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While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.
The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.
Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.
“Sweat,” written by Lynn Nottage: sweatbroadway.com
Written by The Interval.
The Tony Award nominations were announced this morning and, for the third year in a row, we did some counting to see how women fared at getting nominated for theater’s most prestigious award. When we started doing these stats three years ago, we found that we had to do a lot of counting, since so few statistics about women and theater awards existed (which is kind of bonkers) and so many publications left that aspect out of their coverage. And, despite some historic moments (“Fun Home”), the statistics reflect the state of Broadway — because if work by women isn’t in eligible houses, it can’t be nominated.
So here are the statistics for 2017, or: we counted, so you don’t have to.
(Please note that these stats count nominations, not individuals.)
Since 2000, “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage and “Indecent” by Paula Vogel are the eighth and ninth women-written plays to be nominated for Best Play. Nominations have gone to plays by men 60 times.If “Sweat” wins the award for Best Play, it will only be the fourth time a solo-authored play by a woman has won, and Lynn Nottage will be the second American woman and first African-American woman to win.If “Indecent” wins the award for Best Play, it will only be the fourth time a solo-authored play by a woman has won, and Paula Vogel will be the second American woman to win.This is only the third time the Best Play category has had more than one play authored by a woman. The other two years were 2002 and 1960, which saw two plays by women nominated.Out of the nominees for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, none were directed by women. Because there were no revivals directed by women this season that were eligible for the Tony Awards.Since 2000, Rebecca Taichman is the 14th woman to be nominated for for Best Director of a Play. Men have been nominated 62 times.Since 2000, Rachel Chavkin is the 16th woman to be nominated for Best Director of a Musical. Men have been nominated 58 times.Since 2010, Mimi Lien is the sixth woman to be nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical. Men have been nominated 26 times.
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The Tony Awards are June 11. Find all the female nominees below. List adapted from Variety.
Best Book of a Musical:
“Come From Away” — Irene Sankoff (with David Hein)
Best Original Score:
“Come From Away” — Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff (with David Hein)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Cate Blanchett, “The Present”
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Patti LuPone, “War Paint”
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Johanna Day, “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Linda Cho, “Anastasia”
Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Jane Cox, “August Wilson’s Jitney”
Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Best Direction of a Play:
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”
Best Direction of a Musical:
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-Competitive Categories
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award:
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Nina Lannan (with Alan Wasser)
Tony Awards Stats Special: We Counted, So You Don’t Have To was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Women and Hollywood
The new Broadway musical, now in previews at New York City’s Broadhurst Theatre, brings the legend of Russia’s Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna to life.
Newcomer Christy Altomare plays Anya — an 18-year-old amnesiac orphan who, with the help of a con-man Dmitry (Derek Kelna), poses as the long-lost Grand Duchess Anastasia. In doing so, she learns a secret about her past while fighting to secure a future for herself. »
- Dave Quinn
Betty White's got nothing on Mary Beth Peil, TV’s beloved grandmother from Dawson’s Creek and The Good Wife, who is busier than ever after wrapping up seven seasons on the latter as the ever-watchful and prudish Jackie Florrick and now doing double duty on stage with back-to-back Broadway productions.
“It's thrilling, especially at my age,” Peil tells Et by phone. “There is no way to even dream -- as I get older, life gets better, as far as my professional life is concerned.”
“I am now closer to the age of Grams than I was 20 years ago,” the actress, now 76, says of playing the beloved grandmother to Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) on Dawson’s Creek. “People recognize me as Grams more now than they did then.”
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