2018 Tony Award nominees complete list

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards started in 1947 as a way to celebrate excellence in theatre. The Tony Awards Ceremony was originally held at the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom in New York City. Mickey Rooney, Herb Shriner, Ethel Waters, and David Wayne all took the stage that night!

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The awards got their name from Antoinette Perry, a famous actress, director, producer and wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing.

During the first two years, the winners received a scroll and a gold money clip for men or a compact for women. In 1949, United Scenic Artists sponsored a contest for the design of the award itself. The winner of the contest was Herman Rosse, with the design of the comedy and tragedy mask; on the other side was Antoinette Perry in profile. To this day, the Tony Award statue that the winners receive still resembles this design.

CBS has been airing the Tony Awards every year since 1978, giving viewers all around the world a chance to get in on the action on Tony Awards Night.

In 2000, IBM started collaborating with the iconic awards ceremony to build a website with information about nominees, past winners, history and trivia. The site also serves as an access point to the social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat platforms.

This year, Mean Girls and SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical lead the pack with a dozen nominations each! See below for the full list of nominations:

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America

Tom Hollander, Travesties

Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King

Denzel Washington, The Iceman Cometh

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady

Joshua Henry, Carousel

Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit

Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women

Condola Rashad, Saint Joan

Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God

Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady

Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island

LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit

Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls

Jessie Mueller, Carousel

Best Revival of a Musical

Carousel

My Fair Lady

Once On This Island

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America

The Iceman Cometh

Lobby Hero

Three Tall Women

Travesties

Best Play

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood

Farinelli and the King by Claire van Kampen

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

Latin History for Morons by John Leguizamo

Junk by Ayad Akhtar

Best Musical

The Band’s Visit

Frozen

Mean Girls

SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Book

Tina Fey, Mean Girls

Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants

Jennifer Lee, Frozen

Itamar Moses, The Band’s Visit

Best Score

Adrian Sutton, Angels in America

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen

Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls

David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley, They Might Be Giants, T.I., David Bowie and Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady

Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants

Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls

Justin Peck, Carousel

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls

Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants

AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, Once On This Island

Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit

Jonathan Tunick, Carousel

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island

Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit

Scott Pask, Finn Ross and Adam Young, Mean Girls

Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Three Tall Women

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King

Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Santo Loquasto, The Iceman Cometh

Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and the King

Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America

Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Ann Roth, The Iceman Cometh

Ann Roth, Three Tall Women

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls

Clint Ramos, Once On This Island

Ann Roth, Carousel

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants

Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties

Ian Dickson and Autograph, Angels in America

Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Tom Gibbons, 1984

Dan Moses Schreier, The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit

Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island

Scott Lehrer, Carousel

Brian Ronan, Mean Girls

Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Paule Constable, Angels in America

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, The Iceman Cometh

Paul Russell, Farinelli and the King

Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island

Donald Holder, My Fair Lady

Brian MacDevitt, Carousel

Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America

Joe Mantello, Three Tall Women

Patrick Marber, Travesties

John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

George C. Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island

David Cromer, The Band’s Visit

Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls

Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Cera, Lobby Hero

Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero

Nathan Lane, Angels in America

David Morse, The Iceman Cometh

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America

Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Deborah Findlay, The Children

Denise Gough, Angels in America

Laurie Metcalf, Three Tall Women

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady

Alexander Gemignani, Carousel

Grey Henson, Mean Girls

Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants

Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Renee Fleming, Carousel

Lindsay Mendez, Carousel

Ashley Park, Mean Girls

Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady


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Tony Nominations by Production
Mean Girls - 12
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical - 12
Angels in America - 11
The Band's Visit - 11
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel - 11
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two - 10
My Fair Lady - 10
Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh - 8
Once On This Island - 8
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women - 6
Farinelli and The King - 5
Travesties - 4
Frozen - 3
Lobby Hero - 3
The Children - 2
Junk - 2
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - 2
Children of a Lesser God - 1
Latin History for Morons - 1
Meteor Shower - 1
1984 - 1
Saint Joan - 1

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