Tuesday, May 4, 2010

La Cage, Sean Hayes get Tony Nominations

Robin De Jesus of La Cage: "The last time I was nominated, I ended up in therapy."

The 64th Annual Tony Award nominations gave a huge boost to the Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles with 11 nominations. The new Bill T. Jones musical Fela! tied La Cage with 11 nominations of its own. La Cage is in the running as Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Robin de Jesus, and Best Lead Actor in a Musical for both Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer.

There were other gay favorites getting the honor. Elton John's Next Fall (he and David Furnish are producers) received several nominations including one for Best Play. Next Fall's director, Sheryl Kaller got a Best Director nod.

Meantime a battle of the Broadway divas is shaping up as both the legendary Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim) and Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music) are in the running for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

From soap operas to the stage: Levi Kreis.

Gay performers being recognized include Levi Kreis frm Milion Dollar Quartet for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Sean Hayes for Best actor in a Musical, for Promises, Promises.

Sean Hayes already has a mantel full of awards.

The full slate of nominees and a more detailed story is now posted on my Berkshire On Stage website.

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