October 22nd, 2020

‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15


By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on October 15, 2020.

FILE - This JuNe 9, 2019 photo shows a view of the stage prior to the start of the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York. Nominations for the American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 15. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK – The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, earned a leading 15 Tony Award nominations Thursday, as the Broadway community took the first steps to celebrate a pandemic-shortened season that upended the theatre world.

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before. During most years, there are 26 competitive categories; this year there are 25 with several depleted ones. The category for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical had just one actor – Aaron Tveit.

Broadway theatres abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows – including 16 that were still scheduled to open in the spring. The cutoff for eligibility for all shows was set at Feb. 19.

The nominations came from 10 new plays, four new musicals and four play revivals. Two high profile shows – “Freestyle Love Supreme” and “David Byrne’s American Utopia” – did not accommodate Tony voters and weren’t eligible.

The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast digitally and take place later this year, at a date still to be announced. It’s one of few bright spots for theatre fans – Broadway will be shut down until at least May 30.

“Theater will survive,” James Monroe Iglehart, the nominations host, said during Thursday’s announcement.

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits.

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