Tony Awards 2019: Hadestown, Musical Dominates with 14 Nods

Hadestown, an original take on Greek mythology, dominated the 2019 Tony Award nominations, picking up a leading 14 nods on Tuesday, including one for best musical.

“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” a celebration of the music of the Temptations, and “Tootsie,” an update of the comedy classic that’s earned critical raves, were close behind with 12 and 11 nominations, respectively.

“The Ferryman,” a drama about a former IRA agent whose radical past comes back to haunt him, earned a leading nine nominations, including a nod for best play.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” an adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel that’s become a box office smash, tied “The Ferryman” with nine nominations, including nods for its cast and for director Bartlett Sher, but was snubbed in the best play category.

“Network,” a news business satire, was also shut out.

The best play category will be a contest between the coming-of-age drama “Choir Boy,” the off-beat comedy “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” the Rupert Murdoch origin story “Ink,” and Heidi Schreck’s one-woman civics journey “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

Oklahoma, a pared down and darker interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic slice of Americana, and “Kiss Me, Kate,” Cole Porter’s look at the back-stage hijinks of a troop of actors, will duke it out in the best revival of a musical category. “Oklahoma” picked up a total of eight nominations, including a nod for its star Damon Daunno and for its director Daniel Fish.

Best Play Revival

Best play revival nominees include “Burn This,” a romantic drama about a couple united by shared grief; “The Boys in the Band,” a groundbreaking drama about a group of gay friends; “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s look at the corrosive effects of capitalism; “Torch Song,” the story of a Jewish homosexual drag queen, and “The Waverly Gallery,” a dramedy about a young man’s relationship with his ailing grandmother.

The best musical race will also include the big-budget stage show “Beetlejuice” and the ebullient and much more modestly priced “The Prom.”

Best Lead Actress

The best leading actress in a play category includes the vet comedian Elaine May (“The Waverly Gallery”), returning to the stages after several decades as a woman suffering from dementia.

She will vie with Laurie Metcalf (“Hillary and Clinton”), Annette Bening (“All My Sons”), Janet McTeer (“Bernhardt/Hamlet”), Schreck (“What the Constitution Means to Me”), and Laura Donnelly (“The Ferryman”) for that honor.

Glenda Jackson Snubbed

Glenda Jackson, who won the prize last year for her work in “Three Tall Women,” was snubbed for her performance as the mad monarch in “King Lear.” The Shakespeare adaptation has divided critics and only scored one nomination in the supporting actress category for Ruth Wilson.

Best Lead Actor

Best leading actor in a play boasts several Hollywood heavyweights, including Bryan Cranston’s towering performance as a newscaster on the brink in “Network,” Jeff Daniels’ turn as country lawyer Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Adam Driver’s work as a hyperactive restaurant manager in “Burn This.” Rounding out the category are Paddy Considine for his starring role as a former IRA operative in “The Ferryman” and Jeremy Pope for his work as a gay teenager in a conservative high school in “Choir Boy.”

In the lead actor in a musical, “Oklahoma’s” Daunno will face off against Brooks Ashmanskas (“The Prom”), Derrick Baskin (“Ain’t Too Proud”), Alex Brightman (“Beetlejuice”), and Santino Fontana (“Tootsie”).

Leading actress in a musical nominees include Stephanie J. Block (“The Cher Show”), Caitlin Kinnunen (“The Prom”), Beth Leavel (“The Prom”), Eva Noblezada (“Hadestown”), and Kelli O’Hara (“Kiss Me, Kate”).

James Corden will host the telecast on June 9. It will air on CBS.

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
The Prom

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
The Boys in the Band
Burn This
Torch Song
The Waverly Gallery

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Book of a Musical

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
The Prom

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

Be More Chill
Music & Lyrics: Joe Iconis
Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect
Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom
Music: Matthew Sklar
Lyrics: Chad Beguelin

To Kill a Mockingbird
Music: Adam Guettel
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

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

Paddy Considine, The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston, Network
Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird
Adam Driver, Burn This
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy

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

Annette Bening, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

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

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
Damon Daunno, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie