NEWS: The Inheritance receives 11 Tony Awards 2020 nominations

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Despite an unusual, truncated year in Broadway theatre the Tony Awards 2020 nominations have been announced with British directors Stephen Daldry, Jamie Lloyd and Phyllida Lloyd among the creatives recognised.

Daldry has been nominated in the Best Director category for his staging of Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, originally at London’s Young Vic Theatre before its West End transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre. The Olivier Award-winning play transferred to Broadway in November 2019.

Among the play’s 11 nods, including one for Best Play, there are other British nominees: Best Original Score Written for the Theatre (Paul Englishby), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Paul Hilton), Best Scenic/Costume Design of a Play (Bob Crowley), Lighting Design (Jon Clark) and Sound Design (Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid).

Elsewhere Jamie Lloyd picked up a Best Director nod (one of four nominations) for the Broadway transfer of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and there was recognition too for Best Revival of a Play, actor Tom Hiddleston (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play) and Soutra Gilmour (Best Scenic Design).

While Slave Play, Jeremy O. Harris’ examination of racism, love and sex, came out top in the play categories, it was musical Jagged Little Pill, based on the songs from the hit 1995 album by Alanis Morissette, that led the way overall with 15 nominations.

Close behind in the musical theatre categories were Moulin Rouge! The Musical (14) and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (12). Director Phyllida Lloyd was nominated for the latter, as was British choreographer Anthony Van Laast and designer Mark Thompson. Adrienne Warren was also recognised for Best Performance by an Actress for reprising the lead role she made her own in the West End.

There were also celebrations in the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol camp with nominations going to composer Christopher Nightingale, Rob Howell (set and costumes), Hugh Vanstone (lighting) and Simon Baker (sound).

There is no current date for the Tony Awards ceremony but speculation suggests it will take place in early December.

Broadways theatres are now closed until 30 May 2021. Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, commented: “With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to reopening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again.”

See below for the list of nominees:

Best Musical

Jagged Little Pill
Moulin Rouge: The Musical
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Best Play

Grand Horizons
The Inheritance
Sea Wall: A Life
Slave Play

Best Revival of a Play

Betrayal
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
A Soldier’s Play

Best Book of a Musical

Jagged Little Pill – Diablo Cody
Moulin Rouge! The Musical – John Logan
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical – Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

A Christmas Carol – Music: Christopher Nightingale
The Inheritance – Music: Paul Englishby
The Rose Tattoo – Music: Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb
Slave Play – Music: Lindsay Jones
The Sound Inside – Music: Daniel Kluger

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Ian Barford, Linda Vista
Andrew Burnap, The Inheritance
Jake Gyllenhaal, Sea Wall/A Life
Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal
Tom Sturridge, Sea Wall/A Life
Blair Underwood, A Soldier’s Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Audra McDonald, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Aaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Ato Blankson-Wood, Slave Play
James Cusati-Moyer, Slave Play
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Inheritance
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Jane Alexander, Grand Horizons
Chalia La Tour, Slave Play
Annie McNamara, Slave Play
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
Cora Vander Broek, Linda Vista

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Derek Klena, Jagged Little Pill
Sean Allan Krill, Jagged Little Pill
Sahr Ngaujah, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Daniel J. Watts, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kathryn Gallagher, Jagged Little Pill
Celia Rose Gooding, Jagged Little Pill
Robyn Hurder, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
Soutra Gilmour, Betrayal
Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
Derek McLane, A Soldier’s Play
Clint Ramos, Slave Play

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon, Jagged Little Pill
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Dede Ayite, Slave Play
Dede Ayite, A Soldier’s Play
Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
Clint Ramos, The Rose Tattoo

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Emily Rebholz, Jagged Little Pill
Mark Thompson, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
Jon Clark, The Inheritance
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Allen Lee Hughes, A Soldier’s Play
Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bruno Poet, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Justin Townsend, Jagged Little Pill
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol
Lindsay Jones, Slave Play
Daniel Kluger, Sea Wall/A Life
Daniel Kluger, The Sound Inside

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans, Jagged Little Pill
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Nevin Steinberg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Direction of a Play

David Cromer, The Sound Inside
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
Kenny Leon, A Soldier’s Play
Jamie Lloyd, Betrayal
Robert O’Hara, Slave Play

Best Direction of a Musical

Phyllida Lloyd, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Best Choreography

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jagged Little Pill
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Anthony Van Laast, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

Best Orchestrations

Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Ethan Popp, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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