Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Xanadu Is On A Roll! The Musical Nabs Four Tony Award Nominations!!

HOLLLLLLA! The nominations for the 2008 Tony Awards were announced this morning and one of my fave shows of this past Broadway season, Xanadu, was nominated for 4 Tony Awards ... Best Choreography (Dan Knechtges), Best Book of a Musical (Douglas Carter Beane), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Kerry Butler) and Best Musical!!!

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that Xanadu ended up nabbing so many noms, including the big one for Best Musical. Oh yeah, there were some other nominations announced today as well ... Macbeth nabbed 6 nominations (among them, Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Patrick Stewart and Best Performance by a Leading Actress for Kate Fleetwood). The musical In the Heights walked away with the most noms this year (13, in all the major categories) and the play August: Osage County got 6 noms:

"In the Heights," an original musical written by a university student about life in a working-class New York neighborhood, led the nominations for Broadway's top theater honors, the Tony Awards, on Tuesday. Among the 13 nominations for "In The Heights" were best musical, best original score, best performance by a featured actor in a musical for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the musical, and best direction of a musical for Thomas Kail. Miranda wrote the musical, set in Manhattan's largely Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood, while in his second year at Wesleyan University and after graduating he and Kail reworked it for a larger audience. It first played in Connecticut before moving to an off-Broadway theater and then making its Broadway debut on March 9 this year ... After an award-winning run in London's West End, "Macbeth," starring Patrick Stewart, moved across the Atlantic this year to pick up six nominations, including best revival of a play, best performance by a leading actor for Stewart, and best performance by a leading actress for Kate Fleetwood. "It's so deeply satisfying to find that the production has been recognized across the creative board," Stewart told Reuters. "Macbeth does not have too glowing a history with Tony voters" ... Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County" received seven nominations, including best play, for which it is competing against Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'n' Roll" and "The Seafarer" -- each with four nominations -- and "The 39 Steps," which ended up with six nominations ... Also nominated for best musical were "Xanadu" and "Cry-Baby," which both received a total of four nominations ... The awards will be presented June 15.

Clearly I *must* be good luck for Tony nominations ... I just recently saw both Macbeth and Xanadu (for the second time) on my last trip to NYC and now they are both reveling in Tony Award noms :) Obvs, I'll be rooting for Xanadu in the Musical categories and Macbeth in the Play categories ... but I have heard amazing things about both In the Heights and August: Osage County (which David loved). Hopefully, I'll get to see both of these shows on my next visit to NYC, clearly they are worth checking out. Much, much love and congrats goes to Kerry Butler on her Best Lead Actress nomination for Xanadu and all my love goes to the entire Xanadu company today. I really wish there was a Tony Award for Best Hawtness in Shorty Shorts because Xanadu's Cheyenne Jackson would be a shoe-in to win. Good luck, y'all ... I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for you :)

Click HERE for a full list of 2008 Tony Award nominations. [Source, Source]