It was little surprise when the brand-new musical Once won when the Tony Award nominations were revealed in New York. Although Once is a considerably more modest production than former nominees, it has captivated the hearts of critics and audiences alike, earning 11 Tony Award nominations, including best musical, best direction of a musical, and three acting awards.
The new musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It," which made its Broadway debut last month, and the revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, both of which received 10 nominations each, were not far behind Once. The musical Porgy and Bess by the Gershwins is up for best revival, and both of its leads, Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, have been recognized for their outstanding performances.
While Newsies, the most recent Disney production, received eight nominations, including best musical, best book, and best original score, which is newsworthy. Newsies, a Broadway production based on the cult hit musical film of the same name, is swiftly gaining popularity among audiences, and it will almost probably be extended over its present run.
Without a little Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Tony Awards simply wouldn't be the same. The two Broadway mainstays' successful revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita received recognition, as well as nominations for best actor and best musical revival, respectively.
The competition for "best performance by an actress in a prominent role in a play" will undoubtedly be fierce, pitting Nina Arianda against Tracie Bennett, who is well-known for her portrayal of Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow (perfection as Vanda in Venus in Fur).
The much-discussed Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, on the other hand, garnered nods for scenic and costume design, two categories that set the comic book hero-inspired musical apart for its aesthetically stunning design.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph of Ghost the Musical received a nomination for her portrayal of Oda Mae Brown, whoopi Goldberg's character in the Academy Award-winning 1990 movie on which this new musical is based. The new show Leap of Faith, like Ghost the Musical, is based on a popular 1990s movie (which starred the incomparable Steve Martin as a bogus faith healer Jonas Nightingale). The best musical nominee was Leap of Faith.