2018 Tony Award Nominees

Brian Sloan

A very nice sea sponge and some very mean girls lead the pack of Tony nominees this year. Two new musicals, SpongeBob SquarePantsand Mean Girls, received 12 nominations apiece. Five other plays and musicals from the 2017–18 season earned 11 nominations each, including the just-opened blockbuster Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the critically praised tuner The Band's Visit.

In the acting categories, movie stars Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington will be competing for best actor in a revival, and Glenda Jackson is a favorite for the honor in the best actress category. Also, two Broadway newcomers nabbed their first Tony nods: Amy Schumer for her role in Steve Martin's comedy Meteor Shower and Lauren Ambrose for putting a new spin on Eliza in My Fair Lady.

Nearly all of this year's major nominated shows and performers are still onstage, so check them out before the winners are announced on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Even if a show is popular, there are always some creative ways to find last-minute tickets to some of this season's biggest hits. (Shows that have finished their runs are not linked below.) So read on for nominees in the main categories, and make sure to see these honored shows this spring and summer.

Photo: Deen van Meer

Credit: Farinelli Broadway LP

Best Play

The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Latin History for Morons

Photo: Joan Marcus

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Carousel

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King
Denzel Washington, The Iceman Cometh


Best Leading Actress in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower