What you need to know about the Tony Award nominations

Each year, the Tony Awards recognize the best of the best gracing Broadway stages. (Logo courtesy of the Tony Awards)

Do you sing show tunes in the shower? Are you an avid theatre junkie? Or are you maybe planning a trip to New York City sometime soon? The chances are good that your bucket list includes seeing a play or musical on show business’ most famous circuit.

Each year, the Tony Awards recognize the best of the best gracing Broadway stages. Here are some highlights from the just-released list of nominations, featuring the usual hefty dose of movie stars and book adaptations. Leading the pack with 12 nominations each are new musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home.”

Be sure to tune in on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. for the full show, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, and see who goes home with the awards. For now, let these lists and links satisfy your theatre craving.

Best Musical

An American In Paris

Something Rotten! – by the folks who brought us The Book of Mormon.

The Visit

Fun Home

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime– based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon


Hand to God- hand puppets are involved.

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two– also based on best-selling books, these by Hilary Mantel

Best Revival of a Musical

The King & I

On The Town features the Broadway classic “New York New York”

On The Twentieth Century- Kristin Chenoweth plays a starlet, which is almost as shocking as Helen Mirren playing a queen.

Best Revival of a Play

The Elephant Man- Bradley Cooper stars as a 19th century man with a severe disfigurement.


This is Our Youth

You Can’t Take it With You

Best Actor in a Play

Steven Boyer, Hand of God

Bradley Cooper, Elephant Man

Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Bill Nighy, Skylight

Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Best Actress in a Play 

Geneva Carr, Hand to God

Helen Mirren, The Audience

Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles

Carey Mulligan, Skylight

Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Actor in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Robert Fairchild, An American In Paris

Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!

Ken Watanabe, The King and I

Tony Yazbeck, On The Town

Best Actress in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century

Leanne Cope, An American in Paris

Beth Malone, Fun Home

Kelli O’Hara, The King and I

Chita RiveraThe Visit

Be sure to check out the rest of the nominations and plenty of additional information on the Tony Awards’ website.

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