London’s Menier dominates Tony nominations

Judd Hollander
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The Broadway transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s La Cage Aux Folles has dominated the nominations for the 64th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, which were announced in New York today.

La Cage picked up 11 nods, including Best Revival of a Musical. Also earning a nomination was Douglas Hodge, making his Broadway debut in the role that won him an Olivier Award in London. Hodge’s co-star, Kelsey Grammer, best known for the TV series Frasier, also received a Best Actor nod. Other nominations for the show included Tim Shortall (scenic design), Matthew Wright (costume design), Nick Richings (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Terry Johnson (direction), Lynne Page (choreography), Jason Carr (orchestrations) and Robin De Jesus (supporting actor).

La Cage will be going up against A Little Night Music in the musical revival category. A Little Night Music, also a transfer from the Chocolate Factory, received nominations for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury (Best Actress and Supporting Actress respectively), as well as for Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen’s sound design. Menier-originated productions received 15 nominations, bringing the total number of nominations received by UK transfers to 28.

On the play side, the revival of August Wilson’s Fences, starring Denzel Washington, led the field with ten nominations. Following Fences was the Donmar Warehouse transfer of Red, starring Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, which received seven nods, including Best Play and Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Molina and Redmayne respectively. The show also received nominations for Christopher Oram’s scenic design, Neil Austin’s lighting, Adam Cork’s sound design and Michael Grandage’s direction. Austin will be completing against himself in the lighting design category, having also received a nomination for his work in the Donmar production of Hamlet, starring Jude Law, which played on Broadway earlier this season. Cork meanwhile, was nominated against himself for his work on the Broadway show Enron, which originally played at the Chichester Festival Theatre and later at London’s Royal Court and in the West End.

In terms of sheer star wattage, the category to watch this year is Best Actor in a Play with Washington, Law and Molina going up against Christopher Walken (for Martin McDonagh’s Behanding in Spokane), and Liev Schreiber ( for Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge). Walken’s nomination was the sole nomination Spokane received.

Also nominated for Best Musical was American Idiot, based on the Green Day album of the same name, and which also earned nominations for scenic design and lighting design.

The Tony Awards will take place on June 13.

The nominations in full are:

BEST PLAY

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play – by Sarah Ruhl

Next Fall – by Geoffrey Nauffts

Red – by John Logan

Time Stands Still – by Donald Margulies

BEST MUSICAL

American Idiot

Fela!

Memphis

Million Dollar Quartet

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

Everyday Rapture – by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott

Fela! – by Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones

Memphis – by Joe DiPietro

Million Dollar Quartet – by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

The Addams Family – Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa

Enron – Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble

Fences – Music: Branford Marsalis

Memphis – Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

Fences

Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Finian’s Rainbow

La Cage aux Folles

A Little Night Music

Ragtime

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red

Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge

Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane

Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Viola Davis, Fences

Valerie Harper, Looped

Linda Lavin, Collected Stories

Laura Linney, Time Stands Still

Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles

Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises

Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles

Chad Kimball, Memphis

Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow

Montego Glover, Memphis

Christiane Noll, Ragtime

Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

David Alan Grier, Race

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences

Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts

Stephen Kunken, Enron

Eddie Redmayne, Red

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family

Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge

Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge

Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family

Robin De Jes‚àö‚à´s, La Cage aux Folles

Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow

Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet

Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim

Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music

Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away

Lillias White, Fela!

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Michael Grandage, Red

Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall

Kenny Leon, Fences

Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime

Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family

Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter

Santo Loquasto, Fences

Christopher Oram, Red

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Marina Draghici, Fela!

Christine Jones, American Idiot

Derek McLane, Ragtime

Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor

Constanza Romero, Fences

David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play

Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Marina Draghici, Fela!

Santo Loquasto, Ragtime

Paul Tazewell, Memphis

Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Neil Austin, Hamlet

Neil Austin, Red

Mark Henderson, Enron

Brian MacDevitt, Fences

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Kevin Adams, American Idiot

Donald Holder, Ragtime

Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles

Robert Wierzel, Fela!

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

Acme Sound Partners, Fences

Adam Cork, Enron

Adam Cork, Red

Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles

Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!

Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music

Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles

Aaron Johnson, Fela!

Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises

Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

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