Waymon Hudson

Tony Award Nominations are announced!!

Filed By Waymon Hudson | May 13, 2008 1:30 PM | comments

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I am so gay. I mean REALLY gay.

I love the Tony Awards. They are my porn. I look forward to them every year, so I always wait anxiously for the nominations to be announced.

Wait no more, fellow theater-buffs, because the nominations are after the jump!! The ceremony is June 15th on CBS, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. So get on your dancin' shoes and check out the list!

Best Play
August: Osage County
Rock 'n' Roll
The Seafarer
The 39 Steps

Best Musical
Cry-Baby
In The Heights
Passing Strange
Xanadu

Best Book of a Musical
Cry-Baby
In The Heights
Passing Strange
Xanadu

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Cry-Baby
In The Heights
The Little Mermaid
Passing Strange

Best Revival of a Play
Boeing-Boeing
The Homecoming
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Macbeth

Best Revival of a Musical
Grease
Gypsy
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Sunday in the Park with George

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Ben Daniels, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Mark Rylance, Boeing-Boeing
Rufus Sewell, Rock 'n' Roll
Patrick Stewart, Macbeth

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eve Best, The Homecoming
Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County
Kate Fleetwood, Macbeth
S. Epatha Merkerson, Come Back, Little Sheba
Amy Morton, August: Osage County

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Daniel Evans, Sunday in the Park with George
Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights
Stew, Passing Strange
Paulo Szot, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Tom Wopat, A Catered Affair

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kerry Butler, Xanadu
Patti LuPone, Gypsy
Kelli O'Hara, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Faith Prince, A Catered Affair
Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park with George

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, Mauritius
Raul Esparza, The Homecoming
Conleth Hill, The Seafarer
Jim Norton, The Seafarer
David Pittu, Is He Dead?

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Sinead Cusack, Rock 'n' Roll
Mary McCormack, Boeing-Boeing
Laurie Metcalf, November
Martha Plimpton, Top Girls
Rondi Reed, August: Osage County

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Daniel Breaker, Passing Strange
Danny Burstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Robin De Jesus, In The Heights
Christopher Fitzgerald, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Boyd Gaines, Gypsy

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
de'Adre Aziza, Passing Strange
Laura Benanti, Gypsy
Andrea Martin, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Olga Merediz, In The Heights
Loretta Ables Sayre, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Peter McKintosh, The 39 Steps
Scott Pask, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Todd Rosenthal, August: Osage County
Anthony Ward, Macbeth

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network, Sunday in the Park with George
Anna Louizos, In The Heights
Robin Wagner, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
Michael Yeargan, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Best Costume Design of a Play
Gregory Gale, Cyrano de Bergerac
Rob Howell, Boeing-Boeing
Katrina Lindsay, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Peter McKintosh, The 39 Steps

Best Costume Design of a Musical
David Farley, Sunday in the Park with George
Martin Pakledinaz, Gypsy
Paul Tazewell, In The Heights
Catherine Zuber, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Kevin Adams, The 39 Steps
Howard Harrison, Macbeth
Donald Holder, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Ann G. Wrightson, August: Osage County

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, Sunday in the Park with George
Howell Binkley, In The Heights
Donald Holder, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Natasha Katz, The Little Mermaid

Best Sound Design of a Play
Simon Baker, Boeing-Boeing
Adam Cork, Macbeth
Ian Dickinson, Rock 'n' Roll
Mic Pool, The 39 Steps

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners, In The Heights
Sebastian Frost, Sunday in the Park with George
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Dan Moses Schreier, Gypsy

Best Direction of a Play
Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps
Conor McPherson, The Seafarer
Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County
Matthew Warchus, Boeing-Boeing

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Buntrock, Sunday in the Park with George
Thomas Kail, In The Heights
Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
Bartlett Sher, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, Cry-Baby
Andy Blankenbuehler, In The Heights
Christopher Gattelli, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Dan Knechtges, Xanadu

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr, Sunday in the Park with George
Alex Lacamoire & Bill Sherman, In The Heights
Stew & Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange
Jonathan Tunick, A Catered Affair

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Special Tony Award
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theatre in the field of orchestrations, as represented on Broadway this season by Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific.

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Stephen Sondheim

So make your predictions, plan your party, and get out the bubbly! It's time for a night of theater!!


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I love the Tony Awards. They are my porn.

Oh, Waymon, I knew you were good people before, now I positively adore you.

If you really feel that way, I suggest checking out the first episode of the YouTube show The Battery's Down - the song "This Is Your Life" expresses a very similar sentiment.

Jere-

I LOVE you!! I have never seen that youtube show before! It's great!

And as the Awards approach, I will be talking more about them and posting any snippets from the nominees that I can find.

I have no idea. I'm going to vote for Patrick Stewart just because not only has he been a Star Trek captain, but he played gay in Jeffrey. With that combo he's a sure bet for a star-studded parade of gays.

*grins*

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Stephen Sondheim

Waymon, may I indulge in a bit of pointless name dropping?

Shortly after Christmas 1996, I was still living in Los Angeles, and I went with my friend Gary to go see Madonna's new film, Evita. I believe it was at the CineramaDome on Sunset Blvd. right before they re-modeled it.

At the end of the film, near the end of the credits, the two men sitting to my left got up and squeezed out in front of Gary and me. I said, "I think those two were a pair, don't you?" and Gary replied, "Don't you know who those two men were? That was Stephen Sondheim and his lover _________." (Gary knew the companion's name, but it didn't stick with me.)

Of course I knew who Stephen Sondheim was/is, but not what he looked like. So I watched Evita sitting next to Stephen Sondheim and his lover, except I didn't know it until it was all over.

What...No nominations for Debbie Allen's revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?

I'm happy to see Laurence Fishburne's name on this list as well.

Well, spurred on by AJ's pointless name dropping, I will needlessly brag... 'cause I can!

I actually *attended* the Tony Awards. It was the first year that Rosie O'Donnell was hosting in Radio City Music Hall.

Unfortunately, I long since no longer fit into the tux I bought for the ocassion.

Sigh.

Sorry. Aparently my computer had a smal stroke.

Congratulations, Rory! My dream has always been to even just sit in the audience during one of those major award shows --- the Oscars, the Grammys, the Golden Globes, the Tony's, etc.

I did once make it to a MECLA awards dinner that Rosie MC'ed at. Just by happenstance, I sat next to two charming Black women who introduced themselves as Diane and Maxine. Then later in the evening Diana and Maxine had their names mentioned from the podium and they each stood up and waved in the spotlight. They turned out to be California State Senator Diane Watson and US Representative Maxine Waters.

Until that moment I was clueless. Well ... Duh!

California State Senator Diane Watson is now Congresswoman Diane Watson. I've had the pleasure of meeting Congresswoman Waters while lobbying.

Thank you for your envy, AJ. I appreciate it !!

Your name-dropping abilities would be enormously enhanced if you were to study recognizing celebrities. ;-) Of course, depending on your interests in who you would want to recognize would dictate your course of study.

*I* would have recognized Maxine Waters because I'm a political junkie. But I wouldn't be able to pick out a recording artist who began their career after 1985 in a line up.