British theatre stars storm the nominations for 2018 Tony awards

Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are in the running for prizes at New Yorks theatre ceremony

Four British actors will battle it out at this years Tony awards in New York, recognised for the Broadway transfers of their hit London productions. Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Mark Rylance (Farinelli and the King), Tom Hollander (Travesties) and Andrew Garfield (Angels in America) will compete against Denzel Washington (The Iceman Cometh) in the category. They are nominated for playing, respectively, a boy wizard who has grown up, a sleep-deprived King Philippe V of Spain, a minor consular official in Zurich and a gay New Yorker with Aids who journeys to heaven.

British actors, playwrights, designers and directors have all been recognised in this years nominations. Glenda Jackson is up for best actress for her acclaimed performance in Edward Albees psychodrama Three Tall Women, which marked the former Labour MPs return to Broadway after an absence of three decades. Jackson will compete against Amy Schumer (who starred in Steve Martins comedy Meteor Shower), Condola Rashad (Saint Joan) and Lauren Ridloff (Children of a Lesser God).

The National Theatres much-revered revival of Tony Kushners two-part gay fantasia Angels in America received a total of 11 nominations: Marianne Elliott is in the running for best director, Susan Brown and Denise Gough are both up for best actress in a featured role in a play, and Nathan Lane is nominated for his performance as Roy Cohn, former attorney to Donald Trump. Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce are shortlisted for their scenic design, which features three revolving sets, and Paule Constables lighting design which features a series of striking fluorescent tubes has also been nominated.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is currently running in Londons West End with a different cast while its original stars perform in the Broadway transfer, received 10 nominations. They include best play, best director (John Tiffany), best scenic design (Christine Jones), best costume design (Katrina Lindsay) and best choreography (Steven Hoggett). Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione, is nominated for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.

Set 19 years after the last Harry Potter book, with Harrys son struggling through a new term at Hogwarts, the two-part play is written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany. In her five-star review, the Guardians New York critic Alexis Soloski called it exuberantly, flabbergastingly theatrical. It has broken box-office records on Broadway and the London production, still one of the West Ends hottest tickets, became the most awarded show ever at the Olivier awards last year, taking nine prizes. Anthony Boyle, who won an Olivier for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco, is nominated for a Tony this year.

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Glenda Jackson in Edward Albees Three Tall Women. Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

The best director category includes nominations for Joe Mantello, best known as an actor, for his staging of Three Tall Women, and Patrick Marber, best known as a playwright, for his staging of Tom Stoppards exquisitely intricate comedy Travesties. George C Wolfe is also nominated for directing The Iceman Cometh, a revival of Eugene ONeills towering drama set in a New York saloon.

Lucy Kirkwood is nominated for best play for her post-apocalyptic drama The Children, starring Deborah Findlay (also nominated for her performance), which originally ran at the Royal Court in London. Also in the best play category is Claire van Kampens Farinelli and the King, which opened at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse back in 2015 and then transferred to the West End before heading to Broadway.

Two new American musicals share the tally for most Tony nominations this year: Mean Girls, based on Tina Feys 2004 teen movie, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, based on the animated TV show set underwater. Both have received 12 nominations each. The Bands Visit, a new musical about a group of Egyptian musicians who travel to a remote Israeli town, and a revival of Rodgers and Hammersteins Carousel have received 11 nominations each.

A new stage version of Disneys animated box-office smash Frozen receives three nominations including best music and lyrics for husband-and-wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Earlier this year, Robert Lopez became the first person to achieve double EGOT status , recognised for twice winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Special Tony awards will be presented this year to John Leguizamo, for his body of work and for his commitment to the theatre, bringing diverse stories and audiences to Broadway for three decades, and to Bruce Springsteen for his one-man show Springsteen on Broadway which combines music and storytelling. As previously announced, the 2018 special Tony award for lifetime achievement in the theatre will be presented to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera.

The Tony nominations were announced on 1 May by the actors Leslie Odom Jr and Katharine McPhee. The awards are handed out on 10 June in a ceremony hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The nominations in full

Best Book of a Musical

The Bands Visit -Itamar Moses

Frozen – Jennifer Lee

Mean Girls – Tina Fey

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical – Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Angels in America Music: Adrian Sutton

The Bands Visit Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Frozen Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Mean Girls Music: Jeff Richmond. Lyrics: Nell Benjamin

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White Ts, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & LilC

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Denise Gough (Harper) and Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels in America. Photograph: Helen Maybanks

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America

Tom Hollander, Travesties

Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King

Denzel Washington, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Condola Rashad, Saint Joan

Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser GodAmy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady

Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Tony Shalhoub, The Bands Visit

Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island

LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Katrina Lenk, The Bands Visit

Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls

Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Michael Cera, Lobby Hero

Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero

Nathan Lane, Angels in America

David Morse, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Noma
Noma Dumezweni in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photograph: Charlie Gray/EPA

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America

Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Deborah Findlay, The Children

Denise Gough, Angels in America

Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady

Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Grey Henson, Mean Girls

Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Ariel Stachel, The Bands Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Rene Fleming, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Ashley Park, Mean Girls

Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King

Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Santo Loquasto, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island

Scott Pask, The Bands Visit

Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls

Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

SpongeBob
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. Photograph: Joan Marcus/AP

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King

Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America

Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Ann Roth, Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Ann Roth, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls

Clint Ramos, Once On This Island

Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Paule Constable, Angels in America

Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King

Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island

Donald Holder, My Fair Lady

Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Tyler Micoleau, The Bands Visit

Mean
Mean Girls: The Musical. Photograph: Joan Marcus/AP

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America

Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Tom Gibbons, 1984

Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Bands Visit

Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island

Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Brian Ronan, Mean Girls

Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America

Joe Mantello, Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Patrick Marber, Travesties

John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

George C. Wolfe, Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island

David Cromer, The Bands Visit

Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls

Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady

Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls

Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls

Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island

Jamshied Sharifi, The Bands Visit

Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammersteins Carousel

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Ron Cook (Robin) and Deborah Findlay (Hazel) in The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at the Royal Court. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Best Play

The Children Lucy Kirkwood

Farinelli and The King Claire van Kampen

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Author: Jack Thorne
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, Harry Potter Theatrical Productions

Junk Ayad Akhtar

Latin History for Morons John Leguizamo

Best Musical

The Bands Visit

Frozen

Mean Girls

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America

Edward Albees Three Tall Women

Eugene ONeills The Iceman Cometh

Lobby Hero

Travesties

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Marissa SafontBritish theatre stars storm the nominations for 2018 Tony awards

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