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Tony Awards nominees include multiple Chicago connections!

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by B.I. C. No Comments

Another Tony Awards season is upon us! We are looking forward to celebrating another exciting season of theatre and equally thrilled to highlight all the Chicago connections to this year’s nominees.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated shows this season is The Band’s Visit, which garnered a total of 11 nominations, including best direction of a musical by David Cromer. Before his work on Broadway, Cromer spent a large portion of his career in Chicago helming acclaimed productions of Angels in America Parts I and II at The Journeymen Theatre, The Price at Writers’ Theatre and Rent at American Theater Company.

SpongeBob SquarePants, which made its Pre-Broadway World Premiere in summer of 2016 at the Oriental Theatre, soaked up 12 nominations and is directed by Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Tina Landau. Also hailing from the Steppenwolf stage is Laurie Metcalf, nominated for her performance in Three Tall Women.

Additionally, David Zinn received two nominations for his dual role as both scenic and costume designer for the whimsical world of Bikini Bottom in SpongeBob SquarePants. And of course, a special shout out to the variety of artists who took home a best original score nomination for SpongeBob SquarePants including: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles (a previous Best Score nominee for the upcoming Waitress the Musical), Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper (a previous Best Score Tony Award winner for Kinky Boots, which also originated in Chicago) & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast its spell over the Tony Awards and earned a total of 10 nominations including Best Play. This production features several Chicago actors including Alex Weisman, Jessie Fisher, Nathan Salstone and James Romney. Weisman, a Northwestern graduate, and Romney, a graduate of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for Performing Arts, and Salstone, the 2012 IHSMTA Best Actor winner, all made their Broadway debuts, while Fisher previously appeared on Broadway in Once and is a native of Highland Park.

Tina Fey, who got her start at Second City in Chicago, was nominated for best book of a musical for Mean Girls and Fey’s husband, former Second City musician Jeff Richmond, was nominated for best score with his co-writer Nell Benjamin. Two-time Tony winner Gregg Barnes is also nominated for his costume design work in Mean Girls. Gregg’s costume creations have been seen by Chicagoans in Disney’s Aladdin and most recently on stage at the Oriental Theatre in Pretty Woman: The Musical.

Jessie Mueller, an Evanston native and a veteran to the Chicago stage, was nominated for her leading performance as Julie in Carousel, alongside Joshua Henry, who played opposite her as Billy Bigelow. Henry appeared most recently with Broadway In Chicago as Aaron Burr in the original Chicago cast of Hamilton.

On the design front; Academy and Tony Award-winner Ann Roth is nominated for her costume design in Three Tall Women. Ann’s designs brought Mormon to the minds of Chicagoans in 2012 and will sure do the same when The Book of Mormon says “Hello” again in November.

We are also thrilled that members of the creative team for the upcoming The Cher Show have rounded up several nominations as well. Kevin Adams (Nominated for lighting design of a musical – SpongeBob SquarePants), Christopher Gattelli (Nominated for choreography – SpongeBob SquarePants) and Christine Jones (Nominated for scenic design – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) all come together this June when The Cher Show has its Pre-Broadway Premiere at the Oriental Theatre June 12 – July 15.

Tune in to the 72nd annual Tony Awards hosted by CBS on Sunday, June 10, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. CT!

Everybody Say YEAH! KINKY BOOYS and ‘Wolf’s WOOLF Take Top Tony Award Honors

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

source: KINKY BOOTS Facebook Page

Chicago was truly represented at last night’s Tony Awards with our very own Kinky Boots and Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? taking home numerous awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Revival of a Play.” Kinky Boots’ multiple wins (including “Best Score” for Cyndi Lauper, “Best Lead Actor in a Musical” for Billy Porter, and “Best Choreography” for Jerry Mitchell) should come to no surprise to Broadway In Chicago audiences as it was definitely a fan favorite when its pre-Broadway world premiere hit the Bank of America Theatre last season.

It was the wins for Steppenwolf’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that were exceptionally inspiring for the Chicago theatre community. “A special nod to the Chicago community where Steppenwolf has had its home for the last 37 years.” Martha Lavey called it when accepting the award for “Best Revival of a Play.”

“I share this with the actors in Chicago and in storefronts,” said “Best Lead Actor in a Play” winner Tracy Letts. “We are the ones who say it to their faces and we have a unique responsibility.” You can watch the entirety of his inspiring acceptance speech here.

Broadway In Chicago Vice President and Chair of the League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors Eileen LaCario called it “a true tribute that only someone as well spoken and respected as [Lavey and Letts] could deliver. [They] took [their] moment and turned it into our moment.”

It was another amazing night for Broadway, once again hosted by the affable Neil Patrick Harris. Check out the rousing opening number and the full winners list after the jump:

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