Tony Nominations 2024: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

This is why we often argue here for a new category that would honor sets. And Actors’ Equity, the national union representing actors and stage managers, goes further, awarding an annual award to Broadway choirs. Of the 23 musicals opening this season, 21 are eligible; the winner will be notified on June 15 – precisely, one day before the Tonys.

In the history of the awards, only 10 women, since 1998, have won achievement awards. This year, that number appears likely to increase, with seven of ten possible director positions held by women. Anne Kauffman, Lila Neugebauer and Whitney White were nominated for best direction of a play, and Maria Friedman, Leigh Silverman, Jessica Stone and Danya Taymor (the niece of Julie Taymor, the first woman to win for staging of a musical) are nominated. in the running for best direction of a musical.

The Tony nominating committee said “yes” to two pairs of actors playing married characters: Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara as lovers undone by alcoholism in “Days of Wine and Roses” , and Maryann Plunkett and Dorian Harewood as a married couple. an elderly couple dealing with dementia in “The Notebook.” But the shows didn’t receive the same love. Neither was nominated for best musical, although “Days of Wine and Roses” landed a nomination for music and “The Notebook” for book. I guess you can’t always have your wedding cake and eat it too.

Rebecca Frecknall’s twilight revival of Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret” was celebrated when it opened in the West End in 2021, ultimately winning seven Olivier Awards. But its move to Broadway received a more muted response. (“Too often, a misguided attempt to resurrect the series breaks its ribs,” wrote the New York Times.) So who cares? Not the Tony nominees, who rewarded the series with a nomination for best revival of a musical and praised the actors — Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin, Bebe Neuwirth and Steven Skybell — in all four categories.

The long-awaited revival was one of the first hits of the spring, but Tony’s nominators followed the lead of the critics, not the audience, who didn’t have much nice to say about the look, the storyline and the performances of the series. “The Wiz,” which won seven Tony Awards when it arrived on Broadway in 1975, didn’t receive a single nod this time around.

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