Wesleyan alumni are in the running for the Tony awards this year. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, co-produced by Jeffrey Richards ’69, has been nominated for five awards, including Best Play Revival. Richards is a Broadway veteran, with his productions including “The Best Man,” “August: Osage County” and “Spring Awakening.”
“Bring It On”, whose score was co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, has been nominated for Best Musical. Miranda, lyricist and composer for the Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer finalist “In the Heights” teamed up with Tom Kitt of “Next to Normal” fame and Amanda Green to produce the score for “Bring It On.”
As for the plays receiving Tony nominations, the stand-outs were the acclaimed revivals of “Golden Boy” (with 8 nominations) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (5), and the new plays “Lucky Guy” and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” – with 6 nominations apiece.
There is no clear front-runner for either best play or best play revival, but there are some clear surprises: Douglas Carter Beane’s play “The Nance” was passed over, and several Hollywood stars failed to earn Tony love: Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons, and Jessica Chastain among them.
The Tony Awards ceremony is June 9 on CBS.
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