The Tony Awards nominations for 2019 have been announced. “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” received 12 nominations. “The Prom,” which staged its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in 2016, picked up seven nominations including best musical. "Hadestown" led the nominations, with 14. "To Kill a Mockingbird" received numerous nominations, including one for Jeff Daniels as actor in a leading role.

Tony Awards 2019: ‘The Prom,’ an Alliance Theatre debut, earns 7 nods; ‘Choir Boy’ picks up 4

Life story of The Temptations and ‘Hadestown’ score most nominations

While “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” commandeered the Tony Awards nominations with 14 and 12, respectively, a musical birthed at the Alliance Theatre also made an impressive showing.

“The Prom,” which staged its world premiere at the Atlanta theater in 2016, picked up seven nominations including best musical, as well as acting nods for Brooks Ashmanskas (best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical), Caitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel (best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical).

The show, about an Indiana teen who wants to bring her girlfriend to her school’s dance and is aided by a crew of former Broadway stars, opened in New York in November. Earlier this month, producer Ryan Murphy announced he would adapt the musical for a Netflix movie. 

Caitlin Kinnunen plays Emma in the Alliance Theatre’s world premiere production “The Prom.” (GREG MOONEY)

Another Atlanta debut, “Choir Boy,” which had its American co-premiere at the Alliance in 2013, earned four nominations for best play, best performance by an actor in a leading role (Jeremy Pope), best sound design (Fitz Patton), and best choreography (Camille A. Brown).

All nominees in the best performer categories for both shows starred in these roles in the Alliance’s productions. 

As for the jukebox musical spotlighting the history of The Temptations, a frontrunner for best musical, the show received decent reviews in its pre-Broadway form and is playing to mostly sold-out crowds at the Imperial Theatre.

The other marquee music name on Broadway, Cher, was lightly praised for the fun and frothy musical about her life. “The Cher Show” was snubbed in the best musical field, but earned a trio of nods for actress Stephanie J. Block, who plays the mature-aged Cher, as well as costume design (Bob Mackie, naturally) and lighting. 

The 73rd annual Tony Awards will air live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. James Corden will host.

Here is a list of the nominees: 

Best Musical
“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations”
“Beetlejuice”
“Hadestown”
“The Prom”
“Tootsie”

Best Play
“Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney
“The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth
“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Taylor Mac
“Ink” by James Graham
“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical
“Kiss Me, Kate”
‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”
“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley
“Burn This”
“Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein
“The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”
Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”
Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!”
Santino Fontana, “Tootsie”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show”
Caitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom”
Beth Leavel, “The Prom”
Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown”
Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman”
Bryan Cranston, “Network”
Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Adam Driver, “Burn This”
Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Annette Bening, “Arthur Miller's All My Sons”
Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman”
Elaine May, T”he Waverly Gallery”
Janet McTeer,” Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton”
Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Book of a Musical
“Ain’t Too Proud,” Dominique Morisseau
“Beetlejuice,” Scott Brown and Anthony King
“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell
“The Prom,” Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
“Tootsie,” Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
“Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis
“Beetlejuice,” Eddie Perfect
“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell
“The Prom,’ Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Adam Guettel
“Tootsie,” David Yazbek

Best Direction of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown”
Scott Ellis, “Tootsie”
Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!”
Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”

Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, “Ink”
Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman”
Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Ivo van Hove, “Network”
George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andre De Shields, “Hadestown”
Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie”
Patrick Page, “Hadestown”
Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie”
Amber Gray, “Hadestown”
Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie”
Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!”
Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Bertie Carvel, “Ink”
Robin De Jesús, “The Boys in the Band”
Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This”
Benjamin Walker, “Arthur Miller's All My Sons”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Fionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird’
Kristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’
Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ruth Wilson, “King Lear”

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”
Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate”
Denis Jones, “Tootsie”
David Neumann, “Hadestown”
Sergio Trujillo, “Ain't Too Proud”

Best Orchestrations
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown”
Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate”
Daniel Kluger, ‘Oklahoma!”
Simon Hale, “Tootsie”
Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Peter England, “King Kong”
Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown”
Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”
David Korins, “Beetlejuice”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Bunny Christie, “Ink”
Rob Howell, ‘The Ferryman”
Santo Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Jan Versweyveld, “Network”

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Michael Krass, “Hadestown”
William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”
William Ivey Long, “Tootsie”
Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show”
Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”
Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Clint Ramos, “Torch Song”
Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”
Peter Hylenski, “King Kong”
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!”
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown”

Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, “Ink”
Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy”
Nick Powell, “The Ferryman”
Eric Sleichim, “Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, “The Cher Show”
Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Bradley King, “Hadestown”
Peter Mumford, ‘King Kong”
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, “Ink”
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman”
Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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