'Jagged Little Pill' musical leads Tony nominations as Broadway remains dark

  • 'Jagged Little Pill' musical leads Tony nominations as Broadway remains dark

'Jagged Little Pill' musical leads Tony nominations as Broadway remains dark

The Alanis Morrissette musical Jagged Little Pill leads all nominations with 15, closely followed by Moulin Rouge!

"I hope this can be a positive lift amidst an industry shut down with an ever-changing timeline", Tveit said in a statement Thursday, "as well as a reminder of power of live theater, and what it can do for us as individuals". "It's obviously not the year any of us imagined".

The other best musical nominee with 12 nods is Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, that tells the story of the rock icon's life.

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before. The cutoff for eligibility for all shows was set at February 19. During most years, there are 26 competitive categories; this year there are 25 with several depleted ones.

The competition isn't exactly steep for the 2020 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Only four musicals & four play revivals were eligible for the Tonys, leading to the categories only featuring three nominees each. The category of Best Musical Revival has been eliminated altogether for this year since there were no musical revivals to be considered for this award season.

Actor Aaron Tveit attends the Build Series to discuss "Moulin Rouge!". She is joined by Elizabeth Stanley for playing a woman battling addiction in Jagged Little Pill and Karen Olivo for bringing down the house with Katy Perry's Firework in Moulin Rouge! "The Musical" at Build Studio on October 11, 2019 in New York City. None of the musicals were nominated for best original score since they were all jukebox musicals.

There are five best play nominees which include "Slave Play", the most nominated play in Tony history with 12. Six-time Tony victor Audra McDonald wasn't denied a spot because her revival of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" closed early. Nominations on Thursday went to Jake Gyllenhaal ("Sea Wall/A Life"), Tom Hiddleston ("Betrayal"), and Laura Linney ("My Name is Lucy Barton"). The actor, who made his Broadway debut in "Hairspray" and also performed in "Wicked", originated standout roles in "Next to Normal" and "Catch Me If You Can" that were arguably deserving of awards recognition.

The nominations came from 10 new plays, four new musicals and four play revivals. Two high profile shows-Freestyle Love Supreme and David Byrne's American Utopia-did not accommodate Tony voters and weren't eligible.

A date for the awards has not yet been confirmed, but insiders expect the ceremony to take place in December. The nominations, announced Thursday, revealed that Aaron Tveit is the only actor nominated in the category, but he hasn't won by default yet.

Many Broadway fans were surprised and excited by the news.