The Tony Awards

'Kinky Boots' walks away with 13 nominations while 'Matilda' racks up 12

The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards shaped up into a head-to-head battle between drag queens and little girls, with musical “Kinky Boots” leading the pack with 13 noms and “Matilda,” with 12, nipping at the stiletto heels of its thigh-highs.

The haul for “Kinky Boots,” about a drag queen who helps a new friend revitalize his family shoe business, includes nods for new musical, score (Cyndi Lauper), book (Harvey Fierstein) and thesps Billy Porter (as drag queen Lola) and Stark Sands, both competing in the lead actor category.

“Matilda,” the Brit hit adapted from the Roald Dahl novel about a self-sufficient little girl, has a horse in each of those races as well, including lead actor Bertie Carvel, who plays an evil headmistress. (The four moppet thesps who alternate in the title role weren’t eligible for a competitive acting award, but will receive a special Tony honor for their work.)

Among musical revivals, “Pippin” snagged ten nods and “Cinderella” took nine. In the play categories, Bartlett Sher’s much-lauded revival of “Golden Boy” was the one to beat with eight noms (including one for featured actor Tony Shalhoub), while  Nora Ephron’s new play “Lucky Guy” took six nods (including one for topliner Tom Hanks), matching the six tallied by Christopher Durang’s latest, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

There were so many big-name stars onstage this season that it seemed inevitable that several of them were left out. Perhaps the most notable absence was Bette Midler, who despite strong reviews for her perf in solo show “I’ll Eat You Last” didn’t get a nom. The entire production, in fact, walked away empty-handed, including Bond scribe John Logan (“Red”) and helmer Joe Mantello (“Wicked”).

Also left out in the cold were well-known thesps including Scarlett Johansson (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”), Al Pacino (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), Alan Cumming (“Macbeth”), Jessica Chastain (“The Heiress”) and Alec Baldwin, although his co-star in “Orphans,” Tom Sturridge, snagged a place in the lead actor race.

The Tony noms come at the end of a hectic season that started slow and didn’t really yield a strong crop of competitors until the last few weeks before the April 25 eligibility cutoff. Although both “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda” could easily be pegged as the frontrunners even before the nominations were announced, there’s no odds-on favorite this year as there has been in prior years with, for instance, “The Book of Mormon” or “The Producers.”

Aside from “Kinky” and “Matilda,” it was anyone’s guess as to which two other shows would have filled out the category for new musical, generally acknowledged as the only Tony Award to have any real influence on box office. “Motown” (four noms) seemed a likely candidate, if only because the production proved a box office powerhouse right out of the gate, and a number of observers expected a nod for the short-lived “Hands on a Hardbody,” which had its share of admirers (and took three noms including one for Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green’s score).

Instead the nominators unexpectedly tapped cheerleader tuner “Bring It On,” which closed in January, as well as “A Christmas Story,” which earned solid notices and posted strong sales in its limited holiday run.

In the new play race, “Lucky Guy” and “Vanya and Sonia” (which scored four acting noms, including one for David Hyde Pierce) vie with Richard Greenberg’s warmly received “The Assembled Parties” and Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary,” the latter also snagging two design nods but no nominations for its solo star Fiona Shaw or its helmer Deborah Warner.

With a couple of strong candidates in major categories but no clear favorite in any of them, the Tony campaigning will now kick into overdrive, starting with the Tony nominees press reception Wednesday. Awards are handed June 9 in a ceremony set to be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 TONY AWARDS

PLAY

  • The Assembled Parties” - Author: Richard Greenberg. Producers: Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove
  • “Lucky Guy” - Author: Nora Ephron. Producers: Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger & William Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole & Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Sonia Friedman Productions, The Shubert Organization
  • “The Testament of Mary” - Author: Colm Toibin. Producers: Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Roger Berlind, Broadway Across America, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman Productions/Tulchin Bartner Productions, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Eli Bush
  • “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” - Author: Christopher Durang. Producers: Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Martin Platt & David Elliott, Pat Flicker Addiss, Catherine Adler, John O’Boyle, Joshua Goodman, Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Cricket Hooper Jiranek/Michael Palitz, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Radio Mouse Entertainment, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Mary Cossette/Barbara Manocherian, Megan Savage/Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Ron Simons, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, MacCarter Theater Center, Lincoln Center Theater

MUSICAL

  • “Bring It On: The Musical” - Producers: Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein & Charlie Lyons, Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson
  • “A Christmas Story, The Musical” - Producers: Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino, Jr., Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas, Bradford W. Smith
  • “Kinky Boots” - Producers: Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Bergère, Allan S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy & Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein & Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Michael DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom & Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp, Jujamcyn Theaters
  • “Matilda The Musical” - Producers: The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers

REVIVAL OF A PLAY

  • “Golden Boy” - Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Andre Bishop, Bernard Gersten
  • “Orphans” - Producers: Frederick Zollo, Robert Cole, The Shubert Organization, Orin Wolf, Lucky VIII, Scott M. Delman, James P. MacGilvray, StylesFour Productions
  • The Trip to Bountiful” - Producers: Nelle Nugent, Kevin Liles, Paula Marie Black, David R. Weinreb, Stephen C. Byrd, Alia M. Jones, Kenneth Teaton, Carole L. Haber/Philip Geier, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg/Ricardo Hornos, Fifty Church Street Productions/Hallie Foote/Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Joseph Sirola, Howard and Janet Kagan/Charles Salameno, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Raymond Gaspard/Andrea M. Price, Willette Murphy Klausner/Reginald M. Browne
  • “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” - Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Kit Seidel, Amy Danis & Mark Johannes, Patty Baker, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Richard Gross, Jam Theatricals, Cheryl Lachowicz, Michael Palitz, Dramatic Forces/Angelina Fiordellisi, Luigi & Rose Caiola, Ken Greiner, Kathleen K. Johnson, Kirmser Ponturo Fund, Will Trice, GFour Productions, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

  • “Annie” - Producers: Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth, Eva Price/Christina Papagjika
  • “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” - Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy
  • “Pippin” - Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney, American Repertory Theater
  • “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” - Producers: Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions, Center Theatre Group

BOOK OF A MUSICAL

  • “A Christmas Story, The Musical” (Joseph Robinette)
  • “Kinky Boots” (Harvey Fierstein)
  • “Matilda The Musical” (Dennis Kelly)
  • “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Douglas Carter Beane)

ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER

  • “A Christmas Story, The Musical” – Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • “Hands on a Hardbody” – Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics: Amanda Green
  • “Kinky Boots” – Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
  • “Matilda The Musical” – Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

  • Tom Hanks, “Lucky Guy”
  • Nathan Lane, “The Nance
  • Tracy Letts, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • David Hyde Pierce, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • Tom Sturridge, “Orphans”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

  • Laurie Metcalf, “The Other Place”
  • Amy Morton, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Kristine Nielsen, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • Holland Taylor, “Ann”
  • Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Bertie Carvel, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Santino Fontana, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • Rob McClure, “Chaplin”
  • Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots”
  • Stark Sands, “Kinky Boots”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Stephanie J. Block, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • Carolee Carmello, “Scandalous”
  • Valisia LeKae, “Motown The Musical”
  • Patina Miller, “Pippin”
  • Laura Osnes, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

  • Danny Burstein, “Golden Boy”
  • Richard Kind, “The Big Knife
  • Billy Magnussen, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • Tony Shalhoub, “Golden Boy”
  • Courtney B. Vance, “Lucky Guy”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

  • Carrie Coon, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Shalita Grant, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • Judith Ivey, “The Heiress”
  • Judith Light, “The Assembled Parties”
  • Condola Rashad, “The Trip to Bountiful”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Charl Brown, “Motown The Musical”
  • Keith Carradine, “Hands on a Hardbody”
  • Will Chase, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • Gabriel Ebert, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Terrence Mann, “Pippin”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

  • Annaleigh Ashford, “Kinky Boots”
  • Victoria Clark, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • Andrea Martin, “Pippin”
  • Keala Settle, “Hands on a Hardbody”
  • Lauren Ward, “Matilda The Musical”

SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

  • John Lee Beatty, “The Nance”
  • Santo Loquasto, “The Assembled Parties”
  • David Rockwell, “Lucky Guy”
  • Michael Yeargan, “Golden Boy”

SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

  • Rob Howell, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Anna Louizos, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • Scott Pask, “Pippin”
  • David Rockwell, “Kinky Boots”

COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

  • Soutra Gilmour, “Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Ann Roth, “The Nance”
  • Albert Wolsky, “The Heiress”
  • Catherine Zuber, “Golden Boy”

COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

  • Gregg Barnes, “Kinky Boots”
  • Rob Howell, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Dominique Lemieux, “Pippin”
  • William Ivey Long, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

  • Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, “Lucky Guy”
  • Donald Holder, “Golden Boy”
  • Jennifer Tipton, “The Testament of Mary”
  • Japhy Weideman, “The Nance”

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

  • Kenneth Posner, “Kinky Boots”
  • Kenneth Posner, “Pippin”
  • Kenneth Posner, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • Hugh Vanstone, “Matilda The Musical”

SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

  • John Gromada, “The Trip to Bountiful”
  • Mel Mercier, “The Testament of Mary”
  • Leon Rothenberg, “The Nance”
  • Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, “Golden Boy”

SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

  • Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, “Pippin”
  • Peter Hylenski, “Motown The Musical”
  • John Shivers, “Kinky Boots”
  • Nevin Steinberg, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

DIRECTION OF A PLAY

  • Pam MacKinnon, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Nicholas Martin, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
  • Bartlett Sher, “Golden Boy”
  • George C. Wolfe, “Lucky Guy”

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

  • Scott Ellis, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
  • Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots”
  • Diane Paulus, “Pippin”
  • Matthew Warchus, “Matilda The Musical”

CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bring It On: The Musical”
  • Peter Darling, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots”
  • Chet Walker, “Pippin”

ORCHESTRATIONS

  • Chris Nightingale, “Matilda The Musical”
  • Stephen Oremus, “Kinky Boots”
  • Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, “Motown The Musical”
  • Danny Troob, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
  • Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER

  • Bernard Gersten
  • Paul Libin
  • Ming Cho Lee

REGIONAL THEATER AWARD
Huntington Theater Company, Boston, MA

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Larry Kramer

TONY HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER
Career Transition For Dancers
William Craver
Peter Lawrence
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of “Matilda The Musical” on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

TONY NOMINATIONS BY PRODUCTION
“Kinky Boots” 13
“Matilda The Musical” 12
“Pippin” 10
“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” 9
“Golden Boy” 8
“Lucky Guy” 6
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” 6
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” 5
“The Nance” 5
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 5
“Motown The Musical” 4
“The Trip to Bountiful” 4
“The Assembled Parties” 3
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” 3
“Hands on a Hardbody” 3
“The Testament of Mary” 3
“Bring It On: The Musical” 2
“The Heiress” 2
Orphans 2
“Ann” 1
“Annie” 1
“The Big Knife” 1
“Chaplin” 1
“Cyrano de Bergerac” 1
“The Other Place” 1
“Scandalous” 1

 

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