“The Who’s Tommy” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” each nabbed 11 Tony Award nominations Monday, tying for the top spot among contenders for Broadway’s highest honors.
“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” came in second with nine taps — a record for a non-musical — while the just-closed “The Song of Jacob Zulu” garnered six, tying with “Blood Brothers.”
Besides “Tommy” and “Spider Woman,” nominations for best musical went to “Blood Brothers,” Willy Russell’s tale of twin brothers separated at birth, and “The Goodbye Girl,” Neil Simon’s musical romance about a single mother and an unemployed actor.
Joining “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” in the best-play category were “The Sisters Rosensweig,” Wendy Wasserstein’s comedy about the London reunion of three American sisters; “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” Frank McGinness’ drama about foreign hostages in a Middle Eastern prison, and “The Song of Jacob Zulu,” Tug Yourgrau’s story of a young black man accused of bombing a South African shopping center.
“Tommy”– based on the rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind pinball wizard — and “Spider Woman”– taken from Manuel Puig’s novel — each were represented in the categories of best musical, featured actor in a musical (“Tommy” nabbed two nominations to “Spider’s” one), book, score, direction, scenic design, costume design, lighting design and choreography.
Also, Brent Carver and Chita Rivera were nominated in the leading actor and actress category for “Spider Woman,” while Marcia Mitzman of “Tommy” received a featured actress nomination.
In addition to the best play nod, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” Tony Kushner’s sprawling, ambitious account of life in the Reagan ’80s, took nominations for direction, leading actor, scenic design and lighting design, and two nominations apiece in the featured actor and actress categories.
“Anna Karenina,” the critically panned musical at the Circle in the Square last summer, surprised some by getting four nominations, including nods in the book and score categories.
Closest thing to a major surprise was the passing-over of Robert Klein in the lead or featured actor in a play for his well-received performance in “The Sisters Rosensweig.” David Marshall Grant, who won good notices for his featured role in “Angels in America,” was the only cast member with a major role in that production not to be nominated.
“Fool Moon,” the acclaimed Bill Irwin-David Shiner clown show, received no nominations, despite a last-ditch effort by its producers to have the wordless production placed in a special category rather than compete in the best play category.
The Tony administration committee rejected the argument and made the show eligible in the play slot, but the separate nominating committee ultimately failed to return any nominations.
A special Tony for outstanding regional theater will be presented to the La Jolla Playhouse, and “Oklahoma!” will get a special award.
Tony honors will be presented to the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, as well as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The nominations were read by past winners Ben Vereen and Faith Prince at Sardi’s Monday. CBS will broadcast the show from the Gershwin Theater on June 6.
“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”– author, Tony Kushner; producers, Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Taper Forum/Gordon Davidson, Margo Lion, Susan Quint Gallin, Jon B. Platt, the Baruch-Frankel-Viertel Group, Frederick Zollo, Herb Alpert.
“Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”– author, Frank McGuinness; producers, Noel Pearson, the Shubert Organization, Joseph Harris.
“The Sisters Rosensweig”– author, Wendy Wasserstein; producers, Lincoln Center Theater, Andre Bishop, Bernard Gersten.
“The Song of Jacob Zulu”– author, Tug Yourgrau; producers, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Randall Arney, Stephen Eich, Albert Poland, Susan Liederman, Bette Cerf Hill, Maurice Rosenfield.
“Blood Brothers”– producer, Bill Kenwright
“Kiss of the Spider Woman”– producer, LIVENT (U.S.) Inc.
“The Goodbye Girl”– producers, Office Two-One Inc., Gladys Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander, Richard Kagan, Emanuel Azenberg.
“The Who’s Tommy”– PACE Theatrical Group, Dodger Prods., Kardana Prods. Inc.
“Wilder, Wilder, Wilder”
K. Todd Freeman, “The Song of Jacob Zulu”
Ron Leibman, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Liam Neeson, “Anna Christie”
Stephen Rea, “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”
Jane Alexander, “The Sisters Rosensweig”
Madeline Kahn, “The Sisters Rosensweig”
Lynn Redgrave, “Shakespeare for My Father”
Natasha Richardson, “Anna Christie”
Brent Carver, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Tim Curry, “My Favorite Year”
Con O’Neill, “Blood Brothers”
Martin Short, “The Goodbye Girl”
Ann Crumb, “Anna Karenina”
Stephanie Lawrence, “Blood Brothers”
Bernadette Peters, “The Goodbye Girl”
Chita Rivera, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
“Anna Karenina,” Peter Kellogg
“Blood Brothers,” Willy Russell
“Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Terrence McNally
“The Who’s Tommy,” Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
“Anna Karenina,” Daniel Levine, music; Peter Kellogg, lyrics
“Kiss of the Spider Woman,” John Kander, music; Fred Ebb, lyrics
“The Song of Jacob Zulu,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, music; Tug Yourgrau and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, lyrics
“The Who’s Tommy,” Pete Townshend, music and lyrics
David Leveaux, “Anna Christie”
Eric Simonson, “The Song of Jacob Zulu”
Daniel Sullivan, “The Sisters Rosensweig”
George C. Wolfe, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, “Blood Brothers”
Michael Kidd, “The Goodbye Girl”
Des McAnuff, “The Who’s Tommy”
Harold Prince, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
FEATURED ACTOR, PLAY
Robert Sean Leonard, “Candida”
Joe Mantello, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Zakes Mokae, “The Song of Jacob Zulu”
Stephen Spinella, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
FEATURED ACTRESS, PLAY
Kathleen Chalfant, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Marcia Gay Harden, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Anne Meara, “Anna Christie”
Debra Monk, “Redwood Curtain”
FEATURED ACTOR, MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris, “The Who’s Tommy”
Anthony Crivello, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Gregg Edelman, “Anna Karenina”
Paul Kandel, “The Who’s Tommy”
FEATURED ACTRESS, MUSICAL
Jan Graveson, “Blood Brothers”
Lainie Kazan, “My Favorite Year”
Andrea Martin, “My Favorite Year”
Marcia Mitzman, “The Who’s Tommy”
John Arnone, “The Who’s Tommy”
John Lee Beatty, “Redwood Curtain”
Jerome Sirlin, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Robin Wagner, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Jane Greenwood, “The Sisters Rosensweig”
Florence Klotz, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Erin Quigley, “The Song of Jacob Zulu”
David C. Woolard, “The Who’s Tommy”
Howell Binkley, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Jules Fisher, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”
Dennis Parichy, “Redwood Curtain”
Chris Parry, “The Who’s Tommy”
Wayne Cilento, “The Who’s Tommy”
Graciela Daniele, “The Goodbye Girl”
Vincent Paterson and Rob Marshall, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
Randy Skinner, “Ain’t Broadway Grand”
SPECIAL TONY AWARDS
La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, for continued excellence by a regional theater.
“Oklahoma!”– The landmark Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 1993.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada — a labor union of professional craftspeople in 900 locals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS — The entertainment industry’s most active charity addressing the challenges of AIDS.