LEADS PACK WITH 14 TONY NOMINATIONS
Following successful nominations for both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Monty Python's Spamalot has done it again this morning, receiving 14 nominations for this year's Tony Awards.
The 2004-2005 Tony Award nominations were announced May 10 by some of Broadway's celebrities (such as Alan Cumming and Lynn Redgrave) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Most notably, Spamalot received the nomination for Best Musical and will compete against three other very acclaimed musicals, including the film-to-musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Light in the Piazza. The four musicals were chosen out of a field of eleven eligible new shows this year.
Monty Python's very own Eric Idle received two nominations, one for Best Book of a Musical and another for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre (which Eric shares with John Du Prez).
Five of the cast members received nominations: Leading Actors Hank Azaria (Lancelot) and Tim Curry (Arthur), Featured Actors Michael McGrath (Patsy) and Christopher Sieber (Galahad), and Featured Actress Sara Ramirez (Lady of the Lake).
The production team behind Spamalot also received nominations, including recognitions for Best Direction (Mike Nichols), Best Choreography (Casey Nicholaw), Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman), Best Scenic Design (Tim Hatley), Best Costume Design (Tim Hatley), and Lighting Design (Hugh Vanstone).
The 59th annual Tony Awards will be handed out in a live ceremony on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The ceremony, tickets for which sold out in a half hour, will be hosted by actor Hugh Jackman again this year and will be telecast on CBS.
Below are the categories in which Spamalot received nominations:
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Book of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical