Funny Girl star Lea Michele and 2022 Tony winner Myles Frost (MJ) announced the 76th Annual Tony Awards nominations this morning at 9:00, live from Sofitel New York and streaming on the official Tony Awards YouTube page, preceded by a selection of categories read live on CBS Mornings at 8:30 am. This year’s Tony Awards cut-off date for the 2022-2023 season was Thursday, April 27, 2023, for Broadway productions that met all eligibility requirements.
Named for actress, director, producer, and wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing Antoinette Perry, the Tonys made their official debut at a dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947. Currently, there are 26 competitive categories of Tony Awards, in addition to special honors and awards bestowed on deserving individuals or institutions.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee previously announced that they will present the 2023 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, established in 1990, to three outstanding contributors to the Broadway industry: production stage manager Lisa Dawn Cave; Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of the Theatre Development Fund; and theatrical accountant Robert Fried.
Leading the Tony nominations this year is the musical Some Like It Hot, with a total of thirteen. The full list of nominations for the 2023 Tony Awards by category is:
BEST PLAY: Ain’t No Mo’, Jordan E. Cooper; Between Riverside and Crazy, Stephen Adly Guirgis; Cost of Living, Martyna Majok; Fat Ham, James IJames; Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard
BEST MUSICAL: & Juliet; Kimberly Akimbo; New York, New York, Shucked; Some Like It Hot
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: A Doll’s House; August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson; The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window; Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: Into the Woods; Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot; Parade; Sweeney Todd
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: & Juliet, David West Read; Kimberly Akimbo, David Lindsay-Abaire; New York, New York, David Thompson & Sharon Washington; Shucked, Robert Horn; Some Like It Hot, Matthew Lopez & Amber Ruffin
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE: Almost Famous, Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Cameron Crowe & Tom Kitt; Kimberly Akimbo, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; KPOP, Music & Lyrics by Helen Park & Max Vernon; Shucked, Music & Lyrics by Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally; Some Like It Hot, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog; Corey Hawkins, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog; Sean Hayes, Goodnight, Oscar; Stephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and Crazy; Wendell Pierce, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY: Jessica Chastain, A Doll’s House; Jodie Comer, Prima Facie; Jessica Hecht, Summer, 1976; Audra McDonald, Ohio State Murders
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL:
Christian Borle, Some Like It Hot; J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot; Josh Groban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Brian d’Arcy James, Into the Woods; Ben Platt, Parade; Colton Ryan, New York, New York
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Sara Bareilles, Into the Woods; Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo; Lorna Courtney, & Juliet; Micaela Diamond, Parade
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY: Jordan E. Cooper, Ain’t No Mo’; Samuel L. Jackson, The Piano Lesson; Arian Moayed, A Doll’s House; Brandon Uranowitz, Leopoldstadt; David Zayas, Cost of Living
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY: Nikki Crawford, Fat Ham; Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ain’t No Mo’; Miriam Silverman, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window; Katy Sullivan, Cost of Living; Kara Young, Cost of Living
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Kevin Cahoon, Shucked; Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo; Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like It Hot; Jordan Donica, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot; Alex Newell, Shucked
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Julia Lester, Into the Woods; Ruthie Ann Miles, Sweeney Todd; Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo; Natasha Yvette Williams, Some Like It Hot; Betsy Wolfe, & Juliet
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Saheem Ali, Fat Ham; Jo Bonney, Cost of Living; Jamie Lloyd, A Doll’s House; Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt; Stevie Walker-Webb, Ain’t No Mo’; Max Webster, Life of Pi
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Michael Arden, Parade; Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods; Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot; Jack O’Brien, Shucked; Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Steven Hoggett, Sweeney Todd; Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot; Susan Stroman, New York, New York; Jennifer Weber, & Juliet; Jennifer Weber, KPOP
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro, & Juliet; John Clancy, Kimberly Akimbo; Jason Howland, Shucked; Charlie Rosen & Bryan Carter, Some Like It Hot; Daryl Waters & Sam Davis, New York, New York
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Miriam Buether, Prima Facie; Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding, Life of Pi; Rachel Hauck, Goodnight, Oscar; Richard Hudson, Leopoldstadt; Dane Laffrey & Lucy MacKinnon, A Christmas Carol
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Beowulf Boritt, New York, New York; Mimi Lien, Sweeney Todd; Scott Pask, Shucked; Scott Pask, Some Like It Hot; Michael Yeargan & 59 Productions, Camelot
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Tim Hatley, Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell, Life of Pi; Dominique Fawn Hill, Fat Ham; Brigitte Rieffenstuel, Leopoldstadt; Emilio Sosa, Ain’t No Mo’; Emilio Sosa, Goodnight, Oscar
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Gregg Barnes, Some Like It Hot; Susan Hilferty, Parade; Jennifer Moeller, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot; Clint Ramos & Sophia Choi, KPOP; Paloma Young, & Juliet; Donna Zakowska, New York, New York
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, Leopoldstadt; Natasha Chivers, Prima Facie; Jon Clark, A Doll’s House; Bradley King, Fat Ham; Tim Lutkin, Life of Pi; Jen Schriever, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; Ben Stanton, A Christmas Carol
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Ken Billington, New York, New York; Lap Chi Chu, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot; Heather Gilbert, Parade; Howard Hudson, & Juliet; Natasha Katz, Some Like It Hot; Natasha Katz, Sweeney Todd
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Jonathan Deans & Taylor Williams, Ain’t No Mo’; Carolyn Downing, Life of Pi; Joshua D. Reid, A Christmas Carol; Ben & Max Ringham, A Doll’s House; Ben & Max Ringham, Prima Facie
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kai Harada, New York, New York; Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann, Into the Woods; Gareth Owen, & Juliet; John Shivers, Shucked; Nevin Steinberg, Sweeney Todd.
Congratulations to all the nominees for being recognized for their outstanding contributions to Broadway!
The 76th Annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, and hosted by Ariana DeBose, was scheduled to air live from NYC’s United Palace Theatre on Sunday, June 11, 2023. The celebration would have begun at 7-8:00 pm, with exclusive content streaming only on Paramount+, followed by the presentation of the awards from 8-11:00 pm, live on the CBS television network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+. As a result of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, a request for a waiver that would allow the Tonys to be televised on that date as planned was denied, so the Tony Awards Management Committee, comprised of members from The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, will meet on Monday, May 15, to decide how to proceed.