Boffo B’way bouffant

'Hairspray' nabs 13 Tony noms

See nomineesThis article was corrected on May 13, 2003

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.”

Tough choice

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.

Career honored

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.

And the Nominees Are…

Play

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

Musical

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

Original Score

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

Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty, Dinner at Eight
Santo Loquasto, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Catherine Martin, La Bohème
David Rockwell, Hairspray

Costume Design

Gregg Barnes, Flower Drum Song
William Ivey Long, Hairspray
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, La Bohème
Catherine Zuber, Dinner at Eight

Lighting Design

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

Choreography

Robert Longbottom, Flower Drum Song
Jerry Mitchell, Hairspray
Melinda Roy, Urban Cowboy The Musical
Twyla Tharp, Movin’ Out

Orchestrations

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

Cy Feuer

Regional Theatre Tony Award

The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN)

Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

The principal ensemble of La Bohème
Paul Huntley
Johnson-Liff Casting Associates
The Acting Company

More Scene

  • Issa Rae, Natasha Rothwell and Yvonne

    'Insecure' Season 3 to Introduce New 'Timely' Show Within The Show

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    This article was corrected on May 13, 2003 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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content