-a-lifetime theater going experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol,” is noncompetitive. Springsteen opted to not contend for aggressive awards, disqualifying his present from consideration by declining to ask Tony voters to see it. Previous recipients of particular Tonys have included Bette Midler, Lena Horne, John Cameron Mitchell and Dame Edna.

The award makes it much more doubtless that Springsteen will carry out on the Tony Awards and that might assist the present’s scores.

Springsteen On Broadway has been an unlimited hit, critically and commercially. It gained rave critiques, and it has been constantly offered out; it has already grossed $55 million, and the newest common ticket worth was US$508, which is kind of excessive for Broadway. The final present is scheduled to be Dec 15.

Springsteen has no scarcity of prizes. He gained an Oscar in 1993 for finest music Streets Of Philadelphia from Philadelphia and he has gained 20 Grammy Awards.

The Tony directors will even give a particular Tony to John Leguizamo, citing “his body of work and for his commitment to the theater, bringing diverse stories and audiences to Broadway for three decades.” Leguizamo’s fourth one-man present on Broadway, Latin History For Morons, ran this season and was nominated on Tuesday for finest play.

Women are dramatically underrepresented as decision-makers on Broadway – notably as producers, administrators and writers. But a number of highly effective ladies scored nods this yr.

JK Rowling and Sonia Friedman have been nominated as two of the three lead producers of Cursed Child (the third is Colin Callender). Rowling is the writer of the Harry Potter books, and Friedman is without doubt one of the most profitable producers in London.

Two feminine administrators have been nominated and at the moment are robust contenders for awards: Marianne Elliott, who directed the Angels In America revival, and Tina Landau, who directed SpongeBob SquarePants. 

Several feminine writers have been additionally nominated for his or her work. The main contender for finest e-book of a musical is Fey, for Mean Girls. And playwrights Lucy Kirkwood and Claire van Kampen have been nominated for The Children and Farinelli And The King. (Rowling isn’t credited as the author of Cursed Child, though she collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on creating the story.)

Now it’s as much as the voters.

There are 841 Tony voters – traders and producers, in addition to actors, administrators, designers, journalists and others – who are eligible to solid ballots for many classes. (This yr, for the primary time, just a few classes – sound design and orchestration – shall be determined by a subset of about half of the voters.) The voters now have about 5 weeks to complete seeing all of the nominated exhibits, or to revisit exhibits they noticed within the fall and wish to see once more, after which they have till midday June eight to submit ballots. This is the primary yr that the Tonys, introduced by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, are utilizing all digital voting – every voter is to be monitoring his or her present attendance on a web site, after which is to submit votes utilizing that website.

In the approaching weeks, the voters will get barraged with goodies from the nominated exhibits – solid recordings, memento books, trinkets – and the nominees will pop up at a ceaseless stream of nonprofit advantages, hoping to construct goodwill and stay seen to trade insiders whereas voting is beneath manner.

A number of noncompetitive honors have already been introduced. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and performer Chita Rivera will obtain lifetime achievement awards on the ceremony, whereas Nick Scandalios, government vic- president of the Nederlander Organisation, will get a volunteerism award for his work as an advocate for homosexual mother and father and their kids. The annual prize for regional theater will go to La MaMa Etc, the New York-based experimental theatre company.

At a reception on June four, Tony Honours for Excellence within the Theatre shall be introduced to Sara Krulwich, the longtime theatre photographer for The New York Times; Bessie Nelson, a longtime costume beader; and Ernest Winzer Cleaners, a 110-year-old business with a specialty in costume work.


Best play:

“The Children,” Lucy Kirkwood

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” Jack Thorne

“Junk,” Ayad Akhtar

“Latin History for Morons,” John Leguizamo

Best musical:

“The Band’s Visit”


“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best revival of a play:

“Angels in America”

“Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”

“Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

“Lobby Hero”


Best revival of a musical:

“My Fair Lady”

“Once On This Island”

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Best efficiency by an actor in a number one position in a play:

Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America”

Tom Hollander, “Travesties”

Jamie Parker, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”

Mark Rylance, “Farinelli and The King”

Denzel Washington, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

Best efficiency by an actress in a number one position in a play:

Glenda Jackson, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”

Condola Rashad, “Saint Joan”

Lauren Ridloff, “Children of a Lesser God”

Amy Schumer, “Meteor Shower”

Best efficiency by an actor in a number one position in a musical:

Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”

Joshua Henry, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Tony Shalhoub, “The Band’s Visit”

Ethan Slater, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best efficiency by an actress in a number one position in a musical:

Lauren Ambrose, “My Fair Lady”

Hailey Kilgore, “Once On This Island”

LaChanze, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

Katrina Lenk, “The Band’s Visit”

Taylor Louderman, “Mean Girls”

Jessie Mueller, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Best course of a play:

Marianne Elliott, “Angels in America”

Joe Mantello, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”

Patrick Marber, “Travesties”

John Tiffany, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”

George C. Wolfe, “Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”

Best course of a musical:

Michael Arden, “Once On This Island”

David Cromer, “The Band’s Visit”

Tina Landau, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Casey Nicholaw, “Mean Girls”

Bartlett Sher, “My Fair Lady”

Best e-book of a musical:

“The Band’s Visit”


“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best unique rating (music and/or lyrics):

“Angels in America”

“The Band’s Visit”


“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

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