"Moulin Rouge!" was one of only 18 new Broadway shows that started before the Great White Way shut down (34 were eligible for Tonys in 2019). Here is a look at the 2020 Tony Awards.
Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill has received 15 Tony nominations, ahead of an awards ceremony that will honour a season cut short by Covid-19.
Jagged Little Pill, which was inspired by Morissette's 1995 album, is one of only three shows up for best musical.
Best Book of a Musical: Jagged Little Pill Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the Baz Luhrmann film starring Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor. And there are five best play nominees: "Grand Horizons", "The Inheritance", "Sea Wall/A Life", "Slave Play" and "The Sound Inside".
The duo are both nominated for Sea Wall/A Life, a double bill of monologues at New York's Public Theater.
Some Hollywood actors got to celebrate Thursday, with Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Sturridge all getting nominations.
However, although it means Tveit will nearly certainly win the award by default for his work in Moulin Rouge! Some of the notable snubs that many believe deserve recognition include Charlie Cox & Zawe Ashton for Betrayal, Michael Shannon for Frankie and Johnny, Marisa Tomei for The Rose Tattoo, and James Cromwell for Grand Horizons. It was a slap in the face for the sole original musical theatre score that managed to open, "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical".
Therefore, only the actors of four musicals qualified for such nominations. Jukebox musicals use popular songs for the soundtrack.
The pandemic had a strong impact on Broadway and limited the number of eligible musicals & plays. The Broadway closure was extended last week to June 2021.
The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast digitally and take place later this year, at a date still to be announced. It's the latest in a series of shutdown extensions as performance venues & movie theaters in the USA continue to struggle amid coronavirus concerns.
The last night of Broadway theater was March 11th; however, the Tony Awards committee elected that the shortened 2019-2020 season ran from April 26, 2019 to February 19, 2020.
The musical, which opened in NY in July 2019, has 14 nominations in all.
Moulin Rouge's Aaron Tveit, meanwhile, is the only nominee in the best leading actor in a musical category. Two high profile shows-Freestyle Love Supreme and David Byrne's American Utopia-did not accommodate Tony voters and weren't eligible.
In another sign of a odd season, the best score category-an honour for the music and lyrics that is usually dominated by musicals-is filled this year with five plays.