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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

 
THE 2008 TONY AWARDS
at Radio City Music Hall

TONY NOMS HIT THE HEIGHTS
By DAVID LEFKOWITZ
Published May 14 2008

  In the Heights

In the Heights just got a lot higher. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes' sweetly energetic musical proved the darling of the 2007-08 Tony Award nominators, scoring 13 nods when the choices were announced May 13 at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

 

What a difference seven years makes. In 2001, Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's The Producers was the toast of Broadway and the 400-pound gorilla of the Tony Awards. The show scooped up a record 15 nominations and won 12 of them, trampling everything - including The Full Monty and A Class Act - in its path.

Brooks and Meehan came back in 2008 with Young Frankenstein and a production even bigger, though judging by the critics, not quite better, than their previous outing. For all the hype and hopes, Young Frankenstein garnered only three Tony nominations, and none of them for best musical, book or score. Instead, this year's Tonys are something of a Cinderella story. In the Heights, the Latin-inflected musical that wowed `em off Broadway and mustered enough support for a Broadway move, is now the clear Tony favorite. The show earned nominations for musical, book, score, actor, featured actor and actress, director, choreographer, and all the design categories.

 

If it's any consolation to the Frankenstein lab, A Catered Affair didn't get a best musical nod among its three nominations, while Disney's The Little Mermaid swam its way into only two categories.

 

Strongly recognized, though, were South Pacific with 11 nominations and Sunday in the Park with George with 9. On the play side, August: Osage County took 7 nods to Boeing-Boeing's 6.

 

The 62nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by actress Whoopi Goldberg, will be held June 15 at Radio City Music Hall and, as usual, broadcast on CBS-TV, 8-11pm(ET).

 

Although television ratings have been in decline for the awards show, the 2006 Tonys won an Emmy for &ampampampquotOutstanding Special Class Program Creative Arts Primetime," and Glenn Weiss has been brought back to direct for the ninth consecutive season. What is new for the 2007-08 Tonys are two new categories: Best Sound Design for Play and Musical. A special Lifetime Achievement prize will be given to Stephen Sondheim, with the late Robert Russell Bennett being recognized for his contribution to Broadway orchestration.

 

The 2007-08 Tony Award nominations are below:

 

Best Play:
August: Osage County
Rock 'n' Roll
The Seafarer
The 39 Steps

Best Musical:
Cry-Baby
In the Heights
Passing Strange
Xanadu

Best Book of a Musical
Cry-Baby, Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
In the Heights, Quiara Alegria Hudes
Passing Strange, Stew
Xanadu, Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score
Cry-Baby, Music & Lyrics: David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
In The Heights, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Little Mermaid, Music: Alan Menken and Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Passing Strange, Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald Lyrics: Stew

Best Revival of a Play
Boeing-Boeing
The Homecoming
Les Liaisons Dangereueses
Macbeth

Best Revival of a Musical

 


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