The nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards were announced live by Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on April 30and there was one very big snub.
To Kill A Mockingbirdthe adaptation of Harper Lee's novel that recently became the highest-grossing play in U.S. historydid not receive a nod for Best Play, shocking many.
According to Deadline, Broadway productions that opened during the 2018-19 season on or before the April 25 cutoff date were eligible for this year's honors in 26 competitive categories. Twenty-one plays and 13 musicals opened this season. Only two musical revivals were in contention.
The LGBTQ production The Prom received several nods, including Best Musical ( in which it will compete against Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, Hadestown and Tootsie ), Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical ( Brooks Ashmanskas ) and Best Leading Actress in a Musical ( two nominations, for Caitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel ).
The productions nominated for Best Play are Choir Boy, The Ferryman, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Ink and What the Constitution Means to Me.
A few of the actors receiving nods include Jeff Daniels ( To Kill a Mockingbird ), Annette Bening ( All My Sons ), Laurie Metcalf ( Hillary and Clinton ), Santino Fontana ( Tootsie ), Andre De Shields ( Hadestown ), Kristine Nielsen and Julie White ( both for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus ), Ruth Wilson ( King Lear ), and Jeremy Pope and Ephraim Sykes ( both for Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations ).
Rosemary Harris, Terrence McNally and Harold Wheeler will each receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater, while Judith Light will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award.
The 73rd annual Tony Awards will take place Sunday, June 9, on CBS. James Corden will host.
The Deadline article is at deadline.com/2019/04/2019-tony-award-nominees-full-list-nominations-1202604374/.