2004 Tony Nominations Announced

Nominations for The 58th Annual Tony Awards were announced this morning at the Hudson Theatre in Midtown Manhattan.  As the Boston theater season usually includes the national tours of the best of the best, local theater fans will be interested in who was nominated . . . and who wasn't.

Winners will be announced during the Tony Awards telecast on CBS (WBZ-Channel 4 in Boston), Sunday, June 6, at 8:00 P.M.  Broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall,  the 2004 ceremonies will be hosted by Hugh Jackman, currently starring on Broadway in the Peter Allen musical biography, "The Boy From Oz."

Nominations for the 2004 Tony Awards® include:

Best Play
"Anna in the Tropics" -- Author:  Nilo Cruz
"Frozen" -- Author:  Bryony Lavery
"I Am My Own Wife" -- Author:  Doug Wright
"The Retreat from Moscow" -- Author:  William Nicholson

Best Musical
"Avenue Q"
"Caroline, or Change"
"The Boy from Oz"   

Best Book of a Musical
"Avenue Q" -- Book: Jeff Whitty
"Caroline, or Change" -- Book: Tony Kushner
"The Boy from Oz" -- Book: Martin Sherman  / Original Book: Nick Enright
"Wicked" -- Book: Winnie Holzman

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
"Avenue Q" -- Music & Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
"Caroline, or Change" -- Music: Jeanine Tesori / Lyrics: Tony Kushner
"Taboo" -- Music & Lyrics: Boy George
"Wicked" -- Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Best Revival of a Play
"Henry IV"
"King Lear"
"A Raisin in the Sun"           

Best Revival of a Musical
"Big River"
"Fiddler on the Roof"
"Wonderful Town"

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale -- "Jumpers"
Kevin Kline -- "Henry IV"
Frank Langella -- "Match"
Jefferson Mays -- "I Am My Own Wife"
Christopher Plummer -- King Lear"

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eileen Atkins -- "The Retreat from Moscow"
Tovah Feldshuh -- "Golda's Balcony"
Anne Heche -- "Twentieth Century"
Swoosie Kurtz -- "Frozen"
Phylicia Rashad -- "A Raisin in the Sun"

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Hunter Foster -- "Little Shop of Horrors"
Hugh Jackman -- "The Boy from Oz"
Alfred Molina -- "Fiddler on the Roof"
Euan Morton -- "Taboo"
John Tartaglia -- "Avenue Q"

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth -- "Wicked"
Stephanie D'Abruzzo -- "Avenue Q"
Idina Menzel -- "Wicked"
Donna Murphy -- "Wonderful Town"
Tonya Pinkins -- "Caroline, or Change"

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Tom Aldredge -- "Twentieth Century"
Ben Chaplin -- "The Retreat from Moscow"
Aidan Gillen -- "The Caretaker"
Omar Metwally -- "Sixteen Wounded"
Brían F. O'Byrne -- "Frozen"

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Essie Davis -- "Jumpers"
Sanaa Lathan -- "A Raisin in the Sun"
Margo Martindale -- "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Audra McDonald -- "A Raisin in the Sun"
Daphne Rubin-Vega -- "Anna in the Tropics"                           

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
John Cariani -- "Fiddler on the Roof"
Michael Cerveris -- "Assassins"
Raúl Esparza -- "Taboo"
Michael McElroy -- "Big River"
Denis O'Hare -- "Assassins"

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Beth Fowler -- "The Boy from Oz"
Isabel Keating -- "The Boy from Oz"
Anika Noni Rose -- "Caroline, or Change"
Jennifer Westfeldt -- "Wonderful Town"
Karen Ziemba -- "Never Gonna Dance"

Best Scenic Design
Robert Brill -- "Assassins"
Ralph Funicello -- "Henry IV"
Eugene Lee -- "Wicked"
Tom Pye -- "Fiddler on the Roof"

Best Costume Design
Jess Goldstein -- "Henry IV"
Susan Hilferty -- "Wicked"
Mike Nicholls and Bobby Pearce -- "Taboo"
Mark Thompson -- "Bombay Dreams"

Best Lighting Design
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer -- "Assassins"
Brian MacDevitt -- "Fiddler on the Roof"
Brian MacDevitt -- "Henry IV"
Kenneth Posner -- "Wicked"

Best Direction of a Play
Doug Hughes -- "Frozen"
Moises Kaufman -- "I Am My Own Wife"
David Leveaux -- "Jumpers"
Jack O'Brien -- "Henry IV"

Best Direction of a Musical
Joe Mantello -- "Assassins"
Kathleen Marshall -- "Wonderful Town"
Jason Moore -- "Avenue Q"
George C. Wolfe -- "Caroline, or Change"

Best Choreography
Wayne Cilento -- "Wicked"
Kathleen Marshall -- "Wonderful Town"
Jerry Mitchell -- "Never Gonna Dance"
Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan -- "Bombay Dreams"

Best Orchestrations
Paul Bogaev -- "Bombay Dreams"
William David Brohn -- "Wicked"
Larry Hochman -- "Fiddler on the Roof"
Michael Starobin -- "Assassins"

Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement
James M. Nederlander

The Tony Awards are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.

For more details on this year's awards as well as the history of the Tony Awards, you can visit www.Tonys.org.

Award graphic courtesy of The Tony Awards

-- OnStage Boston



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