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The Hollywood Insider 2022 Tony Nominees

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The Awards Picture

The Tony Nominees were announced the morning of May 9th by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry. A Strange Loop garnered the most nominations, eleven, and was closely followed by Paradise Square and MJ, each of which earned ten. Though A Strange Loop seems set up to take home the most awards, the nominations are pretty spread out this year, and the competition is far from one-sided. The Company revival and SIX: The Musical have both been sensations, and the Bob Dylan jukebox musical Girl From the North Country is gorgeous, if humbler than some of the other nominated musicals. As for plays, The Lehman Trilogy earned the most nominations with eight, but was followed closely by both revivals (for colored girls…, The Skin of Our Teeth) and other new plays (Clyde’s, Hangmen).

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The Scoop for Movie Lovers

If you’re reading the Tony nominees on Hollywood Insider, you probably love movies and television as much as we do. Many Hollywood creatives work on Broadway as well, and this year has been no exception.

Billy Crystal starred in an adaptation of the first movie he directed, ‘Mr. Saturday Night,’ and earned a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Hugh Jackman earned a nomination in that same category for The Music Man, continuing his musical theater career. 

Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell and Ruth Negga earned nominations for leading roles in plays, Rockwell for the revival of American Buffalo, and Negga for Macbeth. Almost half of the nominees for Best Featured Actor in a Play are recognizable faces from TV: Alfie Allen (‘Game of Thrones’) for his role in Hangmen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (‘Modern Family’) for his role in Take Me Out, and Jesse Williams (‘Grey’s Anatomy’) for his role in Take Me Out.

Other well-known stars didn’t fare as well. Daniel Craig, who starred opposite Ruth Negga in Macbeth, did not earn a nomination, nor did Matthew Broderick or Sarah Jessica Parker for their starring roles in Plaza Suite. Debra Messing starred in Birthday Candles, a new play that had a decent run, but didn’t garner any Tony nominations.

Here’s one you might not catch at first glance: Sam Mendes directed The Lehman Trilogy. The director of ‘1917’ and ‘American Beauty’ has a long history of directing in theater. He got his start as a film director when Steven Spielberg saw a few of his musical productions on Broadway.

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Full List of 2022 Tony Awards Nominees:

Best New Musical

Girl From the North CountryMJMr. Saturday Night Paradise SquareSIX: The MusicalA Strange Loop

Best Musical Revival

Caroline, or ChangeCompanyThe Music Man

Best New Play

Clyde’sHangmenSkeleton CrewThe Lehman TrilogyThe Minutes

Best Play Revival

American Buffalofor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf | How I Learned to Drive | Take Me Out | Trouble in Mind

Best Book of a Musical

Conor McPherson (Girl From the North Country) | Lynn Nottage (MJ) | Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Mr. Saturday Night) | Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan (Paradise Square) | Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop)

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Best Original Score

Flying Over Sunset (music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Michael Korie) Mr. Saturday Night (music by Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Amanda Green) Paradise Square (music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare) SIX: The Musical (music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss) A Strange Loop (music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson)

Best Direction of a Play

Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth) | 

Camille A. Brown (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf)

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy)

Neil Pepe (American Buffalo)

Les Waters (Dana H.)

Best Direction of a Musical

Stephen Brackett (A Strange Loop)

Marianne Elliott (Company)

Conor McPherson (Girl From the North Country)

Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage (SIX: The Musical)

Christopher Wheeldon (MJ)

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Best Leading Actor in a Play

Simon Russell Beale (The Lehman Trilogy)

Adam Godley (The Lehman Trilogy)

Adrian Lester (The Lehman Trilogy)

David Morse (How I Learned to Drive)

Sam Rockwell (American Buffalo)

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues)

David Threlfall (Hangmen)

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Gabby Beans (The Skin of Our Teeth)

LaChanze (Trouble in Mind)

Ruth Negga (Macbeth)

Deirdre O’Connell (Dana H.)

Mary-Louise Parker (How I Learned to Drive)

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Billy Crystal (Mr. Saturday Night)

Myles Frost (MJ)

Hugh Jackman (The Music Man)

Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire)

Jaquel Spivey (A Strange Loop)

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, or Change)

Carmen Cusack (Flying Over Sunset)

Sutton Foster (The Music Man)

Joaquina Kalukango (Paradise Square)

Mare Winningham (Girl From the North Country)

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Alfie Allen (Hangmen)

Chuck Cooper (Trouble in Mind)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Take Me Out)

Ron Cephas Jones (Clyde’s)

Michael Oberholtzer (Take Me Out)

Jesse Williams (Take Me Out)

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Best Featured Actress in a Play

Uzo Aduba (Clyde’s)

Rachel Dratch (POTUS)

Kenita R. Miller (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf)

Phylicia Rashad (Skeleton Crew)

Julie White (POTUS)

Kara Young (Clyde’s)

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Matt Doyle (Company)

Sidney DuPont (Paradise Square)

Jared Grimes (Funny Girl)

John-Andrew Morrison (A Strange Loop)

A.J. Shively (Paradise Square)

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Jeannette Bayardelle (Girl From the North Country)

Shoshana Bean (Mr. Saturday Night)

Jayne Houdyshell (The Music Man)

L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop)

Patti LuPone (Company)

Jennifer Simard (Company)

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt (POTUS)

Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy)

Anna Fleischle (Hangman)

Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong (Skeleton Crew)

Scott Pask (American Buffalo)

Adam Rigg (The Skin of our Teeth)

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Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions (Flying Over Sunset)

Bunny Christie (Company)

Arnulfo Maldonado (A Strange Loop)

Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini (MJ)

Allen Moyer (Paradise Square)

Best Costume Design of a Play

Montana Levi Blanco  (The Skin of our Teeth)

Sarafina Bush (Pass Over)

Jane Greenwood (Plaza Suite)

Jennifer Moeller (Clyde’s)

Emilio Sosa (Skeleton Crew)

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Fly Davis (Caroline, or Change)

Toni-Leslie James (Paradise Square)

William Ivey Long (Diana, the Musical)

Santo Loquasto (The Music Man)

Gabriella Slade (SIX: The Musical)

Paul Tazewell (MJ)

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Joshua Carr (Hangmen)

Jiyoun Chang (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf)

Jon Clark (The Lehman Trilogy)

Jane Cox (Macbeth)

Yi Zhao (The Skin of Our Teeth)

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Neil Austin (Company)

Tim Deiing (SIX: The Musical)

Donald Holder (Paradise Square)

Natasha Katz (MJ)

Bradley King (Flying Over Sunset)

Jen Schriever (A Strange Loop)

Best Sound Design of a Play

Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey (The Lehman Trilogy)

Justin Ellington (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf)

Mikhail Fiksel (Dana H.)

Palmer Hefferan (The Skin of Our Teeth)

Mikaal Sulaiman (Macbeth)

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Simon Baker (Girl From the North Country)

Ian Dickinson for Autograph (Company)

Paul Gatehouse (SIX: The Musical)

Drew Levy (A Strange Loop)

Gareth Owen (MJ)

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf)

Warren Carlyle (The Music Man)

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (SIX: The Musical)

Bill T. Jones (Paradise Square)

Christopher Wheeldon (MJ)

Best Orchestrations

David Cullen (Company)

Tom Curran (SIX: The Musical)

Simon Hale (Girl From the North Country)

Jason Michael Webb and David Holcenberg (MJ)

Charlie Rosen (A Strange Loop)

When Will the Tony Awards Be?

The ceremony will be held live at Radio City Music Hall for the first time since the COVID shutdowns, and for the first time ever will be broadcasted nationally. It will air on CBS and Paramount+, on June 12, 2022, at 8:00 pm EDT.

Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose (Anita in Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’) will host, and, as always, nominees will have performance spots to show off snippets of their shows, so get ready for a theatrical night.

By Kevin Hauger

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  • Kevin Hauger is a writer and actor joyfully afflicted with cinephilia. Kevin has spent thousands of hours discussing movies, theatre, music, games, anime, and the role of storytelling and entertainment in everyday life. Kevin has a habit of giving everything from Oscar nominees to holiday fillers equal consideration, and finding meaning in the seemingly mundane. Kevin was drawn to The Hollywood Insider mission to support substantive, meaningful journalism, as he believes discussion of art can affect us as profoundly as the art itself. He writes reviews and features that entertain and provoke, and that hopefully provide more questions than answers.

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