Disney + Tony: The Magic Number is 17

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Such an exciting morning with the Tony Award nominations being announced today! Not so surprising, Newsies and Peter & the Starcatcher nabbed quite a few. As in 17! 17! That’s huge.

It should be known that this is the first year that Disney Theatrical has had two productions eligible for Tony nominations in the same award season. (It came close in 2006 with Tarzan, which opened in May, and Mary Poppins, which opened that November, but no cigar.)

So here’s how it all turned out: newsies the musical


Best Musical, Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Leading Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan!), Best Original Score (Alan Menken & Jack Feldman), Best Scenic Design (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Direction (Jeff Calhoun), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob).

That’s a whopping 8 nominations!

peter and the starcatcher play

Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Play, Best Original Score (Wayne Barker & Rick Elice), Featured Actor in a Play (Christian Borle!), Featured Actress in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Scenic Design (Donyale Werle), Costume Design (Paloma Young), Lighting (Jeff Croiter), Sound Design (Darron L. West), Direction of a Play (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers).

The grand total? 9 nominations!

How do these numbers compare to past years in Disney Theatrical history? Well, neither top the amount of nominations given to one show, but it’s close. The Lion King takes the cake with 11 nominations, and Peter actually ties with Beauty and the Beast for 9.

In order to top wins, either show has to win a total of 6 awards. (Surprise, surprise, The Lion King did that back in 1998.)

Most importantly, let’s get Alan Menken a Tony Award already. He’s been nominated twice for Disney Theatrical productions, and last year for his work in Sister Act. Let’s get it done!

So who decides on the winners? From TheTonyAwards.com: “Tony voters include voting members of The Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors’ Equity Association; the Dramatists Guild; SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; United Scenic Artists; and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America and members of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. There are approximately 750 voters.”

When’s the big night? Sunday, June 10 at 8pm on CBS with host Neil Patrick Harris! For more info in the meantime, check out TheTonyAwards.com.

To see what productions Newsies & Peter are up against, check out the full list of nominees.

Also, if you are in the NYC area, I urge you to support Broadway!

Unfortunately, there are still no discounts for Newsies BUT there is the lotto if you are feeling lucky. (Ticket info: Newsiesthemusical.com)

And for some reason, Peter was only at 65% capacity this past week and there are some great discounts available.

Looks like we are in for a very captivating (and hopefully, prosperous) award season! I can’t wait to geek out and print out my Tony ballot. (Yes, I do this every year.)

(Picture source: 1, 2, 3)

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