Tony Award Nominations Announced—”La Cage” and “Fela!” Get 11 Each

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La Cage Aux Folles The show about a long-time gay couple dealing with love and family led in nominations in 1984 and ultimately won for best musical, It was again nominated in 2005 for best musical revival…and won. This year, the show is once again nominated for a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Revival . If it wins Best Revival, it will make history.

From the NYT:

“La Cage” has come a long way from 1984, when some critics and members of the theater elite held the show in modest regard (if that), viewing it as a campy spectacle about drag queens and gay self-hatred. But audiences took to the musical enthusiastically, and it became one of the most accessible gay love stories on stage, running for 1,761 performances and becoming more commercially popular than other major gay-themed Broadway productions like “Torch Song Trilogy” or “Angels in America.” It also beat out Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” in 1984 for best musical, to the shock of some musical theater purists.

La Cage ties Bill T. Jones‘ baby, Fela!. in nominations.

Here’s are the nominations:

The Best Play: In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Next Fall, Red, and Time Stands Still

Best Revival of a Play: Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, The Royal Family, and A View from the Bridge.

Best Musical: American Idiot, Fela!, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet.

Best Revival: Finian’s Rainbow, La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, and Ragtime.

Full list of nominations after the jump…

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: “Everyday Rapture,” “Fela!” “Memphis,” “Million Dollar Quartet.”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER: “The Addams Family,” “Enron,” “Fences,” “Memphis.”

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: “Fences,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “The Royal Family,” “A View From the Bridge,”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Jude Law, “Hamlet”; Alfred Molina, “Red”; Liev Schreiber, “A View From the Bridge”; Christopher Walken, “A Behanding in Spokane”; Denzel Washington, “Fences.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, “Fences”; Valerie Harper, “Looped”; Linda Lavin, “Collected Stories”; Laura Linney, “Time Stands Still”; Jan Maxwell, “The Royal Family.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kelsey Grammer, “La Cage aux Folles”; Sean Hayes, “Promises, Promises”; Douglas Hodge, “La Cage aux Folles”; Chad Kimball, “Memphis”; Sahr Ngujah, “Fela!”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Kate Baldwin, “Finian’s Rainbow”; Montego Glover, “Memphis”; Christiane Noll, “Ragtime”; Sherie Rene Scott, “Everyday Rapture”; Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: David Alan Grier, “Race”; Stephen McKinley Henderson, “Fences”; Jon Michael Hill, “Superior Donuts”; Stephen Kunken, “Enron”; Eddie Redmayne, “Red.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Maria Dizzia, “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)”; Rosemary Harris, “The Royal Family”; Jessica Hecht, “A View From the Bridge”; Scarlett Johansson, “A View From the Bridge,” Jan Maxwell, “Lend Me a Tenor.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kevin Chamberlin, “The Addams Family”; Robin De Jesus, “La Cage aux Folles”; Christopher Fitzgerald, “Finian’s Rainbow”; Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet,” Bobby Steggert, “Ragtime.”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Barbara Cook, “Sondheim on Sondheim”; Katie Finneran, “Promises, Promises”; Angela Lansbury, “A Little Night Music”; Karine Plantadit, “Come Fly Away”; Lillias White, “Fela!”

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: John Lee Beatty, “The Royal Family”; Alexander Dodge, “Present Laughter”; Santo Loquasto, “Fences”; Christopher Oram, “Red.”

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, “Fela!”; Christine Jones, “American Idiot”; Derek McLane, “Ragtime”; Tim Shortall, “La Cage aux Folles.”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Martin Pakledinaz, “Lend Me a Tenor”; Constanza Romero, “Fences”; David Zinn, “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)”; Catherine Zuber, “The Royal Family.”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, “Fela!”; Santo Loquasto, “Ragtime”; Paul Tazewell, “Memphis”; Matthew Wright, “La Cage aux Folles.”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, “Hamlet”; Neil Austin, “Red”; Mark Henderson, “Enron”; Brian MacDevitt, “Fences.”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, “American Idiot”; Donald Holder, “Ragtime”; Nick Richings, “La Cage aux Folles”; Robert Wierzel, “Fela!”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Acme Sound Partners, “Fences”; Adam Cork, “Enron”; Adam Cork, “Red”; Scott Lehrer, “A View From the Bridge.”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Jonathan Deans, “La Cage aux Folles”; Robert Kaplowitz, “Fela!”; Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, “A Little Night Music”; Dan Moses Schreier, “Sondheim on Sondheim.”

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, “Red”; Sheryl Kaller, “Next Fall”; Kenny Leon, “Fences”; Gregory Mosher, “A View From the Bridge.”

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Christopher Ashley, “Memphis”; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, “Ragtime”; Terry Johnson, “La Cage aux Folles”; Bill T. Jones, “Fela!”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Rob Ashford, “Promises, Promises”; Bill T. Jones, “Fela!”; Lynne Page, “La Cage aux Folles”; Twyla Tharp, “Come Fly Away.”

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Jason Carr, “La Cage aux Folles”; Aaron Johnson, “Fela!” Jonathan Tunick, “Promises, Promises”; Daryl Waters and David Bryan, “Memphis.”

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