NEW YORK — “Hairspray,” the hit musical adapted from John Waters’ indie picture, topped the Tony Awards nominations Monday with 13.
It was followed by “Movin’ Out,” which scored 10 noms. The musical danced to a score of Billy Joel songs is tipped to be “Hairspray’s” chief competish for the coveted best musical prize. The long-shuttered Michel Legrand tuner “Amour” and the kid-friendly “A Year With Frog and Toad” round out the category.
The revival of “Nine” secured eight noms, making it a front-runner for the musical revival prize. The spring’s other big musical revival, “Gypsy,” received just four nominations. Its prominent director, Sam Mendes, was overlooked, although its illness-plagued star, Bernadette Peters, was nominated.
Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” received six noms, including one for Luhrmann himself and two for his wife, Catherine Martin, for her set and costume designs. In addition, the show’s revolving cast of 10 principal performers was voted a special Tony “honor” for excellence.
The acclaimed revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” nabbed seven noms, more than any other play. All four of its stars — Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Dennehy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard — were nominated. In a season of strong play revivals — so strong that Deborah Warner’s celebrated “Medea” was left off the list — it is the clear favorite.
The nominations reflected the weakness of this season’s crop of new plays. “Take Me Out,” Richard Greenberg’s comedy about a gay major-league baseball player, received four noms, the most of any new play. It competes against “Enchanted April” (two noms), “Say Goodnight, Gracie” and “Vincent in Brixton” (two noms).
Notably left out was Yasmina Reza’s “Life (x) 3,” a strong B.O. draw that was cited only for Linda Emond’s featured performance.
All told, new plays accounted for just 11 of the 96 nominations.
John Lithgow and Melanie Griffith read the list of nominations at a press conference held at Sardi’s. Griffith, who will make her Broadway debut in “Chicago” this summer, had the unusual pleasure of reading off her husband’s name as one of the nominees. Antonio Banderas is up for best actor in a musical for “Nine.”
That category has shaped up as one of the year’s more hotly contested races. Will the Tony go to Hollywood’s Banderas, in his Gotham legit debut, or to longstanding Broadway baby Harvey Fierstein in “Hairspray”? Also competing are Malcolm Gets for “Amour,” Brian Stokes Mitchell for “Man of La Mancha” and John Selya for “Movin’ Out.”
The cast of “Movin’ Out” made a strong showing that took some by surprise. All four of the leading dancers in Twyla Tharp’s show about the Vietnam era received nominations, as did the vocalist who sings the Joel songs while they dance. Keith Roberts, nominated for featured performance alongside piano man Michael Cavanaugh, is expected to return to the show soon after missing several weeks of performances due to an injury.
The year’s most competitive categories led to some notable omissions. The Tony nominators left out Mendes, but all four of the director-of-a-musical nominees — David Leveaux (“Nine”), Luhrmann, Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray”) and Tharp — have received wide acclaim for their work.
Also strong is the field of contenders for leading actress in a play, where a lone American (albeit one born in Britain), Jayne Atkinson (“Enchanted April”), competes against a quartet from across the Pond: Victoria Hamilton (“A Day in the Death of Joe Egg”), Clare Higgins (“Vincent in Brixton”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”) and Fiona Shaw (“Medea”). Left out was Edie Falco, who generally received better notices than her Tony-nommed co-star, Stanley Tucci, for “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.”
Three from ‘Nine’
The featured actress in a musical field was tough, too. Three nominees from “Nine” — Jane Krakowski, Mary Stuart Masterson and Chita Rivera — compete against Tammy Blanchard, “Gypsy’s” Gypsy Rose Lee, and Ashley Tuttle from “Movin’ Out.” That left no room for any of the featured actresses from “Hairspray”: Kerry Butler, Mary Bond Davis, Jackie Hoffman and Linda Hart.
“Salome,” which received a wildly mixed critical reception, received no nominations. Al Pacino was ineligible — he’d already played the role of Herod in Oscar Wilde’s play on Broadway — but its starry supporting players, all eligible, were overlooked.
The snubbing of “Urban Cowboy,” which received just two nominations, for score and Melinda Roy’s choreography, took an instant toll. The show, which had initially planned to close after savage reviews but decided to stick it out, will close Sunday.
The Tony nominating committee had much better recall this season than last year, when they bestowed only three nominations on shows that had closed. This time around, 19 nominees came from shows that are no longer on the boards. In the category of featured actress in a play, for instance, only Emond in “Life (x) 3” can still be seen on Broadway.
The Tony Award for regional theater will go to the Children’s Theater Co. of Minneapolis, where musical nominee “A Year With Frog and Toad” originated.
A Tony for lifetime achievement will be given to producer Cy Feuer, chairman of the League of American Theaters & Producers. He has won three Tonys, two musical Tonys for his productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and a producer Tony for “How to Succeed” (that category no longer exists).
In addition to the “Boheme” principals, Tony “Honors for Excellence in the Theater” will be given to hair and wig designer Paul Huntley, Johnson-Liff Casting Associates and the Acting Co., founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley and now in its 30th season as a touring theater company. These awards will be given out not at the Tonys ceremony, but at a “midseason Tony Awards Community Celebration,” the details of which are yet to be set.
The Tony Awards ceremony itself takes place June 8 at Radio City Music Hall and will be telecast on CBS live on the East Coast, from 8-11 p.m.
The 2003 Tony Award nominating committee consists of thesps Maureen Anderman and David Marshall Grant; publisher Price Berkley; general managers Ira Bernstein and Robert Kamlot; administrator Robert Callely; managing directors Veronica Claypool and Edgar Dobie; archivist Betty Corwin; composer Gretchen Cryer; press reps Merle Debuskey and Bill Schelble; composer-lyricist Micki Grant; casting directors Julie Hughes, Shirley Rich, Meg Simon and Rosemarie Tischler; script consultant Betty Jacobs; playwright David Lindsay-Abaire; producer-director Theodore Mann; agent Gilbert Parker; journalist David Richards; photog Aubrey Reuben; producers Arthur Rubin and Jon Wilner; arts educator Sister Francesca Thompson and execs Judith Rubin and Schuyler G. Chapin.
Enchanted April, Author: Matthew Barber, Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Richard Gross/Ellen Berman/Les Goldman, Raymond J. & Pearl Berman Greenwald, Irving Welzer, Tonia Walker Davidson, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, Howard R. Berlin, Jerry Frankel, Terry E. Schnuck, Frederic B. Vogel, Dori Berinstein/Barrie & Jim Loeks/Dramatic Forces
Take Me Out, Author: Richard Greenberg, Producers: Carole Shorenstein Hays, Frederick DeMann, The Donmar Warehouse and The Public Theater
Say Goodnight Gracie, Author: Rupert Holmes, Producers: William Franzblau, Jay H. Harris, Louise Westergaard, Larry Spellman, Elsa Daspin Haft, Judith Resnick, Anne Gallagher, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick, Martha R. Gasparian, Bruce Lazarus, Lawrence S. Toppall, Jae French
Vincent in Brixton, Author: Nicholas Wright, Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, The Royal National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd., Maidstone Productions, Robert Fox Ltd., Elliott F. Kulick, Incidental Coleman Tod, The Shubert Organization
Amour, Producers: The Shubert Organization, Jean Doumanian Productions, Inc., USA Ostar Theatricals
A Year With Frog and Toad, Producers: Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz, Roy Furman, Scott E. Nederlander, The Children’s Theatre Company
Hairspray, Producers: Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertel-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, New Line Cinema, Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, J. & B. Osher
Movin’ Out, Producers: James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment, Emanuel Azenberg
Book of a Musical
Amour, Book by: Didier van Cauwelaert; English Adaptation by: Jeremy Sams
A Year With Frog and Toad, Book by: Willie Reale
Flower Drum Song, Book by: David Henry Hwang
Hairspray, Book by: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
A Year With Frog and Toad, Music: Robert Reale, Lyrics: Willie Reale
Amour, Music: Michel Legrand, Lyrics: Didier van Cauwelaert; English Adaptation by: Jeremy Sams
Hairspray, Music: Marc Shaiman, Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Urban Cowboy The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Jeff Blumenkrantz, Bob Stillman, Jason Robert Brown, Danny Arena, Sara Light, Lauren Lucas, an Jerry Silverstein
Revival of a Play
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Ellen Richard, Julia C. Levy, Sonia Friedman Productions
Dinner at Eight, Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Producers: The Araca Group, Jean Doumanian Productions, USA Ostar Theatricals, Jam Theatricals, Ray and Kit Sawyer
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Producers: David Richenthal, Max Cooper, Eric Falkenstein, Anthony and Charlene Marshall, Darren Bagert, Kara Medoff, Lisa Vioni, Gene Korf
Revival of a Musical
Gypsy, Producers: Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein, WWLC
La Bohème, Producers: Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Emanuel Azenberg, Bazmark Live, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Korea Pictures/Doyun Seol, J. Sine/I. Pittelman/S. Nederlander, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Man of La Mancha, Producers: David Stone, Jon B. Platt, Susan Quint Gallin, Sandy Gallin, Seth M. Siegel, USA Ostar Theatricals, Mary Lu Roffe
Nine The Musical, Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Ellen Richard, Julia C. Levy
Special Theatrical Event
Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, Producers: Eric Krebs, Jonathan Reinis, CTM Productions, Anne Strickland Squadron, Michael Viner, David and Adam Friedson, Allen Spivak/Larry Magid, M. Kilburg Reedy
The Play What I Wrote, Producers: David Pugh, Joan Cullman, Mike Nichols, Hamilton South, Charles Whitehead, Stuart Thompson
Prune Danish, Producers: Jyll Rosenfeld, Jon Stoll
Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Producers: Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan, Kimora Lee Simmons, Island Def Jam Music Group, Brett Ratner and David Rosenberg
Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Brian Bedford, Tartuffe
Brian Dennehy, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Eddie Izzard, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Paul Newman, Our Town
Stanley Tucci, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Jayne Atkinson, Enchanted April
Victoria Hamilton, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Clare Higgins, Vincent in Brixton
Vanessa Redgrave, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Fiona Shaw, Medea
Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Antonio Banderas, Nine The Musical
Harvey Fierstein, Hairspray
Malcolm Gets, Amour
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
John Selya, Movin’ Out
Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Melissa Errico, Amour
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Man of La Mancha
Elizabeth Parkinson, Movin’ Out
Bernadette Peters, Gypsy
Marissa Jaret Winokur, Hairspray
Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Robert Sean Leonard, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Denis O’Hare, Take Me Out
Daniel Sunjata, Take Me Out
Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Christine Ebersole, Dinner at Eight
Linda Emond, Life (x) 3
Kathryn Meisle, Tartuffe
Michele Pawk, Hollywood Arms
Marian Seldes, Dinner at Eight
Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Michael Cavanaugh, Movin’ Out
John Dossett, Gypsy
Dick Latessa, Hairspray
Corey Reynolds, Hairspray
Keith Roberts, Movin’ Out
Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Tammy Blanchard, Gypsy
Jane Krakowski, Nine The Musical
Mary Stuart Masterson, Nine The Musical
Chita Rivera, Nine The Musical
Ashley Tuttle, Movin’ Out
John Lee Beatty, Dinner at Eight
Santo Loquasto, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Catherine Martin, La Bohème
David Rockwell, Hairspray
Gregg Barnes, Flower Drum Song
William Ivey Long, Hairspray
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, La Bohème
Catherine Zuber, Dinner at Eight
Donald Holder, Movin’ Out
Nigel Levings, La Bohème
Brian MacDevitt, Nine The Musical
Kenneth Posner, Hairspray
Direction of a Play
Laurence Boswell, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Robert Falls, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, Take Me Out
Deborah Warner, Medea
Direction of a Musical
David Leveaux, Nine The Musical
Baz Luhrmann, La Bohème
Jack O’Brien, Hairspray
Twyla Tharp, Movin’ Out
Robert Longbottom, Flower Drum Song
Jerry Mitchell, Hairspray
Melinda Roy, Urban Cowboy The Musical
Twyla Tharp, Movin’ Out
Billy Joel and Stuart Malina, Movin’ Out
Nicholas Kitsopoulos, La Bohème
Jonathan Tunick, Nine The Musical
Harold Wheeler, Hairspray
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Regional Theatre Tony Award
The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN)
Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre
The principal ensemble of La Bohème
Johnson-Liff Casting Associates
The Acting Company