Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ Dominates with 14 Nominations

By Paul Riegler on 30 April 2019
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““Hadestown,” a new musical based on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, led the Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday with 14, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Actress, and Best Scenic Design. The show will face off against “Beetlejuice” and “Tootsie,” both adaptations of movies, as well as “The Prom” and “Ain’t Too Proud.”

“Choir Boy,” “The Ferryman,” “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” “Ink,” and “What the Constitution Means to Me” were nominated for Best Play, while only two musicals, “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Oklahoma!” were nominated for Best Revival of a Musical.

“All My Sons,” “The Boys in the Band,” “Burn This,” “Torch Song,” and “The Waverly Gallery” were nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” an adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, while receiving nine nominations, including for three of its performers, was snubbed in the Best Play category as was the stage adaptation of the movie “Network,” which starred Bryan Cranston, who was nominated for Best Actor. “Network” received five nominations all told.

Jukebox musical “The Cher Show,” which tells the life story of, well, Cher, won three nominations, including one for legendary costumer Bob Mackie – known in particular for the so-called “curtain dress” he designed for Carol Burnett for her show’s parody of “Gone With the Wind” that included a curtain rod across the shoulders – and for star Stephanie J. Block.

Left out in the cold was “Be More Chill,” which transferred earlier this year from off-Broadway to the Great White Way. The sci-fi hit that tells the story of a teenager’s attempt to fit in by taking a grey pill called a Squip, which contains a supercomputer that communicates directly with the brain, came to Broadway on the sheer strength of its online fan base – albeit one that is largely adolescent, which resulted in the show’s only nomination going to composer Joe Iconis for Best Original Score.

Meanwhile, “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which starred Daniel Radcliffe in the role of an unrelenting magazine fact checker, didn’t garner any nominations.

Tony voters – who number approximately 860 – have until early June to make their choices. Winners will be announced June 9 at the awards ceremony hosted by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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