Congratulations also to Mary Louise Wilson on her nomination! The musical was nominated in ten categories. Congratulations to all!
From the Grey Gardens the Musical blog, on 15 May 2007
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical & Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The hit Broadway musical GREY GARDENS has been nominated for 10 2007 Tony Awards, include Best Musical. The acclaimed production starring Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole and Tony Award nominee Mary Louise Wilson earned nominations in the following 10 categories:
- Best Musical
- Best Leading Actress in a Musical – Christine Ebersole
- Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Mary Louise Wilson
- Best Book of a Musical – author Doug Wright
- Best Original Score – composer Scott Frankel & lyricist Michael Korie
- Best Director of a Musical – Michael Greif
- Best Scenic Design – Allen Moyer
- Best Costume Design – William Ivey Long
- Best Lighting Design – Peter Kaczorowski
- Best Orchestrations – Bruce Coughlin
Nominated for her dual performance as Edith Bouvier Beale (in Act One) and "Little" Edie Beale (in Act Two), this is Ms. Ebersole's third Tony nomination. She previously won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for 42nd Street (2001), and was also nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Play for Dinner at Eight (2003).
Nominated for her performance as Edith Bouvier Beale, this is Ms. Wilson's second Tony nomination. She was previously nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the revival of Cabaret (1998).
This is Mr. Wright's second Tony nomination. He previously won for Best Play for I Am My Own Wife (2004). Like I Am My Own Wife, GREY GARDENS had its World Premiere at New York's acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons.
This is the first nomination for both Mr. Frankel and Mr. Korie, for whom GREY GARDENS is their Broadway debut.
This is Mr. Greif's second Tony nomination. He was previously nominated as Best Director of a Musical for Rent (1996).
This is Mr. Moyer's first Tony nomination.
This is Mr. Ivey Long's eleventh Tony nomination. He's won the Tony Award for Best Costumes four times: for Nine (1982), Crazy For You (1992), The Producers (2001) and Hairspray (2003). His 6 additional nominations were for Lend Me a Tenor (1989), Chicago (1997), Cabaret (1998), The Music Man (2000), A Streetcar Named Desire (2005) and La Cage aux Folles (2005).
This is Mr. Kaczorowski's third Tony nomination. He previously won the Tony for Best Lighting for The Producers (2001) and was also nominated for Kiss Me, Kate (2000)
This is Mr. Coughlin's third Tony nomination. He previously won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for The Light in the Piazza (2005) and was also nominated for Urinetown (2002).
The Tony nominations cap the production's two-season span of earning Theater award nominations since opening Off-Broadway last spring at Playwrights Horizons. Unlike most productions that are eligible for all Theater awards in one season, GREY GARDENS has been eligible over the course of two. The World Premiere production at Playwrights Horizons during the 2005-2006 Theater Season yielded nominations and wins from the organizations that consider both Broadway and Off-Broadway: Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Obies, New York Drama Critics Circle and The Drama League, among many other specialty awards. As the Tony Awards only recognize excellence on Broadway, the musical was ineligible for Tony Awards until it moved to Broadway last Fall during the 2006-2007 Theater Season.
For her acclaimed dual performance as Edith Beale and "Little" Edie Beale, leading lady Christine Ebersole swept the 2006 Spring Theater awards, winning a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Obie, a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Drama League's 2006 Distinguished Performance of the Year Award. In addition to the awards bestowed on Ms. Ebersole, the musical's many honors include: the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; both a Drama-League Award for Distinguished Performance and the Actors Equity Foundation's Richard Seff Award to Mary Louise Wilson for her performance; a 2006 Richard Rodgers Production Award, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; being named one of Best Plays' "Ten Best" of the 2005-2006 season (the only musical cited); The ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie; The Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for Mr. Frankel and an Obie Award for set designer Allen Moyer. The musical was also proclaimed "Best Musical of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly and USA Today and the "#1 Show of the Year" by Time Magazine.