'Billy Elliot' leads Tony nominations

Billy Elliot, The Musical received a record-tying 15 nominations for the 2009 Tony Awards Tuesday morning. It’s joined in the Best Musical category by Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek The Musical. Former American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis received a nod for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Rock of Ages, while Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush was recognized in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. ("When I heard, I plotzed," Ferrell said in a statement. "Then I double-plotzed.") The Tony Awards air June 7 on CBS. Click here for EW senior editor Thom Geier’s reaction to the nominations. The complete list of nominees:             

Best Play
Dividing the Estate, Author: Horton Foote
God of Carnage, Author: Yasmina Reza
Reasons to Be Pretty, Author: Neil LaBute
33 Variations, Author: Moisés Kaufman

Best Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical       
Next to Normal       
Rock of Ages       
Shrek The Musical

Best Book of a Musical
Billy Elliot, The Musical, Lee Hall   
Next to Normal, Brian Yorkey   
Shrek The Musical, David Lindsay-Abaire   
[title of show], Hunter Bell   

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Billy Elliot, The Musical    
Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Lee Hall   

Next to Normal   
Music: Tom Kitt
Lyrics: Brian Yorkey   

9 to 5: The Musical   
Music & Lyrics: Dolly Parton   

Shrek The Musical   
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire   

Best Revival of a Play
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone       
Mary Stuart   
The Norman Conquests       
Waiting for Godot       

Best Revival of a Musical

Guys and Dolls       
Pal Joey       
West Side Story

Best Special Theatrical Event
Liza’s at The Palace       
Slava’s Snowshow       
Soul of Shaolin       
You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage   
Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow   
James Gandolfini, God of Carnage   
Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King   
Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty   

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Hope Davis, God of Carnage   
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations   
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage    
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart   
Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart    

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish, Billy Elliot, The Musical    
Gavin Creel, Hair   
Brian d’Arcy James, Shrek The Musical   
Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages   
J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal    

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Stockard Channing, Pal Joey   
Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical   
Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical    
Alice Ripley, Next to Normal   
Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story   

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
John Glover, Waiting for Godot   
Zach Grenier, 33 Variations   
Stephen Mangan, The Norman Conquests    
Paul Ritter, The Norman Conquests   
Roger Robinson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone   

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate   
Jessica Hynes, The Norman Conquests   
Marin Ireland, Reasons to Be Pretty   
Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit    
Amanda Root, The Norman Conquests   

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
David Bologna, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Gregory Jbara, Billy Elliot, The Musical    
Marc Kudisch, 9 to 5: The Musical   
Christopher Sieber, Shrek The Musical   
Will Swenson, Hair   

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Jennifer Damiano, Next to Normal   
Haydn Gwynne, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Karen Olivo, West Side Story   
Martha Plimpton, Pal Joey   
Carole Shelley, Billy Elliot, The Musical    

Best Direction of a Play
Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart   
Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone   
Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage    
Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests   

Best Direction of a Musical
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Michael Greif, Next to Normal   
Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages   
Diane Paulus, Hair   

Best Choreography
Karole Armitage, Hair   
Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical   
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas   

Best Orchestrations
Larry Blank, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Martin Koch, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt, Next to Normal  
Danny Troob and John Clancy, Shrek The Musical   

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King   
Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests   
Derek McLane, 33 Variations   
Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone   

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls 
Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Scott Pask, Pal Joey   
Mark Wendland, Next to Normal  

Best Costume Design of a Play
Dale Ferguson, Exit the King   
Jane Greenwood, Waiting for Godot   
Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit  
Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart   

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages   
Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot, The Musical 
Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical 
Michael McDonald, Hair 

Best Lighting Design of a Play
David Hersey, Equus   
David Lander, 33 Variations   
Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone   
Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart   

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hair   
Kevin Adams, Next to Normal   
Howell Binkley, West Side Story   
Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot, The Musical 

Best Sound Design of a Play
Paul Arditti, Mary Stuart 
Gregory Clarke, Equus  
Russell Goldsmith, Exit the King   
Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone   

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Acme Sound Partners, Hair   
Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot, The Musical   
Peter Hylenski, Rock of Ages   
Brian Ronan, Next to Normal  

Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Jerry Herman      

Regional Theatre Tony Award®
Signature Theatre, Arlington, Va.      

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Phyllis Newman      

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Shirley Herz


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  • ashley

    nothing for 13? jason robert brown gets shafted again!

  • LizzBlizz

    Any word on a host for the Tonys?

  • Jenna Fawn

    I’m in SHOCK! Equus did not recieve any nominations. What gives? Daniel Radcliffe should have been nominated at least. Like I siad, SHOCKED!

  • LouBeOH

    [title of sbow] was one of the best reviewed musicals of the season and per these nominations has one of the best books, yet it does not get a nod for best musical. No disrespect to those who did get nominated, but, what a joke! I’ll take the rice krispy teats any day!

  • AmericanDevil

    I agree with LouBeOH!! [title of show] really was one of the best ORIGINAL musicals ever. The fact that this seemed to escape the nominating committee just brings my mind to a halt! How can you not reward something so fresh and original that wasn’t based on a book, film, non-musical pay or poem?!! What a crock!

  • ia

    See all you AMERICAN IDOL fans, there is a
    career after AI. Way to go Constance!!! He was a contestant on Season #4 of the show, the year I gave up watching AI because Constance was eliminated way tooooo sooooon!
    How sweet that he’s nominated for a Tony. He has a great voice! Good luck to you, Constance. If you win, you’re in good company w/Jennifer Hudson who won a Golden Globe & an Oscar for her performance in the movie version of “Dream Girls.” I love you
    both and hope your many successes have been your dreams!!!!

  • ia

    What was I thinking. I previously posted, but
    I called the talented Constantine Maroulis “Constance.” A thousand pardons, Constantine.
    A good luck at The Tony Awards. I’ll be rooting for you!

  • N2N FAN

    I’m so happy that Next to Normal got so many nominations. It deserves them all! I’m really sad that Aaron Tveit didn’t get nominated, that is very disappointing! And I’m seeing the show tonight, so I’m hoping for another marvelous performance!

  • orville

    Wow–nothing for Equus? Or Bill Irwin for Waiting for Godot?

  • Tom

    Bobby Spencer (Next to Normal) rocks!! A million congrats!

  • Vicki Boston

    I have been watching The Tony Awards,
    since June of 1980-EVITA won.
    I was a teenager.
    1988 saw my FIRST Tony Awards Party.
    And since 2003, I’ve been dressing up in costume. I was Tracy Turnblad.
    Last year-I was Mama Rose Hovic-GYPSY.
    This year? I’ll be one of my three costume choices:
    1.Mrs. Wilkingson-BILLY ELLIOT.
    2.Anita-WEST SIDE STORY.
    3.Violet-NINE TO FIVE.

  • dr. neil

    they should reward the boys from [title of show] by making THEM the hosts! i cannot believe they were overlooked for best score and best musical. *pout*

  • Andrew

    Constantine getting a nomination is shocking! Pauka Abdul must be happy for him after she broke down when he was eliminated. I wish Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty from “9 to 5″ got nominations, but they had tough competition. They would’ve guranteed themselves nomination for Best Featured Actress, but the Tomy Committee considered their roles lead ones.

  • tg

    No nods for the Equus actors??!!!!
    Wow. :(

  • littlelady16

    SHREK?!! Was it really THAT great of a musical to have so many Tony nominations? Is Broadway in a downward slump or something? Correct me if I’m wrong, but generally kid movies (i.e Tarzan, Lion King) aren’t exactly the best musicals. Visually stunning, maybe, but far from the best.

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