These leading ladies carry powerful pedigrees in the Broadway community with multiple nominations and wins between them. Can Chicagoan and first-time nominee Jessie Mueller sneak in a win in the Best Actress in a Musical category?
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)
Cherry Jones – The Glass Menagerie
Tyne Daly – Mothers and Son
Estelle Parsons – The Velocity of Autumn
LaTanya Richardson-Jackson – A Raisin in the Sun
Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
DID YOU KNOW? LaTanya Richardson-Jackson is the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Estelle Parsons has been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She originally moved to New York to become a presenter on The Today Show before beginning her career on stage and in film, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This is her fifth Tony Award nomination.
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)
Kelli O’Hara – The Bridges of Madison County
Jessie Mueller – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Mary Bridget Davies – An Evening with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster – Violet
Idina Menzel – If/Then
Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday to when Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel won their Best Actress in a Musical Tony Awards in 2012, 2011 and 2004.
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.
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
Last week, members of our team were able to attend the Spring Road Conference in New York City.
The conference opened with a surprise appearance by Tommy Tune!
Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) delivered the keynote address, stating about live theatre: “Why am I here? Here’s why…I can sit. And turn next to the person next to me and say ‘That was wonderful.'”
Presentations, speeches and discussions followed with (from L to R): Tyne Daly and Bobby Steggert of “Mothers & Sons”, Chicago actress Jessie Mueller of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and the creative team of “If/Then”, the creative team of Bullets Over Broadway, Bryan Cranston of “All the Way”. A performance from “Aladdin” with stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed took place as well.
A fantastic time was had by all attendees and we’re excited to see some of these shows hit the road and come to Chicago in the future!