Tony Awards: Actress in a Featured Role

 

Each of these women has contributed a stellar performance to their respective shows, from young ingenues to experienced previous award-winners.
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Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Sarah Greene – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Mare Winningham – Casa Valentina

Sophie Okonedo – A Raisin in the Sun

Celia Keenan-Bolger – The Glass Menagerie

Anika Noni Rose – A Raisin in the Sun

DID YOU KNOW? Celia Keenan-Bolger originated the role of Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, which recently toured here in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre.

Both Mare Winningham and Sophie Okonedo have been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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Lauren Worsham – A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Lena Hall – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Anika Larsen – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Adriane Lenox – After Midnight

Linda Emond – Cabaret

DID YOU KNOW? Lena Hall is a real life rocker, fronting a band called The Deafening, which gave her plenty of preparation to star in Hedwig.

Adriane Lenox previously won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) in 2005 for Doubt: A Parable, a role that Viola Davis portrayed in the film adaptation.

 

 

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Tony Awards: Actor in a Featured Role

The scene stealers, the unexpected surprises, the young up-and-comer and the veterans are all represented in the Tony Award nominees for Best Actor in a Featured Role.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night

Stephen Fry – Twelfth Night

Brian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie

Reed Birney – Casa Valentina

Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night

DID YOU KNOW? Mark Rylance was the original Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He grew up in Milwaukee, WI before moving back to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

You might recognize Reed Birney from Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays Rep. Donald Blythe.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

James Monroe Iglehart – Aladdin

Jarrod Spector – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Joshua Henry – Violet

Nick Cordero – Bullets Over Broadway

Danny Burstein – Cabaret

WATCH James Monroe Iglehart videotaped the phone call he received from director Casey Nicholaw learning he would play the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway.

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‘N – The Queen of Paris’ to hold Pre-Broadway U.S. premiere in Chicago

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The Chicago Tribune reports “Another big new musical with Broadway aspirations has signed up for a pre-New York run in Chicago. Broadway in Chicago said Monday that “N — The Queen of Paris” will make its U.S.  premiere at the Bank of America Theatre in Nov. 2015, before landing on Broadway during the spring of 2016.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune Theater Loop

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Tony Awards: Best Score

These are the songs that get stuck in your head as you leave the theatre, listen to original cast recordings of repeatedly and catch yourself spontaneously bursting into singing out loud. You have the nominees for Best Score to thank for all of it.

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Best Score (Clockwise, L to R)

Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Chad Beguelin, Alan Menken (pictured) Tim Rice, Howard Ashman – Aladdin

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – If/Then

Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of Madison County

Listen to selections from the nominated scores below!

The “If/Then” Original Cast Recording is currently streaming on the USA Today website

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Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical

 

Sometimes actors will speak words in between all the song and dance of a musical. The nominees for Best Book are there to help move the story along and get the show from one big musical number to the next.
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Woody Allen – Bullets Over Broadway

Chad Beguelin – Aladdin

Douglas McGrath – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

DID YOU KNOW? Douglas McGrath was the screenwriter of the Woody Allen-directed film “Bullets Over Broadway” that Woody Allen then adapted for the stage by writing the Tony-nominated book!

 

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Tony Awards: Best Direction

Here they are, the guiding forces behind each show to help realize the vision – the Best Director nominees.

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Best Direction (Play) (Clockwise L to R)

John Tiffany – The Glass Menagerie

Michael Grandage – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Tim Carroll – Twelfth Night

Kenny Leon – A Raisin in the Sun

DID YOU KNOW? Michael Grandage founded his own theatre company in the U.K. which has produced shows such as Peter and Alice starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, written by The Last Ship scribe John Logan.

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Best Direction (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Darko Tresnjak – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Leigh Silverman – Violet

Michael Mayer – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Warren Carlyle – After Midnight

DID YOU KNOW? Michael Mayer was asked to direct the original Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch but had to decline due to prior commitments. 15 years later, he finally got his shot to take it on.

 

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Tony Awards: Best Choreography

Gotta dance! Here are the choreographers who inspired fancy footwork and marvelous movement on Broadway stages.

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Best Choreography (Clockwise, L to R)

Susan Stroman – Bullets Over Broadway

Kelly Devine & Steven Hoggett – Rocky

Warren Carlyle – After Midnight

Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin

DID YOU KNOW? Talk about the student becoming the master! Warren Carlyle was the assistant choreographer under fellow nominee director Susan Stroman on The Producers, and now he’s garnered his first Tony nominations for choreography AND directing.

Steven Hoggett is currently here in Chicago choreographing The Last Ship!

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Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design

We’re also taking the time today to recognize the Best Scenic Design nominees!

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Best Scenic Design (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Beowulf Boritt – Act One

Bob Crowley – The Glass Menagerie

Es Devlin – Machinal

Christopher Oram – The Cripple of Inishmaan

DID YOU KNOW? Christopher Oram has also won an Olivier Award for Costume Design, in addition to his previous Tony Award for scenic design for John Logan’s “Red”

Es Devlin designed the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and has worked for artists such as Miley Cyrus, Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz to design their live stage shows.

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Best Scenic Design (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Julian Crouch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Santo Loquasto – Bullets Over Broadway

Alexander Dodge – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Christopher Barreca – Rocky

DID YOU KNOW? Alexander Dodge was born in Switzerland and grew up in Arizona. After moving to New York, he became the resident designer for Ethan Hawke’s Malaparte Theatre Company.

 

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Tony Awards: Best Sound Design

We hope you haven’t forgotten about the Tonys after the holiday weekend, because there’s less than two weeks left until the big night! Today we’re going to look at the nominees for Best Sound Design.

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Best Sound Design (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Alex Baranowski – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Matt Tierney – Machinal

Dan Moses Schrier – Act One

Steve Canyon Kennedy – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Alex Baranowski has posted examples of his work from “The Cripple of Inishmaan” on his SoundCloud account.

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Best Sound Design (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Tim O’Heir – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Brian Ronan – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Mick Potter – Les Miserables

Peter Hylenski – After Midnight

DID YOU KNOW? Brian Ronan was originally a lighting designer who got into sound design thinking it would be easier to find work. He is now a five-time Tony nominee.

Peter Hylenski was the sound designer for Motown the Musical, currently playing at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago through August 9th!

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Tony Awards: Best Costume Design

We’re continuing our Tony Awards countdown with the nominees for Best Costume Design!

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Rita Ryack – Casa Valentina

Michael Krass – Machinal

Jane Greenwood – Act One

Jenny Tiramani – Twelfth Night

DID YOU KNOW?: Rita Ryack is also a costume designer for film, including the movie adaptations of Hairspray and Rock of Ages.

Jenny Tiramani designed both scenery and costumes for the Globe’s productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, enabling them to play in the same Broadway theatre.

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Best Costume Design (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Arianne Phillips – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

William Ivey Long – Bullets Over Broadway

Isabel Toledo – After Midnight

Linda Cho – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

DID YOU KNOW?: Isabel Toledo is a prominent fashion designer who received her Tony nomination for her first time designing for a Broadway show.

Arianne Phillips also designed the costumes for the Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie back in 2001.

 

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