May 20, 2018

Two from the Lehigh Valley up for Tony Awards

02 May 2018, 01:05 | Erma Lawrence

Announcing the 2018 Tony Award nominations this morning

Tony Award Nominations Promise Clash Of Big Brands

A revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic The Iceman Cometh got eight nods, including best actor for double Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.

"I really haven't sat back and thought about the young version of me and how she would be freaking out right now", Louderman told the Associated Press.

Tony Awards: Best Costume Design of a Musical for "Hello, Dolly! in 2017: Best Costume Designer, in 1977 for "The Cherry Orchard", in a tie with Theoni V. Aldredge for "Annie"; and in 1990 for "Grand Hotel, The Musical"; and as Best Scenic Designer, in 1989 for "Cafe Crown". Louderman says she's from a small town where "people don't really get out and dream big".

Tina Fey's musical "Mean Girls", which she adapted from her much-beloved and oft-quoted 2004 high school comedy movie, and the goofy undersea adaptation from the cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical" lead the Tony Award nominations with a dozen nods each.

While none of the Best Play nominations were overtly gay, the nominated show Farinelli and the King, about an early 18th century Spanish monarch, does feature a castrati character. "I just really thought I would never be here".

"The Band's Visit", "Carousel" and "Angels in America" closely follow with 11 nods each.

Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants both received 12 nominations each, and Angels in America received 11.

Other notable mentions include revivals of Angels in America, Carousel, and The Band's Visit. The announcement was co-hosted by "Hamilton" alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, now starring in "Waitress".

The nominations are set for Tuesday morning, co-hosted by "Hamilton" alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, now starring in "Waitress".

The best new musical category is filled by "The Band's Visit", "Frozen", "Mean Girls" and "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical". All are derived from a film, TV or music.

Other nominations also went to three quasi-queer musicals: the My Fair Lady revival, which has a priggish male couple at its heart; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical about the legendary disco diva; and the don't-need-a-prince sisterly duo in the stage adaptation of Disney's Frozen.

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