The cast of "Jagged Little Pill." Credit: Jagged Little Pills/Facebook.

‘Jagged Little Pill’ Leads with 15 Tony Nominations

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Earlier today, James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony for his performance as the Genie in Broadway’s “Aladdin” in 2014, announced the nominees for the 74th annual Tony Awards on YouTube. “Jagged Little Pill,” the rock opera based on the 1995 Alanis Morrisette album of the same name, leads the pack with 15 nominations, followed by “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” with 14. “Slave Play” and “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” both scored 12 nominations each.

Potential nominees included any production that opened at any of the 41 eligible Broadway theaters during the 2019-2020 season. This year was, of course, a little different, as the truncated season began on April 26, 2019, but ended early on Feb. 19, 2020, due to the pandemic. As such, some shows never opened, and thus some categories, like best musical revival, were eliminated.

A committee of 41 theater professionals selected the nominees, and 784 Tony voters will choose the winners later this year, though the exact date has yet to be announced. Currently, all Broadway shows have been canceled through May 30, 2021.

Here are the nominees:

Best Play
“Grand Horizons”
“The Inheritance”
“Sea Wall/A Life”
“Slave Play”
“The Sound Inside”

Best Musical
“Jagged Little Pill”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
“Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Revival of a Play
“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
“A Soldier’s Play”

Best Book of a Musical
“Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” John Logan
“Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins

Best Original Score
“A Christmas Carol,” Music: Christopher Nightingale
“The Inheritance,” Music: Paul Englishby
“The Rose Tattoo,” Music: Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb
“Slave Play,” Music: Lindsay Jones  
“The Sound Inside,” Music: Daniel Kluger

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Ian Barford, “Linda Vista”
Andrew Burnap, “The Inheritance”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Sea Wall/A Life”
Tom Hiddleston, “Betrayal”
Tom Sturridge, “Sea Wall/A Life”
Blair Underwood, “A Soldier’s Play”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Joaquina Kalukango, “Slave Play”
Laura Linney, “My Name is Lucy Barton”
Audra McDonald, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”
Mary-Louise Parker, “The Sound Inside”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Aaron Tveit, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

(Per Tony rules, if the nominating committee determines that there is only one nominee in a category, voters may, by an affirmative vote of 60%, grant an award in that category.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Karen Olivo, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Elizabeth Stanley, “Jagged Little Pill”
Adrienne Warren, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Ato Blankson-Wood, “Slave Play”
James Cusati-Moyer, “Slave Play”
David Alan Grier, “A Soldier’s Play”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Inheritance”
Paul Hilton, “The Inheritance”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Jane Alexander, “Grand Horizons”
Chalia La Tour, “Slave Play”
Annie McNamara, “Slave Play”
Lois Smith, “The Inheritance”
Cora Vander Broek, “Linda Vista”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Derek Klena, “Jagged Little Pill”
Sean Allan Krill, “Jagged Little Pill”
Sahr Ngaujah, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Daniel J. Watts, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Kathryn Gallagher, “Jagged Little Pill”
Celia Rose Gooding, “Jagged Little Pill”
Robyn Hurder, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Lauren Patten, “Jagged Little Pill”
Myra Lucretia Taylor, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, “The Inheritance”
Soutra Gilmour, “Betrayal”
Rob Howell, “A Christmas Carol”
Derek McLane, “A Soldier’s Play”
Clint Ramos, “Slave Play”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon, “Jagged Little Pill”
Derek McLane, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Costume Design of a Play
Dede Ayite, “Slave Play”
Dede Ayite, “A Soldier’s Play”
Bob Crowley, “The Inheritance”
Rob Howell, “A Christmas Carol”
Clint Ramos, “The Rose Tattoo”

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Emily Rebholz, “Jagged Little Pill”
Mark Thompson, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”
Catherine Zuber, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jiyoun Chang, “Slave Play”
Jon Clark, “The Inheritance”
Heather Gilbert, “The Sound Inside”
Allen Lee Hughes, “A Soldier’s Play”
Hugh Vanstone, “A Christmas Carol”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Bruno Poet, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”
Justin Townsend, “Jagged Little Pill”
Justin Townsend, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Best Sound Design of a Play
Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, “The Inheritance”
Simon Baker, “A Christmas Carol”
Lindsay Jones, “Slave Play”
Daniel Kluger, “Sea Wall/A Life”
Daniel Kluger, “The Sound Inside”

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, “Jagged Little Pill”
Peter Hylenski, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Nevin Steinberg, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Direction of a Play
David Cromer, “The Sound Inside”
Stephen Daldry, “The Inheritance”
Kenny Leon, “A Soldier’s Play”
Jamie Lloyd, “Betrayal”
Robert O’Hara, “Slave Play”

Best Direction of a Musical
Phyllida Lloyd, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”
Diane Paulus, “Jagged Little Pill”
Alex Timbers, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Best Choreography
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, “Jagged Little Pill”
Sonya Tayeh, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Anthony Van Laast, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

Best Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, “Jagged Little Pill”
Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Ethan Popp, “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”

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