Two new musicals – “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud” — lead the Tony Awards nominations with 14 and 12 bids respectively. Not surprisingly, they are the frontrunners for Best Musical. Among new plays, the British import “The Ferryman” and Aaron Sorkin‘s adaptation of Harper Lee‘s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned nine nominations each but the latter was snubbed for the top prize. (See the full list of Tony Awards nominees.)
“Hadestown” numbers four performances among its nominations: a star-making turn by Eva Noblezada and scene-stealing work from Andre De Shields, Amber Gray and Patrick Page. Santino Fontana is the frontrunner to win Best Actor (Musical) for tackling the role made famous by Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie.” Two featured players from that charmer — Lilli Cooper and Andy Grotelueschen — also reaped Tonys bids.
The Best Actor (Play) race looks to be showdown between two Emmy winners: Jeff Daniels (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) and Bryan Cranston (“Network”). Each has taken on an iconic roles that won Oscars for their originators (Gregory Peck and Peter Finch respectively).
Best Actress (Play) may have six nominees but there still wasn’t room for acting royalty Glenda Jackson (“King Lear”). Among the half dozen contenders are past Tony champs Laurie Metcalf (“Hillary and Bill”) and Janet McTeer (“Bernhardt/Hamlet”) and Oliver winner Laura Donnelly (“The Ferryman”).
Unlike last year, revivals of plays don’t dominate with “All My Sons” and “Burn This” doing the best with just three nominations apiece. Conversely, the two restagings of classic musicals did well. Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s “Oklahoma” has eight bids while Cole Porter‘s “Kiss Me Kate” has four. Three of the “Oklahoma” cast are in contention: leading man Damon Daunno and featured players Ali Stroker and Mary Testa. And “Kiss Me Kate” is represented by leading lady Kelli O’Hara.