Jerry Mitchell, Cindy Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, the creative team behind "Kinky Boots" in its world premiere in Chicago in 2012. | AP
Nominations were announced Tuesday morning for the 2013 Tony Awards. And while there are few surprises on the list, there are a good number of notable Chicago connections, including the fact that "Kinky Boots," which had its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago, came away with 13 nominations.
"Matilda, The Musical," the widely acclaimed London hit based on Roald Dahl's children's novel about a precocious 5-year-old girl who overcomes family and school obstacles, and helps her teacher reclaim her life, received 12 nominations, including those for best book (Dennis Kelly), music and lyrics (Tim Minchin), director (Matthew Warchus), and best actor (Bertie Carvel who plays in drag as the demonic Miss Trunchbull). The four young girls who rotate in the title role will be honored as a group.
"Kinky Boots," which had its pre-Broadway premiere in Chicago in 2012, and marked the first time pop icon Cindy Lauper penned a Broadway, received 13 nominations, including those for best musical, best score (Lauper), best book (Harvey Fierstein), best director and choreographer (Jerry Mitchell), leading actors (Billy Porter and Stark Sands), featured actress (Annaleigh Ashford), orchestrations, sets, costumes, lights and sound.
"A Christmas Story, The Musical," another show that had a pre-Broadway run in Chicago (it is based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, and his memories of childhood) also received a nomination in the best musical category.
Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in a scene from Steppenwolf Theatre's production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" | PHOTO BY MICHAEL BROSILOW
Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts (who received the 2008 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for his play "August: Osage County"), and was universally acclaimed for his revelatory portrayal of George in the Steppenwolf revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" that played in Chicago and Washington D.C. before being remounted on Broadway, has received the expected nomination for best actor in a play. And the production itself, which arrived on Broadway just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Albee's play, was nominated for best revival of play and best director (Pam MacKinnon). Letts has high-profile competition from Tom Hanks and Nathan Lane, among others. His co-star, Amy Morton, received a nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Martha, and she also has tough competition. Carrie Coon was nominated as featured actress for her fine portrayal of Honey.
Another Steppenwolf veteran, Laurie Metcalf, was nominated for best actress in a play for her role as a scientist felled by her own mental descent in "The Other Place." So was Holland Taylor, whose self-penned one-woman show, "Ann," about Ann Richards, the frank and feisty late governor of Texas, which had a pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago in 2011, and Cicely Tyson, for her work in "The Trip to Bountiful."
NOTE: The 2013 Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient will be playwright Larry Kramer, author of"The Normal Heart," the play about the early years of AIDS that received the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and is slated for a Chicago remount by TimeLine Theatre this fall. The Isabelle Stevenson Award recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theater.
The winners of the 2013 Tony's will be announced June 9 on a live broadcast on CBS.
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