Here are the 10 phenomenal directors nominated for Best Direction of a Play and Best Direction of a Musical:
Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, “Skylight”
Marianne Elliott, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Scott Ellis, “You Can’t Take It With You”
Jeremy Herrin, “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, “Hand to God”
Here’s a few fun facts:
– Stephen Daldry made his feature film directorial debut in 2000 with “Billy Elliot” and then went on to win Best Direction of a Musical for the stage version in 2009. “Billy Elliot” also played here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from March 18, 2010 – November 28, 2010.
– In 2011, Marianne Elliott won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of “War Horse,” along with co-director Tom Morris. The production toured through Chicago December 18, 2012 – January 5, 2013 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
– Scott Ellis attended the Chicago Goodman School of Drama.
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, “Fun Home”
Casey Nicholaw, “Something Rotten!”
John Rando, “On the Town”
Bartlett Sher, “The King and I”
Christopher Wheeldon, “An American in Paris”
Here’s a few more fun facts:
– Sam Gold started out as an actor, appearing as a replacement understudy in “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Broadway in 1997-1998.
– John Rando won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for “Urinetown the Musical” in 2002. He also directed “The Wedding Singer” on Broadway in 2006.
– In 2014, Bartlett Sher directed the beautiful musical, “The Bridges of Madison County” which unfortunately only ran for 100 performances from February 2014 to May 2014.