"Hadestown," Anaïs Mitchell's enchanting musical update of the ancient Orpheus and Eurydice myth, leads the nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards, announced Tuesday morning by Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon. "The Ferryman," Jez Butterworth's epic drama set during the Irish Troubles, leads the play category, which had the shocker of the morning: no best play nomination for box-office blockbuster "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The 14 nominations for "Hadestown included best musical, best score (Mitchell), director (Rachel Chavkin) and nods for lead actress Eva Noblezada, and featured actors Patrick Page, Amber Gray and André De Shields. Also competing for best musical will be "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," with 12 nominations, "Tootsie," with 11, as well as "Beetlejuice" and "The Prom."
Noticeably absent in the best musical category was "Be More Chill," the internet sensation written by Garden City native Joe Iconis, which was nominated only for its score. Still, Iconis was upbeat shortly after the announcement.
"I'm proud to be the torchbearer for the entire ‘Be More Chill’ community," he said in a phone call. "Obviously the nomination has my name on it, but it's truly, truly, truly a nomination for all of the people who have been on this show's journey for so long."
Others nominated for best actress in a musical: Stephanie J. Block ("The Cher Show"), Caitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel ("The Prom"), and Kelli O'Hara ("Kiss Me Kate"). Vying for best actor in a musical are Brooks Ashmanskas ("The Prom"), Derrick Baskin ("Ain't Too Proud"), Alex Brightman ("Beetlejuice"), Damon Daunno ("Oklahoma!") and Santino Fontana ("Tootsie").
"The Ferryman" racked up eight more nominations including ones for director Sam Mendes and lead actors Paddy Considine and Laura Donnelly. Considine will compete against Bryan Cranston ("Network"), Jeff Daniels ("To Kill a Mockingbird"), Adam Driver ("Burn This") and Jeremy Pope ("Choir Boy"), who's also up for his featured role in "Ain't Too Proud." Donnelly has to contend with probably the surest thing in this competitive Tony race, Elaine May, nominated as best actress for "The Waverly Gallery."
Other contenders are Annette Bening ("All My Sons"), Janet McTeer ("Bernhardt/Hamlet"), Laurie Metcalf (who got her fourth nomination in a row for "Hillary and Clinton") and Heidi Schreck ("What the Constitution Means to Me"). Also nominated for best play are "Choir Boy," "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," "Ink" and "What the Constitution Means to Me."
Along with "Mockingbird," Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of the famed Harper Lee novel that's breaking box-office records almost weekly, the stage version of the Oscar-winning film "Network" was also shut out in the play category. Other surprises: No best actress nomination for Glenda Jackson in "King Lear."
Special Tony Awards for outstanding contributions to the theater will be presented to Marin Mazzie, star of "Ragtime" and the 2000 revival of "Kiss Me Kate" who died of ovarian cancer in September; Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Co. for their massive King Kong puppet; and musical director Jason Michael Webb. Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to Rosemary Harris of "My Fair Lady" at Lincoln Center, playwright Terrence McNally and composer Harold Wheeler.
The Tonys will be presented June 9, with James Corden hosting for the second time. The show will be televised from 8 to 11 p.m. on CBS.
"Aint Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
"Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
"What the Constitution Means to Me"
Best revival of a musical
"Kiss Me, Kate"
"Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!"
Best revival of a play
"Arthur Miller's All My Sons"
"The Boys in the Band"
"The Waverly Gallery"
Best leading actor in a musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, "The Prom"
Derrick Baskin, "Aint Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Alex Brightman, "Beetlejuice"
Damon Daunno, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!"
Santino Fontana, "Tootsie"
Best leading actress in a musical
Stephanie J. Block, "The Cher Show"
Caitlin Kinnunen, "The Prom"
Beth Leavel, "The Prom"
Eva Noblezada, "Hadestown"
Kelli O'Hara, "Kiss Me, Kate"
Best leading actor in a play
Paddy Considine, "The Ferryman"
Bryan Cranston, "Network"
Jeff Daniels, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Adam Driver, "Burn This"
Jeremy Pope, "Choir Boy"
Best leading actress in a play
Annette Bening, "Arthur Miller's All My Sons"
Laura Donnelly, "The Ferryman"
Elaine May, "The Waverly Gallery"
Janet McTeer, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
Laurie Metcalf, "Hillary and Clinton"
Heidi Schreck, "What the Constitution Means to Me"
Best book of a musical
"Aint Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," Dominique Morisseau
"Beetlejuice," Scott Brown and Anthony King
"Hadestown," Anaïs Mitchell
"The Prom," Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
"Tootsie," Robert Horn
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"Be More Chill"
"To Kill a Mockingbird"