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2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 64th annual Antoinette Perry Tony Awards, celebrating excellence on Broadway, were announced this morning.

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Christopher Walken).

COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Linda Lavin).

EVERYDAY RAPTURE has been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Sherie Rene Scott) and Best Book of a Musical (Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott).

FENCES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), Best Performance by a Leading Actresss in a Play (Viola Davis), Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, (Stephen McKinley Henderson), Best Direction of a Play (Kenny Leon), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto), Best Costume Design of a Play (Constanza Romero), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design of a Play (Acme Sound Partners), and Best Original Score (Branford Marsalis).

HAMLET has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Jude Law) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Terry Johnson), Best Choreography (Lynne Page), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Kelsey Grammer), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Robin De Jesus), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tim Shortall), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Matthew Wright), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Nick Richings), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Jonathan Deans) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Carr).

LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Martin Pakledinaz).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Angela Lansbury) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen).

LOOPED
has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
has been nominated for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux).

NEXT FALL
has been nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play (Sheryl Kaller).
 
PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for Best Scenic Design in a Play (Alexander Dodge).

RAGTIME
has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Christiane Noll), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Bobby Steggert), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Derek McLane), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
 
RED has been nominated for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director of a Play (Michael Grandage), Best Set Design (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Rosemary Harris), Best Scenic Design of a Play, (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Catherine Zuber).
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Laura Linney).
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Gregory Mosher), Best Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber), Best Actress in a Play (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Scott Lehrer).
 
Not for profit company nominations:
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with eight Tony Award nominations including five for THE ROYAL FAMILY, two for TIME STANDS STILL and one for COLLECTED STORIES.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with five nominations including two for EVERYDAY RAPTURE, two for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and one for PRESENT LAUGHTER.
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: WWW.TONYAWARDS.COM 

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2007-2008 TONY AWARD NOMINEE FUN FACTS

2007 – 2008

TONY AWARD NOMINEE

FUN FACTS

The Tony Award Nominees were announced today.

The winners will be announced on June 15, 2008.

A complete list of nominees can be found at: www.tonys.org

Here is some background information on some of the notable nominees:

Best Play

THE 39 STEPS

Patrick Barlow (Author)

  • Previous Awards: THE 39 STEPS won Patrick a 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
  • Patrick is also a working actor and appeared in Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • The New York premiere of THE 39 STEPS began previews on January 4, 2008 and opened officially on January 15, 2008 at Roundabout

Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd  Street).  The hit production extended through March 29, 2008 and due to popular

demand, transferred to Broadway’s Cort Theatre on April 29, 2008, where it opened on May 8.

  • THE 39 STEPS, a loving send-up of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1935 film and John Buchan’s 1915 novel, is a worldwide phenomenon. The play, adapted by Patrick Barlow, won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and it continues to play to sold-out houses in London’s West End. THE 39 STEPS is also a worldwide hit in such countries as Australia, Italy, Israel, South Africa and Korea, with production planned for China and Japan.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve/Ron Nicynski, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Manocherian Golden Prods., Olympus Theatricals/Douglas Denoff, Pam Laudenslager/Pat Addiss, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia Levy, Executive Director), Huntington Theatre Company (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director) and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd.

ROCK ‘n’ ROLL

Tom Stoppard (Author)

  • Tom Stoppard was introduced to New York audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967), followed by Jumpers, The Real Inspector Hound, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), Dirty Linen, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Artist Descending a Staircase, Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and, most recently, his trilogy The Coast of Utopia at the Lincoln Center which won 7 Tony Awards. His other plays include Indian Ink and After Magritte.
  • Translations and adaptations include Undiscovered Country (Schnitzler), On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing (Molnar), Henry IV (Pirandello) and Heroes (Silbleryras).
  • Film scripts as writer and co-writer include Brazil, Empire of the Sun, Enigma, and Shakespeare in Love which won him an Oscar and a BAFTA award.
  • He directed his own screenplay of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which won the Golden Lion and the Venice Film Festival.
  • He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1978 and knighted in 1997.
  • Tom Stoppard’s ROCK ‘n’ ROLL played a limited engagement on Broadway. The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, ran from October 19, 2007 through March 9, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) with an official opening date of November 4th, 2007.ROCK ‘n’ ROLL played 123 performances and 16 previews.
  • In London, ROCK ‘n’ ROLL won the Evening Standard and London Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play. The Broadway production marked the 40th anniversary since Stoppard was first introduced to New York audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
  • The production starred Brian Cox (Max), Sinead Cusack (Eleanor/Esme (Older)), and Rufus Sewell (Jan), with Nicole Ansari (Lenka), Mary Bacon (Gillian/Magda), Alice Eve (Esme (Younger)/Alice), Seth Fisher (The Piper/Policeman), Stephen Kunken (Ferdinand), Quentin Maré (Interrogator/Nigel), Ken Marks (Milan/Waiter), Alexandra Neil (Candida) and Anna O’Donoghue (Pupil).
  • The production featured set design by Robert Jones, costume design by Emma Ryott, lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
  • In ROCK ‘n’ ROLL, it’s August 1968, and Russian tanks are rolling in to Prague. Jan, the Czech student, lives for rock music, Max, the English professor, lives for Communism and Esme, the flower child, is high. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in and idealism has hit the wall. A deeply felt look at the connection between rock music and revolution, Stoppard’s sweeping and witty play spans two countries, three generations and twenty-two turbulent years, at the end of which love remains – and so does rock ‘n’ roll.
  • ROCK ‘n’ ROLL was produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett & Sonia Friedman Productions, Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Tulchin/Bartner, Douglas G. Smith, Dancap Productions, Jam Theatricals, and The Weinstein Company, in association with Lincoln Center Theater.

 

THE SEAFARER

Conor McPherson (Author/Director)

  • Playwright Conor McPherson is a double nominee this year. In addition to Best Play, McPherson received a Tony nomination for BestDirector of a Play.
  • Education: University College Dublin
  • THE SEAFARER marks McPherson’s New York directorial debut.
  • McPherson is a double nominee this year havingreceived nominations for Best Play and Best Director of a Play.
  • Plays include Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier Award, Best Play), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, and Shining City (Tony Award nomination, Best Play).
  • Film work includes I Went Down, Saltwater, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and The Actors.
  • Other awards include the George Devine Award; Critics’ Circle Award; Evening Standard Award; Meyer-Whitworth Award; Stewart Parker Award; two Irish Film & Television Academy Best Screenplay Awards; CICAE Best Film Award, Berlin Film Festival (Saltwater); Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards, San Sebastian Film Festival (I Went Down).
  • THE SEAFARER began previews on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 and celebrated opening night on Thursday, December 6, 2007.
  • THE SEAFARER is the latest National Theatre production to be produced on Broadway by Boyett Ostar Productions. Previous productions include Alan Bennett’s Tony Award-winning The History Boys directed by NT director, Nicholas Hytner, as well as the recent productions of Coram Boy, Jumpers, Democracy, and The Pillowman.
  • The production starred two-time Olivier Award winner Conleth Hill, Ciarán Hinds, (“Rome,” Closer), Sean Mahon in his Broadway debut, Drama Desk Award winner David Morse and Jim Norton, reprising his role as ‘Richard Harkin’ for which he received the 2007 Olivier Award.
  • THE SEAFARER received its world premiere in 2006 at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre. THE SEAFARER received two Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play for McPherson. Jim Norton received the Olivier for Best Performance in a Supporting Role.
  • Ostar Productions, Bob Boyett, Roy Furman, Lawrence Horowitz, Jam Theatricals, Bill Rollnick, Nancy Ellison Rollnick, James D’Orta, Thomas S. Murphy, Ralph Guild, Jon Avnet, Philip Geier, Keough Partners, Eric Falkenstein and Max OnStage produce the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s THE SEAFARER at the Booth Theatre.

 

Best Original Score

The Little Mermaid

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater

Alan Menken

  • This is Alan Menken’s second Tony® nomination. He was previously nominated in 1994 in the Best Original Score category for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (with Howard Ashman and Tim Rice).
  • Alan Menken is a world renowned film and stage composer.
  • Theatrical scores include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast (13 historic years on Broadway) and Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol.
  • Forthcoming stage projects include Sister Act and Leap of Faith.
  • Film scores include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • He also composed the score for the 2008 Disney feature film, Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey.
  • Menken has won eight Academy Awards (more than any other living person) and has been nominated 18 times.
  • He has also won seven Golden Globes, 10 Grammys and one Olivier Award.
  • THE LITTLE MERMAID was written with his longtime collaborator, the late Howard Ashman.
  • The score for Broadway’s THE LITTLE MERMAID features the classic songs from the animated film composed by Menken and Ashman, as well as 10 new songs written by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
  • The Broadway score also includes the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, “Under the Sea” composed by Menken and Ashman.
  • Menken is the father of two daughters.

Howard Ashman

  • This is Howard Ashman’s third Tony® nomination. He was nominated in 1987 in the Best Book of a Musical category for Smile and in 1994 in the Best Original Score category for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (with Alan Menken and Tim Rice).
  • Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (three songs).
  • He was a producer on The Little Mermaid animated feature and executive producer on the animated feature Beauty and the Beast.
  • With Alan Menken, he received two Oscars® and two Golden Globes® for Best Song (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Under the Sea”) and four GRAMMYS®.
  • He received an Oscar® nomination with Mr. Menken for “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin.
  • As author, lyricist and director for the record-breaking stage musical Little Shop of Horrors, he received two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a London Evening Standard Award and a Drama Desk Award.
  • For the film version of Little Shop, he received a Best Screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild and, with Mr. Menken, an Oscar® nom. for Best Song.
  • He was author, lyricist and director of Smile for which he received a Tony® nomination for Best Book.
  • His other credits include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; The Confirmation; artistic director, WPA Theatre (1976-1982).
  • Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ashman died at age 40 of complications due to AIDS.

Glenn Slater

  • This is Glenn Slater’s first Tony® nomination.
  • Glenn Slater wrote the lyrics for Disney’s Home on The Range with composer Alan Menken.
  • With Menken, Glenn wrote 10 new songs for the Broadway production of THE LITTLE MERMAID.
  • Glenn’s recent work includes the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Obie Award-winning revue newyorkers (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, OCC nominations).
  • His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, kd lang and Tim McGraw, among others, and his words have given extra sparkle to the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus for the past decade.
  • Upcoming Broadway projects with composer Menken include Sister Act, which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 and the musical Leap of Faith.
  • With composer Stephen Weiner, his collaborator on newyorkers, he is penning both book and lyrics for the Broadway-bound adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ film The Hudsucker Proxy.
  • Glenn is the recipient of the Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson Award.
  • He is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of both ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
  • He lives in New York City with his wife, composer/lyricist Wendy Leigh Wilf and sons Benjamin and Daniel.

 

Best Revival of a Play

 

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

  • LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES opened on May 1st, 2008 at the American Airlines Theatre. It began preview performances on April 12th, 2008.
  • This production of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES marks the play’s return to Broadway for the first time since its 1987 Tony Award® -nominated premiere and subsequent 1987 Olivier Award-winning West End production. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES went on to inspire the 1988 Academy Award ®-nominated film classic, Dangerous Liaisons.
  • The 1999 feature film, Cruel Intentions, is the modern version of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES. The film starred Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company

 

Best Revival of a Musical

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE began previews on January 25, 2008 and opened officially on February 21, 2008 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).
  • This is the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
  • The original 1981 production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.  
  • The1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
  • Sondheim and Lapine were inspired by “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, the masterpiece of French Pointillist painter Georges Seurat, when they noticed the one figure absent from the painting was the artist himself.
  • The show premiered on Broadway on May 2, 1984 at the Booth Theater.
  • The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE won five Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production. This production originally opened in London on November 29, 2005 and extended its sold-out limited run before playing its final performance on March 12, 2006.
  • Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced four Tony Award nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award winning Assassins (2004) and Pacific Overtures (2004). This production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE marks the third Sondheim musical produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, where Assassins and Pacific Overtures both played in 2004.
  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Bob Boyett, Debra Black, Jam Theatricals, Stephanie P. McClelland, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Barbara Manocherian/Jennifer Manocherian, Ostar Production and The Menier Chocolate Factory

 

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

 

Ben Daniels (Le Vicomte de Valmont) – LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

•        Previous Awards: 2001 Olivier Award (Arthur Miller’s All My Sons), Olivier nominee (Never the Sinner).

•        This is Ben’s Broadway debut!

 

Rufus Sewell (Jan) – ROCK ‘n’ ROLL

  • Rufus Sewell made his Broadway debut in the 1995 revival of Brian Friel’s Translations.
  • London theatre credits include ROCK ‘n’ ROLL, Making It Better,Rat In the Skull, Macbeth, and Luther.
  • Film credits include The Illusionist,Paris Je T’aime, Amazing Grace, The Holiday, The Legend Of Zorro, Tristan & Isolde, A Knight’s Tale, Dark City, Dangerous Beauty, Illuminata,Carrington, and Cold Comfort Farm.
  • Upcoming films include Downloading Nancy and Vinyan.

 

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

 

S. Epatha Merkerson (Lola) – COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA

  • Merkerson, currently in her 13th season on Law & Order, received 2006 and 2007 NAACP Image Award Nominations for her portrayal of ‘Lieutenant Anita Van Buren.’
  • Merkerson previously performed the role of ‘Lola’ at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Starring in Lackawanna Blues (HBO), Merkerson earned the 2006 Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, NAACP Image and Gracie Allen Awards, as well as an Independent Spirit nomination.
  • Film credits include: Black Snake Moan, Slipstream, The Rising Place, Radio (Cammie Award), Jersey Girl, Random Hearts, Terminator II: Judgment Day, Jacob’s Ladder, Navy Seals and Loose Cannons.
  • Television credits include: “A Mother’s Prayer,” “An Unexpected Life,” “It’s a Girl Thing,” “A Place for Annie,” “Exiled,” “Peewee’s Playhouse,” “Mann and Machine,” “Here And Now,” “Moe’s World,” “Elysian Fields,” “Equal Justice,” “The Cosby Show,” and “Frasier.”
  • Theatre credits include: Fucking A (Lucille Lortel nomination), The Piano Lesson (Tony, Drama Desk and Helen Hayes nominations), I’m Not Stupid (Obie Award), The Old Settler (Helen Hayes Award), Birdie Blue (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel nomination and Drama League Distinguished Performance Award).
  • Merkerson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University.
  • Merkerson wasalsonominated for an Outer Critic Circle Award for her performance as ‘Lola’ in COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA.

 

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

 

Daniel Evans (George) – SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: Daniel has won two Oliver Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performances in two Sondheim musicals, Merrily We Roll Along (2001) and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (2007).
  • In SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Daniel plays George in two forms – the artist George Seurat who lives in the 19th century and his grandson who lives in the 20th century, 100 years later.
  • Daniel Evans was previously on Broadway in 1996 in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

 

Jenna Russell (Dot & Marie) – SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: Jenna won her first Oliver Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (2007). Olivier nomination for Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls.
  • This is Jenna’s Broadway debut!

 

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

 

Bobby Cannavale (Dennis) – MAURITIUS

  • Cannavale received a 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as ‘Vince D’Angelo,’ Will Truman’s boyfriend on “Will & Grace.”
  • Other television credits include: “The Knights of Prosperity,” “Third Watch,” “The Exonerated,” “Law & Order,” “Oz,” and “Ally McBeal.”
  • Off-Broadway credits include the New Group’s revival of Hurlyburly and Suzan Lori Parks’ Fucking A at The Public.
  • Film credits include 10 Items or Less, Snakes On A Plane, Fast Food Nation, The Night Listener, Happy Endings, Shall We Dance, The Station Agent, Washington Heights, The Bone Collector, The Postman, and I’m Not Rappaport.
  • MAURITIUS marks Cannavale’s Broadway debut.
  • Cannavale wasalsonominated for a Drama League Award for a Distinguished Performance Award for his work in MAURITIUS.

 

Conleth Hill (Ivan Curry) – THE SEAFARER

  • Conleth Hill returnedto the role he created at the National’s production of THE SEAFARER.
  • Theatre credits: original cast of Stones in his Pockets, which played at the Lyric, Belfast, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Traverse, Edinburgh, and at the Tricycle, New Ambassadors and Duke of York’s in London, before transferring to Toronto and Broadway. His National Theatre credits include Philistines, THE SEAFARER and Democracy.
  • TV and film credits include: “The Life and Times of Vivien Vyle,” “Goodbye Mr Chips,” “Boon,” “Casualty,” “Meaningful Sex,” “The Bill,” “Blue Heaven,” Intermission, Trust Me, A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day, Out of the Deep Pan, Cluck, and Crossmaheart.
  • Awards: Conleth received the Olivier, Irish Times, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World, Whatsonstage, and Dora Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Stones in his Pockets. Conleth received his second Olivier for The Producers.
  • Hill was also nominated for a Drama Desk award for his work in THE SEAFARER.

 

Jim Norton (Richard Harkin) – THE SEAFARER

  • Norton received the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his work in the National’s production of THE SEAFARER.
  • Theatre credits: The Weir (West End and Broadway), Port Authority (West End), Dublin Carol (Atlantic), all by Conor McPherson; Norton’s other work in theatre includes The Pillowman (UK tour), Closing Time, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Comedians, Playboy of the Western World, Mandragola, St Joan, Tamburlaine the Great, Hamlet, Emigres, and Way Upstream (National); Shoot The Crow in London; Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout); The Contractor and The Changing Room (Royal Court); Bedroom Farce (Prince of Wales); The Wild Duck (Lyric Hammersmith), and White Woman Street (Bush).
  • Television and film credits: “Stan,” “Waking the Dead,” “Holby City,” “The Royal,” “Rebus,” “Poirot,” “Babylon 5,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Frasier,” “Ballykissangel,” “Father Ted,” Driving Lessons, The Oyster Farmer, Conspiracy of Silence, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hidden Agenda, Into the West, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and Straw Dogs.
  • Norton was awarded an OBIE for his work in Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol at Atlantic Theatre Company.
  • THE SEAFARER marks the fourth Conor McPherson play that Norton has appeared in.
  • Norton was also nominated for an Outer Critic Circle award and a Drama League award for his work in THE SEAFARER.
  • Norton is currently starring in Conor McPherson’s Port Authority at Atlantic Theatre Company.

 

David Pittu (Basil Thorpe, Claude Rivière, Charlie, The King of France) –  IS HE DEAD?

  • In IS HE DEAD?, Pittu played four very different and unique characters. He was also nominated for a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance.
  • This is Pittu’s second Tony nomination. He received a nomination last season for his performance as Bertolt Brecht in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of LoveMusik. He also received a 2007 Drama Desk nomination & an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
  • Other credits include The Coast of Utopia, Stuff Happens (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble), Celebration and The Room (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel nominations, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Never Gonna Dance and the Peter Jackson film King Kong.

 

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

 

Sinead Cusack (Eleanor/Esme (Older)) – ROCK ‘n’ ROLL

  • Sinead Cusack has performed in leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company including Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice and Anthony and Cleopatra.
  • West End credits include The Three Sisters, Our Lady of Sligo (Evening Standard, London Critics Circle Awards), The Mercy Seat and ROCK ‘n’ ROLL.
  • Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado about Nothing (Tony Nomination).
  • She has had a prolific film career which includes Stealing Beauty and V for Vendetta. She was most recently seen in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises.

 

Martha Plimpton (Pope Joan/ Angie) – TOP GIRLS

  • Theatre credits include: Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk& Outer Critics awards;Tony nomination), Shining City, 16 Wounded, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hurlyburly, The False Servant, Flesh & Blood, Boston Marriage, Hobson’s Choice (OBIE award), suburbia, Pericles. Regional: Uncle Vanya, Sisters Rosensweig, Heidi Chronicles (Seattle Rep), Absolution (dir.), The Glass Menagerie, The Libertine (Steppenwolf), Hedda Gabler, Playboy of the Western World, (Steppenwolf, Long Wharf).
  • Film credits include: 200 Cigarettes, I’m Not Rappaport, Beautiful Girls, I Shot Andy Warhol, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Samantha, The Goonies and Stef Steinbrenner.
  • Plimpton is a member of Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble.
  • Plimpton was nominated for an Emmy award for her appearance on “Law & Order: SVU.”
  • Plimpton was nominated for a TonyAwardin 2007 for her work in The Coast of Utopia.
  • Plimpton was recently nominated for a Drama League Award for a Distinguished Performance Award for her work in TOP GIRLS.

 

 

Best Direction of a Play

 

Maria Aitken – THE 39 STEPS

  • Previous Awards: 1989 BAFTA nomination for A Fish Called Wanda
  • Before becoming a director, Maria worked as a leading actress in London’s West End and in film. Maria tackled a number of comedic roles in her career and has gone on to teach and write about the art of comedic acting.
  • For THE 39 STEPS, Maria devised the ingenious staging that allows for 4 actors to carry out over 150 characters while theatricalizing every scene and locale in Hitchcock’s famous film.
  • Film audiences remember her as “Wendy” in A Fish Called Wanda opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline.

 

Conor McPherson – THE SEAFARER

  • Education: University College Dublin
  • THE SEAFARER marks McPherson’s New York directorial debut.
  • McPherson is a double nominee this year havingreceived nominations for Best Play and Best Director of a Play.
  • Plays include Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier Award, Best Play), Dublin Carol, Port Authority, and Shining City (Tony Award nomination, Best Play).
  • Film work includes I Went Down, Saltwater, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and The Actors.
  • Other awards include the George Devine Award; Critics’ Circle Award; Evening Standard Award; Meyer-Whitworth Award; Stewart Parker Award; two Irish Film & Television Academy Best Screenplay Awards; CICAE Best Film Award, Berlin Film Festival (Saltwater); Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards, San Sebastian Film Festival (I Went Down).

 

 

Best Direction of a Musical

 

Sam Buntrock SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: Sam won the 2007 Olivier Award for this production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at London’s West End.

•        Sam worked as a commercial animator during his time as a freelance theatre director. When he decided to direct this production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE in London, he used his experience and skill as an animator to bring George Seurat’s painting to life.

•        This is Sam’s Broadway debut!

 

 

Best Orchestrations

 

Jason CarrSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: 2006 Nomination for British Composer Award; 1988 Vivian Ellis Prize for young writers of musicals
  • Jason created these new orchestrations for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005. He also orchestratedMenier’s recent hit production of La Cage aux Folles.
  • Jason has composed incidental music for over 30 plays at the RNT, RSC, in the West End and on Broadway. He alsohas a number of credits as apianist, arranger and musical director.

 

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

 

Peter McKintosh – THE 39 STEPS

  • McKintosh’s credits include designs for the Danish Opera, English National Opera and Canadian Opera, and numerous productions in the West End and for the Donmar Warehouse, Almeida, Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

 

Scott Pask – LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

  • Notable credits: Pask has provided the scenic design for Cabaret, Urinetown, Take Me Out, The Pillowman, The Wedding Singer, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and many others.
  • Previous awards: 2007 Tony Award with Bob Crowley for his work on The Coast of Utopia. Four Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Set Design for Take Me Out, Amour, Sweet Charity and The Wedding Singer. In 2005, Pask was awarded the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for The Pillowman.
  • Pask earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.
  • Scott Pask has designed numerous shows for Roundabout including the award winning production of Nine and The Ritz which played at Studio 54 this Fall.

 

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

 

David Farley (Set & Costume Design)SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: David won the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, with Timothy Bird, for the West End production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
  • This is David’s Broadway debut!

 

Tim Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network (Projection Design) – SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

•        Previous Awards: Tim won the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, with David Farley, for the West End production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.

  • Tim is known for his pioneering projection design for theatre.

 

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

 

Katrina Lindsay – LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

•        This is Katrina’s Broadway debut!

  • London-based designer with numerous West End (Cabaret), Royal Shakespeare Company (Romeo & Juliet; Comedy of Errors) and National (Market Boy) credits.
  • Previous Awards: Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Costume Design.

 

Peter McKintosh – THE 39 STEPS

  • McKintosh’s credits include designs for the Danish Opera, English National Opera and Canadian Opera, and numerous productions in the West End and for the Donmar Warehouse, Almeida, Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

 

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

 

David Farley – SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: David won the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, with Timothy Bird, for the West End production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
  • This is David’s Broadway debut!

 

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

 

Kevin Adams – THE 39 STEPS

  • Adams is currently represented on Broadway with his designs for Spring Awakening and Passing Strange.
  • Previous Awards: 2007 Tony Award for Spring Awakening, 1998 and 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards, 2002 Obie for Sustained Excellence.

 

Donald Holder – LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

  • Previous Awards: Tony Award (The Lion King), Tony nominee (2005 production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien), Drama Desk Award (The Lion King), Drama Desk nominee (Gem of the Ocean, The Violet Hour, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching…, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien, Caucasian Chalk Circle).
  • This year Donald is also represented on Broadway in the productions of South Pacific and Cyrano de Bergerac.

 

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

 

Ken Billington – SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • Previous Awards: Tony & Drama Desk Awards for Chicago (1997), Numerous Tony nominations including: The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), Sweeney Todd (1979), Working (1978).
  • Ken designed the 1st two Roundabout productions in 1965! He has designed over 80 Broadway & 60 Off-Broadway productions over his career.

 

Natasha Katz – THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • This is Natasha Katz’s 7th Tony® nomination. She has won the Tony® for Best Lighting design twice (2007 for The Coast of Utopia and 2000 for Aida).
  • Natasha Katz’s recent Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award 2007), Disney’s Tarzan® (Tony Award nom. 2006), Disney’s Aida (Tony Award 2000), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, Flower Drum Song, Dance of Death, The Capeman, Barrymore.
  • National Theatre, London: Buried Child. Opera/dance: Cyrano (Metropolitan Opera), Die Soldatan (NYC Opera), Carnival of the Animals (NYC Ballet), Tryst (Royal Ballet) and Don Quixote (ABT).
  • Concert acts: Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, Tommy Tune.
  • Permanent lighting installations: Niketown NYC and London, the Big Bang (Museum of Natural History in NYC).

 

 

Best Sound Design of a Play

 

Ian Dickinson – ROCK ‘n’ ROLL

  • Ian Dickinson is Head of Sound at the Royal Court Theatre where his credits include: Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, Piano Forte, ROCK ‘n’ ROLL, Motortown, Rainbow Kiss, The Winterling, Alice Trilogy, Fewer Emergencies, and Way To Heaven.
  • Other credits include The Hothouse, Rhinoceros, My Child, The Seagull, Krapp’s Last Tape, Stoning Mary, Breathing Corpses, Dumb Show, Shining City, Hitchcock Blonde, Lucky Dog, Ladybird, Fallout, King Of Hearts, Love and Money, Much Ado About Nothing, Pillars of the Community, A Few Good Men, Dr Faustus, The Magic Carpet, As You Like It, Poor Superman, Martin Yesterday, Fast Food, Coyote Ugly, Night of the Soul.

 

Mic Pool – THE 39 STEPS

  • Previous Awards: Nominated for 2007 Olivier Award for West End production of THE 39 STEPS. Nominated for 2001 Drama Desk and Lortel Awards for The Unexpected Man.
  • For THE 39 STEPS, Mic created the audio world of Hitchcock’s films using a combination of sound effects, music and specialty voiceovers.
  • Mic’s work was previously heard on Broadway in the Tony winning production of “Art”.
  • Mic is the Director of Creative Technology atThe West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds UK). He also does a lot of work as a video designer on West End productions.

 

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical

 

Sebastian FrostSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

  • This is only Sebastian’ssecond show on Broadway!
  • London-based designer with numerous West End credits including The Glass Menagerie, Tonight’s the Night, Bomb-itty of Errors and BoyBand.
  • In addition to designing for the theatre, Sebastian has also designed music for international motorshows for Ford, exhibitions for Star Trek and Sony and events for Disney Cruise Line, Harrods, Harry Potter and Coca Cola.