'Spongebob Squarepants,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Angels in America' Lead Tony Award Nominations

by Dwayne Torres May 2, 2018, 1:03
'Spongebob Squarepants,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Angels in America' Lead Tony Award Nominations

Bruce Springsteen has an Oscar and 20 Grammys, and now he's going to add a Tony Award to his collection. "Transcending language, she taught what it truly means to communicate". Other contenders up for that nomination are Lobby Hero, Three Tall Women, The Iceman Cometh, and Travesties.

Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, who wrote the "Mean Girls" music, both admitted they awaited the announcement with bated breath. Since they are new to Broadway, Richmond says, "it was hard to tell which way everything could swing".

Best musical nominees are "The Band's Visit", "Frozen", "Mean Girls", and "SpongeBob SquarePants". The shimmering, grown-up musical "The Band's Visit" also earned 11 nods.

"Best play nominees are "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", "The Children", "'Farinelli and the King", "Junk" and "Latin History for Morons". The lush "My Fair Lady" scooped up 10 nominations, including ones for best musical revival, lead actress (Lauren Ambrose), lead actor (Harry Hadden-Paton), and featured actor and actress (Norbert Leo Butz and Diana Rigg).

Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants saw overlap in several categories, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor, Best Scene Design, Best Costume Design, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestration, and Best Sound Design.

One of those alums is Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School and UM graduate Ashley Park, who earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role on Tuesday, May 1, for her role as Gretchen Weiner. Louderman says she's from a small town where "people don't really get out and dream big".

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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.

She said it's still exciting, and "always feels different because every show means something different".

The more than five-hour, two-part saga earned raves on Broadway after winning record Olivier awards in London past year. He played Scorpius Malfoy in London and now on Broadway. He said he's having a ball with Broadway audiences, which are "so vocal, it's like having an extra cast member onstage". "You hear audible gasps, and sobs".

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands - Disney's "Frozen", J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants".

The 72nd Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 10, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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