Cicely Tyson, Trip to Bountiful among 2013 Tony Award Nominees

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Cicely Tyson, Trip to Bountiful among 2013 Tony Award Nominees
Posted by Wilson Morales

April 30, 2013

Nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards came out this morning and among the nominees was the revival of Horton Foote’s classic play, The Trip to Bountiful, and its star, the legendary Cicely Tyson for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

Also nominated was her castmate Condola Rashad for Best Featured Actress in a Play. It’s her second consecutive nomination in the category following last year’s nod for ‘Stickfly.’ She will be competing with Shalita Grant, who got a nod for her role in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Courtney B. Vance received his first nod for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in The Lucky Guy as did George C. Wolfe for his direction of the play.

In the musical categories, Billy Porter received a nomination for BestActor in a Musical for his amazing performance in Kinky Boots. Valisia LeKae from Motown the Musical and Patina Miller from Pippin will be competing against each other in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical. Charl Brown, who plays the legendary Smokey Robinson in Motown the Musical, received a nod for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.


Broadwayworld.com
and Playbill.com were able to get some reactions from some of the nominees

Patina Miller, nominated for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

“My fiancé came and woke me up and told me. He said “Well, we’re going to the Tony Awards!”. And then my manager called me right after. This means everything. From the creative team to cast and crew, we all put our hearts and souls into reinventing the show and telling it our way, and it feels so great to be a part of it. It’s so amazing. I’m going to get a vocal massage today and then work out and then I’ll have a celebratory lunch with my manager- and then of course the show tonight! We are having the time of our live and the reception has been so great, and now it will continue. This is just something extra.”

Courtney B. Vance, nominated for BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY for LUCKY GUY
“I was asleep this morning and my mom called, I found out the typical way. I’ve gotten a lot of emails and calls already and it was amazing and wonderful. I’m very much ready for the rest of the journey. Being in a show is emotionally and physically tasking and nominations are wonderful- but at the end of the day I know that I did what we set out to do- bringing George C. Wolfe’s amazing vision to life. This is just the icing on the cake. Today I’ll be on the phone with my mom, everyone is still asleep right now! I’m sure we’ll be celebrating tonight at the show with the producers.”

Valisia Lekae, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (playing “Diana Ross”), Motown: I was snuggled in my bed, with my heating pad on, and I didn’t want to watch it, and we couldn’t get the computer to work, and my phone hasn’t been working properly. I knew that if anything were to happen, my agent was going to call me, so by 8:35 AM, I hadn’t heard anything. I just looked at my phone, and it had seven or eight phone calls on it, and finally my agent got through, and he told me the news. I was screaming, and I kept saying to him, “Are you sure? Are you really sure they said my name?” And then I said, “Did they pronounce it correctly?” And, he said, “They were close, but they really didn’t get it right.” I said, “That’s okay. I had never been so happy about my name being mispronounced ever in my life.” But this was the moment, so that’s how I found out. It really, really means a lot because it feels like my 10,000 hours [of work] have paid off. I didn’t go to school for performing arts, and I didn’t go to college for theatre or drama, and the years spent on Broadway have literally served for me as a conservatory — learning from the best like Audra McDonald and Alan Cumming and Ana Gasteyer. So I really feel like all those years of watching them and listening have paid off now that I get to step into my own leading-lady role! [Laughs.] It’s really kind of funny just to even say it, but I feel so honored about it. I really, really do.

Charl Brown, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (playing “Smokey Robinson“), Motown The Musical: I actually watched it live on my couch. [Laughs.] It was utter joy to say the least. I don’t think I ran, I think I flew off the couch, running around my tiny apartment, crying actually. I started doing theatre when I was a teenager. I went to a performing arts school in San Diego, and so the Tonys and Broadway have always been this big, seemingly unattainable, dream of mine. And now, to be on my third Broadway show, and my first leading role on Broadway, and to get nominated for a Tony, it means the absolute world to me. It truly does.

Billy Porter, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL for KINKY BOOTS

I’m feeling fantastic! I cannot complain… My phone starting ringing off the hook, I was asleep. I’m so thrilled for everyone involved, because it’s really hard work putting on a show and you become a family and it’s nice to have the whole family recognized. I’m so thrilled for my co-star Stark, because I wouldn’t be able to Lola without him and it’s amazing. I’m celebrating by sleeping and getting ready to go into this twirl wind of activity. I need to sleep enough so I can do 8 shows a week.”

Shalita Grant, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

“I was asleep and my publicist called me. We went to the Actors Fund gala last night and I went out afterwards. She told me that if I got a personal nomination she would call me, and if the show did that she would just email me. I got in at 3am and went to bed and got a call from her so early, and I answered the phone and she was loosing her mind! She said, “Wake up! You’re a Tony nominee!” I’m alive and feeling good and today I will be glued to my couch talking to people about how I feel. I’m gonna go to Kitchenette for lunch, which is one of my favorite places, to get fried chicken and mac and cheese. My favorite!”
The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live via CBS on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

BEST PLAY

The Assembled Parties Author: Richard Greenberg
Lucky Guy Author: Nora Ephron
The Testament of Mary Author: Colm Tóibín
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang

BEST MUSICAL

Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Kinky Boots
Matilda The Musical

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

A Christmas Story, The Musical – Joseph Robinette
Kinky Boots – Harvey Fierstein
Matilda The Musical – Dennis Kelly
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Douglas Carter Beane

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE

A Christmas Story, The Musical, Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Hands on a Hardbody, Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics: Amanda Green
Kinky Boots, Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
Matilda The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

Golden Boy
Orphans
The Trip to Bountiful
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Annie
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Pippin
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge, Orphans

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
Richard Kind, The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey, The Heiress
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Charl Brown, Motown The Musical
Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Terrence Mann, Pippin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy
George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Diane Paulus, Pippin
Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical
Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Chet Walker, Pippin

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical
Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical
Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Scott Pask, Pippin
David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac
Ann Roth, The Nance
Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Donald Holder, Golden Boy
Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary
Japhy Weideman, The Nance

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
Kenneth Posner, Pippin
Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin
Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical
John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

Bernard Gersten
Paul Libin
Ming Cho Lee

REGIONAL THEATRE AWARD

Huntington Theatre Company

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD

Larry Kramer

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE

Career Transition For Dancers
William Craver
Peter Lawrence
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Tony Nominations by Production
Kinky Boots – 13
Matilda The Musical – 12
Pippin – 10
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – 9
Golden Boy – 8
Lucky Guy – 6
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – 6
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – 5
The Nance – 5
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 5
Motown The Musical – 4
The Trip to Bountiful – 4
The Assembled Parties – 3
A Christmas Story, The Musical – 3
Hands on a Hardbody – 3
The Testament of Mary – 3
Bring It On: The Musical – 2
The Heiress – 2
Orphans – 2
Ann – 1
Annie – 1
The Big Knife – 1
Chaplin – 1
Cyrano de Bergerac – 1
The Other Place – 1
Scandalous – 1


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