June 09--When Broadway honors its own Sunday evening at the Tony Awards, there's a good chance that Tulsa may get a few honors of its own.
Tulsa native Tracy Letts is nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Letts is competing against three well-known performers -- Tom Hanks in "Lucky Guy," Nathan Lane in "The Nance" and David Hyde Pierce in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" -- as well as Tom Sturridge from "Orphans."
Should Letts win, he would be only the third person in Tony history to win awards in two different categories. Letts won his first Tony Award as the writer of the 2008 Best Play winner, "August: Osage County."
One of the most nominated shows this year is "Pippin," the revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical that hasn't been seen on Broadway since the conclusion of its original production in 1977.
"Pippin" is considered the front-runner for the Best Revival of a Musical award, which means Tulsans Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner, whose Square 1 Theatrics is one of the show's co-producers, could come home with Tonys of their own.
One other show that's up for a Tony has a Tulsa connection: Tulsa native Anne O'Shea, whose Minerva Productions is best-known for producing the Academy Award-winning film "The Kids Are All Right," is one of the producers of "Ann." Actress Holland Taylor is nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of one-time Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
The Tony Awards will be televised live beginning at 7 p.m. on KOTV channel 6.
The Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis Ave., is offering the chance to bask in some of the reflected glamour of the evening, with a free showing of the awards show along with a display of memorabilia from Tracy Letts' career.
Award categories and nominees
"Bring It On: The Musical"
"A Christmas Story: The Musical"
"Matilda: The Musical"
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
"Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Scott Ellis, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Jerry Mitchell, "Kinky Boots"
Diane Paulus, "Pippin"
Matthew Warchus, "Matilda: The Musical"
"The Assembled Parties" by Richard Greenberg
"Lucky Guy" by Nora Ephron
"The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
"The Trip to Bountiful"
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Pam MacKinnon, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Nicholas Martin, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Bartlett Sher, "Golden Boy"
George C. Wolfe, "Lucky Guy"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"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 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 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"
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"
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