The theater world is just over a month away from its annual celebration of Broadway’s best, and on April 30, fans got a sneak peek at potential honorees when nominations were announced for the 67th Tony Awards. The ceremony, set for June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, is sure to be a star-studded affair so brush up on the nominees, and reserve a place today with Tony Awards tickets from Vivid Seats.
This year’s most nominated production is the musical “Kinky Boots,” which is the stage adaptation of an eponymous 2005 feature film, centering on a struggling shoe factory and its return to success. “Kinky Boots” earned 13 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Original Score—the last for widely celebrated music and lyrics by ‘80s icon, Cyndi Lauper. An adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children’s book, “Matilda the Musical,” followed closely with 12 nominations, while revivals of Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippin” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” received 10 and nine nods each, respectively.
Nominees for Best Play of 2013 include the late Nora Ephron-penned “Lucky Guy,” “The Testament of Mary,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and “The Assembled Parties.” Each of the four Best Musical nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards is an adaptation, with film-to-stage adaptations of “Bring It On: The Musical” and “A Christmas Story: The Musical” joining the race alongside “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda.”
A host of familiar faces from the silver screen also nudged their way onto this year’s list of nominees. Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play is up for grabs between five nominees, among them Tom Hanks ("Lucky Guy"), Nathan Lane ("The Nance"), and David Hyde Pierce ("Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"). Keith Carradine, Holland Taylor, and Laurie Metcalfe are also in the running for Tony Awards this season. Among Broadway regulars, Stephanie J. Block, Kristine Nielsen, Santino Fontana, and Rob McClure are all angling to win their first Tony Award for superb performances in leading roles.
Despite all the excitement, it wouldn’t be an awards show without a fair share of snubs. “Motown: The Musical”—penned by Motown records founder Berry Gordy, Jr.—did not receive a Best Musical nod, nor did the biographical musical, “Chaplin.” Hollywood stars on Broadway also felt the theater world’s cold shoulder, as Bette Midler ("I’ll Eat You Last") and Fiona Shaw ("The Testament of Mary") missed out on Best Actress nominations for their one-woman shows, and Alan Cumming’s mostly one-man “Macbeth” (set in the psychiatric ward of a hospital) did not garner any nominations. Prominent film actors Alec Baldwin, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Paul Rudd, and Ed Asner also were shut out.
If you can’t trek to New York for the live awards show, you can still find a wide selection of theater tickets for these Tony nominees, as well as a host of other local and touring productions, available through the Vivid Seats marketplace.