The nominees for the 2022 Tony Awards have been announced, honoring shows that reopened Broadway after the pandemic during the 2021-22 season. A total of 29 productions received at least a nod, including pandemic-postponed productions, star-studded revivals, and new plays and musicals that span the gamut of musical and dramatic styles. Read the full list of 2022 Tony Award nominees and get tickets to Tony-nominated shows on New York Theater Guide.
Leading the pack in nominations is A strange loopthe Michael R. Jackson musical that won multiple Off-Broadway Awards in 2019 and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020. The show, based on Jackson’s highly musical writing process, landed 11 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Lead Actor in a Musical. (for Broadway newcomer Jaquel Spivey), Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater.
“When I first heard the work of Michael R. Jackson, I knew I was hearing an exciting and important new voice in American musical theatre. I was taken on a funny, insightful, wild and empowering journey – and I wanted to share this story that I had yet to see on a Broadway stage,” producer Barbara Whitman said in response to A strange loopthe appointments. “I’m so grateful to be able to work with the most talented creators, actors and designers who have come together to tell this groundbreaking story eight times a week.”
“Things like that don’t happen for people like me. Or so I thought. Until today,” Spivey said. “I forgot the very possibility of a Tony nomination because I never believed it was possible for someone like me. I thought I had to be skinny, I thought I had to be masculine, I I thought I had to be from a wealthy family, and I thought I had to be ‘perfect’. Turns out all I needed was Jaquel and it feels good right now.”
“I was trying to act like I wasn’t going to watch and something forced me out of bed and in front of the TV,” said John-Andrew Morrison, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for A strange loop. “I’m in shock but I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled for our show, for all the people who have been nominated. It’s been a journey and I’m so proud of us.”
On the side of starring actress in a musical, L Morgan Lee of A strange loop became the first openly transgender artist to receive a Tony Award nomination. “To specifically be a trans actress in the company of these incredible women that I have respected and appreciated for many years…This nomination is SO much bigger than me,” she said. “I hope someone sees this moment and feels they can go on. No matter what the world, or school, or people tell them they’re ‘supposed’ to be, how they’re ‘supposed’ to be. ringing…that they will continue to strive to love and embrace the fullest version of who they are. That they can safely find their breath in choosing the truth. That they will continue to study, work and dream the biggest dreams.
Fellow nominee Shoshana Bean said of her own nomination: “It’s still sinking…but what I know for sure is that I’m in a category with giants literal and for that, I’m so humbled and humbled. I’m proud to be part of the season that brought audiences back to the theater.” The bean is presented in Mr Saturday nightthe Billy Crystal-directed musical comedy adaptation of his 1992 film of the same name.
Crystal himself also received a Best Actor nomination, saying, “I’m so grateful for all five nominations. Mr Saturday night received and for the amazing people who made our show such a joy to experience.”
A strange loop and Mr Saturday night both received nominations for Best Musical, alongside place of paradise and MJ the musicalwhat path A strange loop for most nominations with 10 each. To complete the category are North country girl and Sixwhich began performing in 2020 just before the pandemic but was considered for Tony eligibility in Broadway’s 2021-2022 season.
SixThe creators of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, then students, said: “We created Six like a fun summer project for us and our friends in 2017, thinking that in the fall we would go on with our lives and become lawyers or accountants or something. So for this show to be nominated for a LITERAL Tony Award is just beyond that. for Gabriella Slade) and best choreography (for Carrie-Anne Ingrouille). The show’s six-woman ensemble also received an Olivier nomination at the time, but did not receive a Tony nomination this year.
On the other hand, the cast of some of this year’s major musicals landed their show’s only nominations. Rob McClure joined Spivey, Crystal, Myles Frost (as Michael Jackson in GM) and Hugh Jackman (as Professor Harold Hill in The music man) for playing the lead role in Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway. “I am delighted to have my name alongside these four brilliant artists for the next month, as we celebrate the resilience of this community. Our show has been through so much. This nomination pays tribute to all my remarkable colleagues at Sondheim [Theatre] that make my performance possible. I love them.”
Jared Grimes also received the only nod for funny girl, the first Broadway musical revival directed by Beanie Feldstein. “I’m super excited and grateful to be nominated for my first Tony. From day one, I’ve received nothing but love and support from the cast and creators of funny girl and it gives me the joy that I bring to the stage every night,” said Grimes, who earned a Best Featured Actor nomination. “It’s truly a dream come true that I can honor my idols such as Sammie Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines. in the form of Eddie Ryan.”
On the non-musical side, nominees for Best Play include The Lehman Trilogy, Clyde’s, Skeleton crew, Minutesand hanged. The latter two played a few performances in 2020 but had their official openings this spring, while the others opened in fall 2021.
“I am thrilled to be recognized for my work during this historic year on Broadway,” said Nottage, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Clyde’s and screenwriter for MJ The Musical. “I would like to thank my fellow travelers who have gone through this difficult time to bring the theater back. I have had the joy of working with incredible collaborators, such as [Clyde’s director] Kate Whoriskey and [MJ director] Christopher Wheeldon, who imbued the work with passion, love and joy.”
It is rare for a single person to be nominated twice in the same year, and only three artists have done so in 2022. Besides Nottage for Clyde’s and GMBeowulf Boritt received one nomination each for the set design of fly at sunset and POTUS: Or, behind every big fool are seven women trying to keep him alive. And for directing and choreographing the first cover of Ntozake Shange for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is insufficient, Camille A. Brown became the first black director/choreographer on Broadway in 67 years and earned Tony nominations for doing both.
“After 18 months of dark and empty scenes, just to create the worlds of POTUS and fly at sunset on Broadway was thrilling. Know how to do it with [POTUS director] Susan Stroman and [Flying Over Sunset director] James Lapine was more than I ever dared to dream of. Getting a couple of Tony nominations for them leaves me speechless,” Boritt said.
“I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to direct on Broadway, so to be recognized in this way is beyond what I ever imagined,” Brown said. “A special thank you to the producers, cast, creatives, crew and everyone at the Theater booth who brought our show to life. Uplifting Ntozake Shange and grateful for his choreography.
for girls of color was one of the many game revivals trending this season. He was joined by shows like Neil Simon’s farce Square Suite, which starred Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker and received a single Tony nomination for Best Costume Design; and take me out, Richard Greenberg’s play about a gay baseball pro which won Best Play in 2003. This year the show received four nominations, for Best Play Revival and Best Featured Actor for stars Jesse Williams, Michael Oberholtzer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (Ferguson plays Mason Marzac, the role that originally won Denis O’Hare Best Featured Actor Tony.)
“What a ride! I’m so thrilled for all of our take me out company and so grateful to the theater community for this welcome and this opportunity to grow,” Williams said. Oberholtzer added: “It’s a day I will never forget. Being a working actor is a blessing in itself; to have the opportunity to play a play by Richard Greenberg on Broadway is a grace; to be nominated for a Tony for my performance is worth a lifetime of gratitude.”
Another revival of the piece that is being talked about is that of Paula Vogel How I learned to drive, which just made its Broadway debut 25 years after its Off-Broadway world premiere. The production reunited its original director, Mark Brokaw, and original stars, Mary-Louise Parker and two-time Tony winner David Morse, who both earned Best Lead Actor and Actress nominations. in a play, respectively. Although 2022 marked Conductthe first Broadway production, The Show – with Alice Childress mind problemfeaturing Best Lead Actress in a Play nominated LaChanze—was considered in the Best Play category.
“I’m so honored to be nominated alongside my peers in this category,” Vogel said. “And so thrilled to walk the red carpet with Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse who take my breath away with every performance. My thanks to the entire cast and Mark Brokaw.”
“To be a part of this play appearing on Broadway after decades of effort is truly a dream come true. There is no greater honor than to perform Paula Vogel’s miraculous play alongside David Morse and Johanna Day and Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers The gift of participating in this first season, the return defies description, and I’m so grateful to the audiences who come to any show and bring these homes that have remained dark for so many years back to life. a long time, with so many unemployed and struggling,” Parker said. . “If I didn’t save my voice, I’d open a window and shout my thanks to heaven.”
Vogel and company weren’t the only ones who spent years anticipating their Broadway arcs. Said Lowell Ganz, who was nominated for Best Book of a Musical alongside his Mr Saturday night co-writers Crystal and Babaloo Mandel: “It took me 50 years to get to Broadway. It’s worth every second.”
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