The revival of AIDS-themed play Angels in America received 11 Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play. Four of the actors are also nominated, reports Variety.
The 72nd Tony Awards, which honors excellence in Broadway theater, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, on CBS.
The musicals Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants lead this year’s nominations, with 12 nods each. Angels got 11, and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two received 10.
For more from POZ about the “Angels” revival, click “‘Angels in America’” Returns to Broadway 25 Years After Its Debut.”
These are the 11 categories in which Angels received nominations:
- Best Revival of a Play
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play—Andrew Garfield
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play—Nathan Lane
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play—Susan Brown
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play—Denise Gough
- Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre—Music: Adrian Sutton
- Best Scenic Design of a Play—Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce
- Best Costume Design of a Play—Nicky Gillibrand
- Best Lighting Design of a Play—Paule Constable
- Best Sound Design of a Play—Ian Dickinson for Autograph
- Best Direction of a Play—Marianne Elliott
Also of interest: MAC Cosmetics, which has donated more than $480 million to fight the global AIDS pandemic since 1994, is the official makeup partner for the Angles revival.
The play’s full title—Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes—hints at the sweeping nature of playwright Tony Kushner’s storytelling, which weaves together AIDS, Reaganism, religion, immigration, climate change, historical figures (Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg), a closeted married Mormon who comes out to his mom, his pill-popping wife, a drag queen, a gay Black nurse, a gay couple and, yes, actual angels.
In related news, don’t miss Vox’s “How 2018 Reshaped Angels in America,” which explores how “the ghost of Trump is always next to Roy Cohn in the new production.” (In real life, Cohn, a closeted, homophobic lawyer living with HIV, was Trump’s mentor).
The Original Donald Trump https://t.co/YGFwYJkLTX— Daily Intelligencer (@intelligencer) April 30, 2018
The relationship between Trump and Cohn (played by Nathan Lane in Angels) is further explored in New York magazine’s cover story this week, “The Original Donald Trump.” Penned by Frank Rich, it’s a deep dive into how “the New York Establishment will ignore unscrupulous acts to serve its interests—just look how it treated Roy Cohn, onetime lawyer to the president.”