The American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League have announced the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards, the top honors in Broadway theater. The nominees represent some of the most ambitious fare to hit the Great White Way over the past year. Among them: Hadestown, a modern, bluesy take on classic Greek mythology that leads the pack with 14 nominations, including Best Musical. There’s also Tootsie, based on the popular 1980s movie about a man who poses as a woman to get a new start in his acting career, and The Prom, an original musical comedy about an Indiana student’s mission to overcome bigotry and attend the high school prom with her girlfriend (and the NYC actors who, in their way, try to help). Best Play nods went to daring works like Taylor Mac’s hilariously gory Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus and Heidi Schreck’s intimate, intense What the Constitution Means to Me. In the acting categories, big stars like Annette Bening, Jeff Daniels and Elaine May were nominated alongside up-and-comers.
The winners will be announced live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9. Read on for a list of nominees in the major categories, and then go see the shows. (Productions whose titles are not linked have finished their runs.)
This year, Broadway is inviting audiences to participate in the awards-season excitement; go to tonyawardschallenge.com to make your picks. If you choose all the winners correctly, you could win a year of Broadway tickets—one pair per month to see the latest, greatest shows in NYC.
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Leading Actor 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, Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie