By Dawn Cranfield
Tony Awards 2013 Nominations Are Here!
The nominations for The 67th annual Tony Awards have been announced. The American Theater Wing published their choices for The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, otherwise known as “Tony” Awards on Tuesday. This year, the star-studded festivities will return to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since 2010 and will be telecast on CBS June 9 at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT.
First awarded in 1947, the Tony’s are given to recognize achievement in Broadway Theater. The annual awards are presented by the American Theater Wing and The Broadway League and are named for Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theater Wing.
Originally, the awards featured 11 categories, but today they the Tony Awards have grown to 26 categories, not including a special non-competitive honor The Isabelle Stevenson Award. This special accolade is presented to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution of time and effort on behalf of one or more social service, charitable, or humanitarian organizations.
Like any contest or race, those who observe or participate are going to be elated, grouse, or feign disinterest about the outcome, depending on where they fall in the spectrum of their interest; especially today when anybody with access to the Internet and a computer can post their opinion for the world to see.
Dave Itzkoff of Arts Beat, a column on the New York Times website, opined “‘Bombshell,’ Julia
Houston and Tom Levitt’s new musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe, was entirely shut out, perhaps because it is completely fictitious and exists only on the NBC series “Smash,” and hence not eligible for real Tony Awards.” (artsbeat.blogs)
While some plays or musicals may have appeared to be ignored, others were overwhelmingly adored by voters of the Awards. “The homegrown musical Kinky Boots, with a book by veteran writer/performer Harvey Fierstein and a score by first-time Broadway composer Cyndi Lauper, earned 13 nods, the most this year and one more than the critically celebrated British import Matilda the Musical.” (usatoday.com)
Other notable nominations include: Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, Tom Hanks (Big, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile) for Lucky Guy; David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Vanya and Sania and Masha and Spike; Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play; Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) The Other Place; Holland Taylor (Two And a Half Men) Ann; Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play; Richard Kind (Mad About You, Spin City)The Big Knife; Tony Shalhoub (Monk) Golden Boy; Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play, Judith Ivey (Designing Women) The Heiress, Judith Light (Who’s the Boss)The Assembled Parties; and Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical, Keith Carradine (Nashville, Deadwood) Hands on a Hardbody.
However, so is the beauty of the arts, one man’s tragedy is another’s triumph. What may uplift somebody and make them feel jubilant might leave another feeling flat and cold.
Regardless of where you are on the continuum, the best of luck to all of the nominees. Where would the world be without art…