Daily Roundup: 2023 Tony Award Nominations

I figured we would do a little roundup of thr Tony awards, first up some links to articles, then my thoguhts and then the full list of nominations below. Send me your thoughts!


My Thoughts

  • I honestly do not understand the Some Like it Hot extreme love. Of all the nominated musicals it was my least favorite so weird to see it has the most nominations
  • But most significantly I do not understand Casey Nicholaw director nod over Tommy Kail and Susan Stroman . As much as I loved Into the woods, it really wasn’t because of the direction it was the absurdly talented performers. What was done with Sweeny Todd was so much more impactful.
  • I don’t like that there are only 4 female leads in a play. Also there is one more male lead in a musical. The official answer from the folks who know is because there were fewer potentials. If that is the case, we need to get more women on the boards! because the omissions of Rachel Brosnahan or Laura Linney feel like they could have been easily fixed with going to 5?
  • I loved Death of a Salesman and Sharon D Clarke so sad no to see those nominated, but I have not seen all the plays so I will just assume the others are justifiably better.
  • There is lots of talk about the gendered categories, especially given that there are two nominations that are non binary. The Drama desk and others went to non gendered categories but sadly it reduced the number of nominations. I agree with the genderless nominations, but to spread the love could we do Revival performances and original performances? It would actually make sense given that ones are originating a role and the other are reinterpreting one?
  • Obsessed with Sara Bareilles getting nominated
  • Philipa soo had two fabulous performances this year and I’m sad she didn’t get any love
  • this tweet won the day. I always feel bad for the shows that get shut out (ive worked in those) and this was a tough year. I didn’t love Dancin but I could see some love in technical. AS for Beautiful Noise, I was expecting Will Swenson to sneak in, but then again it is a tough year and if you are not in the good shows maybe you get less attention. As for Bad cinderella, not my favorite ALW but 1. I loved the costumes I would have totally put it in there for sure over Parade. I think sometimes you just nominate everything for the show you liked, but i think technical categories should have been more nuanced. Also the score ended up in my head way more than Almost Famous.

The Full Nominations

Best New Play

  • “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • “Between Riverside and Crazy”
  • “Cost of Living”
  • “Fat Ham”
  • Leopoldstadt

Best New Musical

Best Play Revival

  • “A Doll’s House”
  • “The Piano Lesson”
  • “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
  • “Topdog/Underdog”

Best Musical Revival

Best Leading Actor in a Play

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Topdog/Underdog”
  • Corey Hawkins, “Topdog/Underdog”
  • Sean Hayes, “Good Night, Oscar”
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson, “Between Riverside and Crazy”
  • Wendell Pierce, “Death of a Salesman”

Best Leading Actress in a Play

  • Jessica Chastain, “A Doll’s House”
  • Jodie Comer, “Prima Facie”
  • Jessica Hecht, “Summer, 1976”
  • Audra McDonald, “Ohio State Murders”

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

  • Annaleigh Ashford, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • Sara Bareilles, “Into the Woods”
  • Victoria Clark, “Kimberly Akimbo”
  • Lorna Courtney, “& Juliet”
  • Micaela Diamond, “Parade”

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

  • Christian Borle, “Some Like It Hot”
  • J. Harrison Ghee, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Josh Groban, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • Brian D’Arcy James, “Into the Woods”
  • Ben Platt, “Parade”
  • Colton Ryan, “New York, New York”

Best Featured Actor in a Play

  • Jordan E. Cooper, “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • Samuel L. Jackson, “The Piano Lesson”
  • Arian Moayed, “A Doll’s House”
  • Brandon Uranowitz, “Leopoldstadt”
  • David Zayas, “Cost of Living”

Best Featured Actress in a Play

  • Nikki Crawford, “Fat Ham”
  • Crystal Lucas-Perry, “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • Miriam Silverman, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”
  • Katy Sullivan, “Cost of Living”
  • Kara Young, “Cost of Living”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Kevin Cahoon, “Shucked”
  • Justin Cooley, “Kimberly Akimbo”
  • Kevin Del Aguila, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Jordan Donica, “Camelot”
  • Alex Newell, “Shucked”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Julia Lester, “Into the Woods”
  • Ruthie Ann Miles, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • Bonnie Milligan, “Kimberly Akimbo”
  • NaTasha Yvette Williams, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Betsy Wolfe, “& Juliet”

Best Direction of a Play

  • Saheem Ali, “Fat Ham”
  • Jo Bonney, “Cost of Living”
  • Jamie Lloyd, “A Doll’s House”
  • Patrick Marber, “Leopoldstadt”
  • Stevie Walker-Webb, “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • Max Webster, “Life of Pi”

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Michael Arden, “Parade”
  • Lear deBessonet, “Into the Woods”
  • Casey Nicholaw, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Jack O’Brien, “Shucked”
  • Jessica Stone, “Kimberly Akimbo”

Best Book of a Musical

  • David Lindsay-Abaire, “Kimberly Akimbo”
  • Robert Horn, “Shucked”
  • Matthew López and Amber Ruffin,“Some Like It Hot”
  • David West Read, “& Juliet”
  • David Thompson and Sharon Washington, “New York, New York”

Best Original Score

  • Almost Famous,” music by Tom Kitt; lyrics by Cameron Crowe and Tom Kitt
  • “Kimberly Akimbo,” music by Jeanine Tesori; lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • “KPOP,” music and lyrics: Helen Park and Max Vernon
  • “Shucked,” music and lyrics: Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark
  • “Some Like It Hot,” music and lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Best Choreography

  • Steven Hoggett, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • Casey Nicholaw, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Susan Stroman, “New York, New York”
  • Jennifer Weber, “& Juliet”
  • Jennifer Weber, “KPOP”

Best Orchestrations

  • John Clancy, “Kimberly Akimbo”
  • Jason Howland, “Shucked”
  • Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro, “& Juliet”
  • Daryl Waters and Sam Davis, “New York, New York”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • Miriam Buether, “Prima Facie”
  • Tim Hatley and Andrzej Goulding, “Life of Pi”
  • Rachel Hauck, “Good Night, Oscar”
  • Richard Hudson, “Leopoldstadt”
  • Dane Laffrey and Lucy Mackinnon, “A Christmas Carol”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Beowulf Boritt, “New York, New York”
  • Mimi Lien, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
  • Scott Pask, “Shucked”
  • Scott Pask, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Michael Yeargan and 59 Productions, “Camelot”

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, “Life of Pi”
  • Dominique Fawn Hill, “Fat Ham”
  • Brigitte Reiffensutel, “Leopoldstadt”
  • Emilio Sosa, “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • Emilio Sosa, “Good Night, Oscar”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Gregg Barnes, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Susan Hilferty, “Parade”
  • Jennifer Moeller, “Camelot”
  • Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi, “KPOP”
  • Paloma Young, “& Juliet”
  • Donna Zakowska, “New York, New York”

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • Jonathan Deans and Taylor Williams, “Ain’t No Mo’”
  • Carolyn Downing, “Life of Pi”
  • Joshua D. Reid, “A Christmas Carol”
  • Ben and Max Ringham, “A Doll’s House”
  • Ben and Max Ringham, “Prima Facie”

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Kai Harada, “New York, New York”
  • John Shivers, “Shucked”
  • Scott Lehrer and Alex Neumann, “Into the Woods”
  • Gareth Owen, “& Juliet”
  • Nevin Steinberg, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • Neil Austin, “Leopoldstadt”
  • Natasha Chivers, “Prima Facie”
  • Jon Clark, “A Doll’s House”
  • Bradley King, “Fat Ham”
  • Tim Lutkin, “Life of Pi”
  • Jen Schriever, “Death of a Salesman”
  • Ben Stanton, “A Christmas Carol”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Ken Billington, “New York, New York”
  • Lap Chi Chu, “Camelot”
  • Heather Gilbert, “Parade”
  • Howard Hudson, “& Juliet”
  • Natasha Katz, “Some Like It Hot”
  • Natasha Katz, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street””

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