Broadway has been shuttered since mid-March and the annual Tony Award ceremonies in June have been postponed until November.

When Broadway closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were over a dozen productions that were unable to open.  Currently, Broadway is not scheduled to reopen until next summer.

On October 15, the Broadway Theatre League presented the annual Tony Award nominations for the shortened season.  The Alanis Morissette musical “Jagged Little Pill” – named after her 1995 album – tops the list of nominees with 15.

Adapted from the hit movie, “Moulin Rouge” has earned 14 nominations.  “Slave Play”, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”, The Inheritance”, “A Soldier’s Play”, “The Sound Inside”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Betrayal”, and “Sea Wal/A Life” also garnered multiple nominations.


Normally there are nearly three dozen productions eligible for award nominations, but with the shortened season only 18 plays and musical were deemed eligible – 10 new plays, four revival plays, and four musicals; as a result, the list of nominees is also much shorter with only three Best Musical and five Best Play nominees.  Many of the categories have fewer nominees.  The category for Best Musical was eliminated this year due to no eligible musicals.  The Best Score category has five Play nominees with no musicals eligible.

The 74th annual Tony Award ceremonies will be held as a digital event later this year.

The 2020 Tony Award nominees are:
Best Paly:
“Grand Horizons”
“The Inheritance”
“Sea Wall/A Life”
“Slave Play”
“The Sound Inside”

Best Revival of a Play:
“Betrayal”
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
“A Soldier’s Play”

Best Musical:
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Joaquina Kalukango in “Slave Play”
Laura Linney in “My Name is Lucy Barton”
Audra McDonald in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
Mary-Louise Parker in “The Sound Inside”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Ian Barford in “Linda Vista”
Andrew Burnap in “The Inheritance”
Jake Gyllenhaal in “Sea Wall/A Life”
Tom Hiddleston in “Betrayal”
Tom Sturridge” in “Sea Wall/A Life”
Blair Underwood in “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Karen Olivo in “Moulin Rouge!”
Elizabeth Stanley in “Jagged Little Pill”
Adrienne Warren in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Aaron Tveit in “Moulin Rouge”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
Ato Blankson-Wood in “Slave Play”
James Cusati-Moyer in “Slave Play”
David Alan Grier in “A Soldier’s Play”
John Benjamin Hickey in “The Inheritance”
Paul Hilton in “The Inheritance”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Jane Alexander in “Grand Horizons”
Chalia La Tour in “Slave Play”
Annie McNamara in “Slave Play”
Lois Smith in “The Inheritance”
Cora Vander Broek in “Linda Vista”

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Danny Burstein in “Moulin Rouge!”
Derek Klena in “Jagged Little Pill”
Sean Allan Krill in “Jagged Little Pill”
Sahr Ngaujah in “Moulin Rouge!”
Daniel J. Watts in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Kathryn Gallagher in “Jagged Little Pill”
Celia Rose Gooding in “Jagged Little Pill”
Robyn Hurder in “Moulin Rouge!”
Lauren Patten in “Jagged Little Pill”
Myra Lucretia Taylor in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Book of a Musical:
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge!”
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Original Score written for the Theatre:
“A Christmas Carol”
“The Inheritance”
“The Rose Tattoo”
“Slave Play”
“The Sound Inside”

Best Direction of a Play:
David Cromer for “The Sound Inside”
Stephen Daldry for “The Inheritance”
Kenny Leon for “A Soldier’s Play”
Jamie Lloyd for “Betrayal”
Robert O’Hara for “Slave Play”

Best Direction of a Musical:
Phyllida Lloyd for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Diane Paulus for “Jagged Little Pill”
Alex Timbers for “Moulin Rouge!”

Best Choreography:
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for “Jagged Little Pill”
Sonya Tayeh for “Moulin Rouge”
Anthony van Laast for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Orchestrations:
Tom Kitt for “Jagged Little Pill”
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine, and Jusitn Levine for “Moulin Rouge!”
Ethan Popp for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Bob Crowley for “The Inheritance”
Soutra Gilmour for “Betrayal”
Rob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”
Derek McLane for “A Soldier’s Play”
Clint Ramos for “Slave Play”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Riccardo Hernandez and Lucy Mackinnon for “Jagged Little Pill”
Derek McLane for “Moulin Rouge!”
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Dede Ayite for “Slave Play”
Dede Ayite for “A Soldier’s Play”
Bob Crowley for “The Inheritance”
Rob Howell for “A Christmas Carol”
Clint Ramos for “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Emily Rebholz for “Jagged Little Pill”
Mark Thompson for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”
Catherine Zuber for “Moulin Rouge!”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Jiyoun Chang for “Slave Play”
Jon Clark for “The Inheritance”
Heather Gilbert for “The Sound Inside”
Allen Lee Hughes for “A Soldier’s Play”
Hugh Vanstone for “A Christmas Carol”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Justin Townsend for “Jagged Little Pill”
Justin Townsend for “Moulin Rouge!”
Bruno Poet for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid for “The Inheritance”
Simon Baker for “A Christmas Carol”
Lindsay Jones for “Slave Play”
Daniel Kluger for “Sea Wall/ A Life”
Daniel Kluger for “The Sound Inside”

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans for “Jagged Little Pill”
Peter Hylenski for “Moulin Rouge!”
Nevin Steinberg for “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”