Disney’s limited Broadway run of its new musical ‘Newsies’ (based on the film) racked up an impressive eight Tony Award nominations including ‘Best Musical.’ The announcement was made earlier today by Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons during the annual nominations ceremony.
For the coveted title of ‘Best Musical,’ ‘Newsies’ will be competing against ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ ‘Once’ and ‘Leap of Faith,’ with the latter two also having been based on films. ‘Leap’ and ‘Newsies’ also share the music composition talents of Alan Menken.
Other categories for which ‘Newsies’ received a Tony nod are: Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Jack Feldman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel).
Although not a Disney Theatrical production, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ was developed by the company and based on the popular series of Peter Pan prequels by authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, also published by Disney. The play bested ‘Newsies’ by just one nomination including ‘Best Play,’ where it competes with ‘Clybourne Park,’ ‘Other Desert Cities’ and ‘Venus in Fur.’ Other nominations for the play include: Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) (Wayne Barker and Rick Elice), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Christian Borle), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Celia Keenan-Bolger), Best Direction of a Play (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Donyale Werle), Best Costume Design of a Play (Paloma Young), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Jeff Croiter), Best Sound Design of a Play
(Darron L. West).
The Tony Awards will air live June 10 at 8 pm ET on the CBS Network.
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