Thursday, 16 August, 2018

University of MI represented in Tony nominations for 'Mean Girls'

039;Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and 'The Band's Visit'

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Ginger Lopez | 02 May, 2018, 01:54

Ayad Akhtar's "Junk" and John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons" - both of which originated at La Jolla Playhouse - were nominated in the best-play category.

SpongeBob was also nominated for Best Lighting Design (hardly surprising, seeing as it takes place in the animated, madcap ocean bed of Bikini Bottom) as well as for Best Leading Actor.

It's also worth mentioning that Mean Girls' nomination for Best Featured Actor went to Grey Henson, the actor who plays Damian, the show's visible gay character.

While none of the Best Play nominations were overtly gay, the nominated show Farinelli and the King, about an early 18th century Spanish monarch, does feature a castrati character.

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands - Disney's "Frozen", J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants".




Other notable mentions include revivals of Angels in America, Carousel, and The Band's Visit.

Louderman earned her first nomination for playing a high school queen bee who is laid low in "Mean Girls". Carousel was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical against My Fair Lady and Once on This Island, while Angels in America is up for Best Revival of a Play. Others in the category include Glenda Jackson from "Three Tall Women", Condola Rashad in "Saint Joan" and Lauren Ridloff in "Children of a Lesser God".

Best Original Score nominees are Angels in America, The Band's Visit, Frozen, Mean Girls, and SpongeBob SquarePants. It now will face "The Children", "Farinelli and The King", "Junk" and "Latin History for Morons" for best new play.

The awards will be presented 8 p.m. June 10, broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall. Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will serve as hosts for this year's festivities.

The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday in NY.

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