The 2022 nominations for the annual Tony Awards, recognizing achievement in Broadway productions, were announced last night by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing. Australian actor Hugh Jackman received a nomination for his lead role in the revival of Meredith Wilson’s The music manis currently playing at the Winter Garden Theater in New York.
This is Jackman’s second nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, having won in 2004 for his performance as Peter Allen in The boy from Oz. Jackman also received a special non-competitive Tony Award in 2012 while performing in the production of the concert. Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway.
Jackman’s was one of six nominations The music man received, alongside her co-star and fellow Tony winner Sutton Foster who was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. The revival itself, which was coldly received by critics when it opened in February this year, was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical.
At the top of the nominations this year, the new musical A strange loop which received 11 nominations in total (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Featured Role, Best Actress in a Featured Role, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations), after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020. The Lehman Trilogy received the most nominations in the Play categories, including three Best Actor nominations for its three central performances (Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester).
Elsewhere, actress Patti LuPone received her eighth nomination for her performance in Stephen Sondheim’s current gender revival Companywhich received nine nominations in total – including Best Revival vs. The music man.
Musicals Six and North Country Girlwho will be familiar to Australian audiences with national tours currently underway, both received nominations for Best Musical North Country Girl received a total of seven awards, including Six receive eight.
The Australian Tour North Country Girl will continue its performances in Melbourne on May 12, after being hit by COVID-related cancellations after opening at the Comedy Theater on April 29.
The 2022 Tony Awards will be presented on June 13. The full list of nominations is available at tonyawards.com