The Tony’s Get Kinky

Exciting news! The nominations for this year’s Tony Awards have been announced and we’re delighted to report that Broadway’s Kinky Boots has nailed 13. This is the most of ANY show this year, and includes nods for Best Musical and Best Original Score. That’s not all. The show is also up for Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations and Best Actor with Billy Porter. It’s pretty awesome.

Kinky Boots is long-time LGBT supporter Cyndi Lauper’s first-ever musical. She teamed with actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein to adapt the 2005 British comedy.  For those of you who don’t know, the story tells of a drag queen who comes to the aid of a failing show factory.

Charlie Price (Stark Sands) has suddenly found that he’s in posession of his father’s shoe factory, which unfortunately is on the edge of bankruptcy. Sad news. Our Charlie doesn’t let this get to him. Instead he tries to make his father proud and save the family business by joining forces with Lola (Billy Porter). Lola is one fesity feline who is in desperate need of some hardy heels, and she turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie out of his connundrum. Along the way, she moulds him into the man he’s supposed to be. They work together to turn the factory around, and discover that the unlikely duo actually have quite a bit in common…like singing. Lesson learned, people. Never judge a shoe by its box,

In its first full week of performances it took in $1,026,793. Welcome to the millionires’ club, boys!

In other LGBT performance news, the latest production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has nabbed five nominations.

Out actor Nathan Lane will battle it out for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in comedy The Nance opposite fellow gay actor David Hyde Piece for out playwright Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Bring it On, another adaptation of a popular comedy, and which features a queer character named La Cienega, is also up for Best Musical.

The 67th annual Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS June 9.  The full list of nominations can be accessed here.

For more information about the musical visit the website here. You can also follow along with the awards with the hashtag #TonyAwards.

The nominations for Kinky Boots:

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

Harvey Fierstein

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Music & Lyrics:

Cyndi Lauper

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stark Sands

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Billy Porter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford

Best Direction of a Musical

Jerry Mitchell

Best Choreography

Jerry Mitchell

Best Orchestrations

Stephen Oremus

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

David Rockwell

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kenneth Posner

Best Sound Design of a Musical

John Shivers

The current Broadway cast

Stark Sands

Billy Porter

Annaleigh Ashford

Celina Carvajal

Daniel Sherman

Marcus Neville

Paul Canaan

Kevin Smith Kirkwood

Kyle Taylor Parker

Kyle Post

Charlie Sutton

Joey Taranto

Andy Kelso

Tory Ross

Jennifer Perry

Sebastian Hedges Thomas

Marquise Neal

Adinah Alexander

Eric Anderson

Eugene Barry-Hill

Stephen Berger

Caroline Bowman

Cole Bullock

Stephen Carrasco

Sandra DeNise

Jonah Halperin

Eric Leviton

Ellyn Marie Marsh

John Jeffrey Martin

Nathan Peck

Robert Pendilla

Lucia Spina

Timothy Ware

Some of the BIG awards

Best Play

The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg
Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toíbín
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Best musical

Bring It On: the Musical

A Christmas Story: the Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda: the Musical

Best revival

Golden Boy

Orphans

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best revival of a musical

Annie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Pippin Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best book of a musical

A Christmas Story: the Musical by Joseph Robinette

Kinky Boots by Harvey Fierstein

Matilda; the Musical by Dennis Kelly

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella by Douglas Carter Beane

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theatre

A Christmas Story: the Musical (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

Hands on a Hardbody (Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green)

Kinky Boots (Cyndi Lauper)

Matilda: the Musical (Tim Minchin)

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy

Nathan Lane, The Nance

Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Holland Taylor, Ann

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

Bertie Carvel, Matilda: The Musical

Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rob McClure, Chaplin

Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

Stephanie J Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Carolee Carmello, Scandalous

Valisia LeKae, Motown: the Musical

Patina Miller, Pippin

Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

 

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