By: Tony Rastigue
James Corden will host the 73rd annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The performing arts enthusiasts of Miller Auditorium were excited for the award nominations to finally be announced. Our recent Broadway series announcement paired with awards season is always a positive way to celebrate that summer is just around the corner.
Hadestown and Ain’t Too Proud-The Life of the Temptations led the pack with 14 and 12 nominations respectively. In the best plays categories, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird each acquired nine nominations. Many familiar faces from films were also nominated including Annette Bening, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels and Adam Driver. Beloved comedienne Elaine May received major recognition, especially since it was her first time appearing on Broadway in 50 years. Much campaigning is anticipated for the acting categories since the performances were so strong this season and remain competitive.
A big surprise was the fact that the current Broadway season was dominated by many new plays that became profitable instead of being upstaged by big brand blockbuster musicals. The season also continued to see many musical comedies adapted from popular films like Tootsie and Beetlejuice. With over 831 Tony voters ranging from actors to producers to designers, June 7 will be their deadline to cast ballots. Many clear signs indicate that Tony voters are in a more expansive mind-set this year.
Over at Miller, predictions have been circulating and many anticipate big wins for Hadestown, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ferryman on June 9. Day-to-day operations around the auditorium remain productive and the industry itself is always full of on-going excitement. Shows are certainly eventful times to look forward to, however it is awards season that ultimately rewards productions for the endless amounts of hard work that is put into each show.
Check out Playbill’s article that list all the nominees in each category here: