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Tony Awards: Will Al Pacino, Vanessa Williams score nominations?
The Tony Award nominations, celebrating the best and brightest on Broadway, will be announced Tuesday morning, and Newsday Westchester is taking a look at which local celebrities and other creative talent could receive nods.
One musical receiving a lot of buzz is “Matilda,” an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic that opened earlier this month and features Westchester’s 9-year-old Sophia Gennusa as one of four young actress playing the title role.
Sophia and three 10-year-old actresses – Milly Shapiro, Oona Laurence and Bailey Ryon – take turns playing the lead role in the Broadway show but will not be up for a nomination for best lead actress in a musical. Instead, all four will be honored with a special Tony Honors for Excellence to "recognize their outstanding performances this season."
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So which actors with Hudson Valley ties are eligible for Tony nominations? Let’s break it down by category.
Best Leading Actress in a Play: Sigourney Weaver, a former Sarah Lawrence College student who reportedly calls Millbrook home, could earn her second Tony nomination for her starring role in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." And despite the fact that “The Anarchist” ran for only two weeks, Irvington resident Debra Winger also might pick up a nod for her role in the David Mamet play.
Best Leading Actor in a Play: Oscar nominee and Dutchess County resident David Strathairn could earn his first-ever Tony nomination for his role opposite fellow Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress.”
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Quite a few actors with local connections are eligible to receive Tony nods, starting with legendary Thespian Al Pacino. The Palisades resident could earn his fourth Tony nomination for his role as struggling salesman Shelley "The Machine" Levene in “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
Sebastian Stan, who attended Rockland Country Day School in Congers, also could be a Tony nominee for “Picnic,” as could Scarsdale native Peter Scolari, who reunites with his “Bosom Buddies” co-star in “Lucky Guy,” and Mount Kisco native Danny Burstein for “Golden Boy.”
Best Featured Actress in a Play: “The Trip to Bountiful,” which opened earlier this month, could score nominations in this category for two of its stars: Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams and former Mount Vernon resident Condola Rashad. Rockland’s Ellen Burstyn is eligible as well and could receive her second Tony nomination for her featured role in “Picnic.”
Hudson Valley talent extends beyond the acting categories. Ardsley resident Patricia Wilcox could receive a Tony nod for best choreography for “Motown the Musical,” and Jeff Crotier, who was raised in Eastchester and attended Purchase College and who won a Tony last year for best lighting design for a play for “Peter and the Starcatcher,” is eligible to be nominated again for his work on “Jekyll and Hyde” and “The Anarchist.”
The Tony Award nominations will be announced tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST and will be broadcast on CBS and at TonyAwards.com, with “Modern Family’s" Jesse Tyler Ferguson and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster announcing the nominees. And the 67th annual Tony Awards will air live Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m. EST, with a host still to be announced.
Which Hudson Valley star do you hope will score a Tony nomination? Let us know in the comments!
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