Congrats to “Hairspray” and Company: 13 Tony Nominations

Good ‘Hairspray’ day
Musical scores 13 Tony nominations

The musical “Hairspray” grabbed a lucky 13 Tony Award nominations today. No surprise, the show’s biggest competition in the best-musical category turned out to be the Billy Joel tuner “Movin’ Out,” which took 10 noms. Revivals also filled many of the nom slots, with “Nine,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “La Boheme” each taking six or more.

John Lithgow and Melanie Griffith read the long list of 96 nominations at a press conference held at Sardi’s restaurant. Griffith, who is making her Broadway debut in “Chicago” this summer, had the unusual pleasure of reading off her husband’s name as one of the top nominees. Antonio Banderas was cited as best actor in a musical for his current star turn in “Nine.”

The awards ceremony takes place June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.

And the Nominees Are…


Enchanted April, Author: Matthew Barber, Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Richard Gross/Ellen Berman/Les Goldman, Raymond J. & Pearl Berman Greenwald, Irving Welzer, Tonia Walker Davidson, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, Howard R. Berlin, Jerry Frankel, Terry E. Schnuck, Frederic B. Vogel, Dori Berinstein/Barrie & Jim Loeks/Dramatic Forces

Take Me Out, Author: Richard Greenberg, Producers: Carole Shorenstein Hays, Frederick DeMann, The Donmar Warehouse and The Public Theater

Say Goodnight Gracie, Author: Rupert Holmes, Producers: William Franzblau, Jay H. Harris, Louise Westergaard, Larry Spellman, Elsa Daspin Haft, Judith Resnick, Anne Gallagher, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, Martha R. Gasparian, Bruce Lazarus, Lawrence S. Toppall, Jae French

Vincent in Brixton, Author: Nicholas Wright, Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, The Royal National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd., Maidstone Productions, Robert Fox Ltd., Elliott F. Kulick, Incidental Coleman Tod, The Shubert Organization


Amour, Producers: The Shubert Organization, Jean Doumanian Productions, Inc., USA Ostar Theatricals

A Year With Frog and Toad, Producers: Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz, Roy Furman, Scott E. Nederlander, The Children’s Theatre Company

Hairspray, Producers: Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertel-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, New Line Cinema, Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, J. & B. Osher

Movin’ Out, Producers: James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment, Emanuel Azenberg

Book of a Musical

Amour, Book by: Didier van Cauwelaert; English Adaptation by: Jeremy Sams

A Year With Frog and Toad, Book by: Willie Reale

Flower Drum Song, Book by: David Henry Hwang

Hairspray, Book by: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan

Original Score

A Year With Frog and Toad, Music: Robert Reale, Lyrics: Willie Reale

Amour, Music: Michel Legrand, Lyrics: Didier van Cauwelaert; English Adaptation by: Jeremy Sams

Hairspray, Music: Marc Shaiman, Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

Urban Cowboy The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Jeff Blumenkrantz, Bob Stillman, Jason Robert Brown, Danny Arena, Sara Light, Lauren Lucas, Jerry Silverstein, Martie Maguire, Wayland D. Holyfield, Bob Lee House, Carl L. Byrd, Pevin Byrd-Munoz, Luke Reed, Roger Brown, Jerry Chestnut, Marcus Hummon, Clint Black, James Hayden Nicholas, Tommy Conners, Skip Ewing, Charles Daniels, Tom Crain, Fred Edwards, Taz DiGregorio, Jim Marshall, Charlie Hayward, Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan, Ronnie Dunn and Bob Morrison

Revival of a Play

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Ellen Richard, Julia C. Levy, Sonia Friedman Productions

Dinner at Eight, Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Producers: The Araca Group, Jean Doumanian Productions, USA Ostar Theatricals, Jam Theatricals, Ray and Kit Sawyer

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Producers: David Richenthal, Max Cooper, Eric Falkenstein, Anthony and Charlene Marshall, Darren Bagert, Kara Medoff, Lisa Vioni, Gene Korf

Revival of a Musical

Gypsy, Producers: Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein, WWLC

La Bohème, Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Emanuel Azenberg, Bazmark Live, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Korea Pictures/Doyun Seol, J. Sine/I. Pittelman/S. Nederlander, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Man of La Mancha, Producers: David Stone, Jon B. Platt, Susan Quint Gallin, Sandy Gallin, Seth M. Siegel, USA Ostar Theatricals, Mary Lu Roffe

Nine The Musical, Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Ellen Richard, Julia C. Levy

Special Theatrical Event

Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, Producers: Eric Krebs, Jonathan Reinis, CTM Productions, Anne Strickland Squadron, Michael Viner, David and Adam Friedson, Allen Spivak/Larry Magid, M. Kilburg Reedy

The Play What I Wrote, Producers: David Pugh, Joan Cullman, Mike Nichols, Hamilton South,

Charles Whitehead, Stuart Thompson

Prune Danish, Producers: Jyll Rosenfeld, Jon Stoll

Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Producers: Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan, Jonathan Reinis, Richard Martini, Larry Magid, Allen Spivak, Kimora Lee Simmons, Jeffrey Chartier, Stacy Carter, Island Def Jam Music Group

Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Brian Bedford, Tartuffe

Brian Dennehy, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Eddie Izzard, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Paul Newman, Our Town

Stanley Tucci, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Jayne Atkinson, Enchanted April

Victoria Hamilton, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Clare Higgins, Vincent in Brixton

Vanessa Redgrave, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Fiona Shaw, Medea

Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Antonio Banderas, Nine The Musical

Harvey Fierstein, Hairspray

Malcolm Gets, Amour

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha

John Selya, Movin’ Out

Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Melissa Errico, Amour

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Man of La Mancha

Elizabeth Parkinson, Movin’ Out

Bernadette Peters, Gypsy

Marissa Jaret Winokur, Hairspray

Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Robert Sean Leonard, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Denis O’Hare, Take Me Out

Daniel Sunjata, Take Me Out

Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Christine Ebersole, Dinner at Eight

Linda Emond, Life (x) 3

Kathryn Meisle, Tartuffe

Michele Pawk, Hollywood Arms

Marian Seldes, Dinner at Eight

Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Michael Cavanaugh, Movin’ Out

John Dossett, Gypsy

Dick Latessa, Hairspray

Corey Reynolds, Hairspray

Keith Roberts, Movin’ Out

Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Tammy Blanchard, Gypsy

Jane Krakowski, Nine The Musical

Mary Stuart Masterson, Nine The Musical

Chita Rivera, Nine The Musical

Ashley Tuttle, Movin’ Out

Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty, Dinner at Eight

Santo Loquasto, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Catherine Martin, La Bohème

David Rockwell, Hairspray

Costume Design

Gregg Barnes, Flower Drum Song

William Ivey Long, Hairspray

Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, La Bohème

Catherine Zuber, Dinner at Eight

Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Movin’ Out

Nigel Levings, La Bohème

Brian MacDevitt, Nine The Musical

Kenneth Posner, Hairspray

Direction of a Play

Laurence Boswell, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Robert Falls, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, Take Me Out

Deborah Warner, Medea

Direction of a Musical

David Leveaux, Nine The Musical

Baz Luhrmann, La Bohème

Jack O’Brien, Hairspray

Twyla Tharp, Movin’ Out


Robert Longbottom, Flower Drum Song

Jerry Mitchell, Hairspray

Melinda Roy, Urban Cowboy The Musical

Twyla Tharp, Movin’ Out


Billy Joel and Stuart Malina, Movin’ Out

Nicholas Kitsopoulos, La Bohème

Jonathan Tunick, Nine The Musical

Harold Wheeler, Hairspray

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Cy Feuer

Regional Theatre Tony Award

The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN)

Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

The principal ensemble of La Bohème

Paul Huntley

Johnson-Liff Casting Associates

The Acting Company

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