South Pacific

Joan Marcus

The Great White Way is gonna paint the town red tonight.

In the Heights, a musical chronicling a group of immigrant dreamers in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, as backed by a salsa and hip-hop score, received a leading 13 nominations today for the 2008 Tony Awards.

Following close on its Capezio'd heels is Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, the much-heralded first ever Broadway revival of the iconic musical, which earned 11 nods.

But Mel Brooks' latest foray, the hugely hyped yet hugely disappointing musical take on Young Frankenstein, failed to register in any of the major categories, aside from featured-acting nods for supporting players Andrea Martin and Christopher Fitzgerald.

A few big names also made the cut: Laurence Fishburne, Patrick Stewart, Rufus Sewell, Laurie Metcalf, Martha Plimpton, Mary McCormack, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tom S. Epatha Merkerson, Tom "Luke Duke" Wopat and Bobby Cannavale were all singled out with individual acting nominations for their work on the boards.

Rounding out the top musical nominees was Stephen Sondheim's equally iconic Sunday in the Park With George, which follows the life of impressionist painter Georges Seurat during the creation of his famous painting, which earned nine nominations.

The top nominated play, meanwhile, was the Pulitzer Prize-sanctioned August: Osage County, a snapshot of a Midwestern family returning home to care for their manipulative and afflicted mother.

The Tonys, currently in its 62nd year, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS June 15. Whoopi Goldberg will host.

Here's the complete list of nominees:

BEST PLAY
  • August: Osage County
  • Rock 'n' Roll
  • The Seafarer
  • The 39 Steps
BEST MUSICAL
  • Cry-Baby
  • In The Heights
  • Passing Strange
  • Xanadu
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
  • Cry-Baby
  • In the Heights
  • Passing Strange
  • Xanadu
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS)
  • Cry-Baby
  • In the Heights
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Passing Strange
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
  • Boeing-Boeing
  • The Homecoming
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • Macbeth
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
  • Grease
  • Gypsy
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Sunday in the Park with George
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
  • Ben Daniels, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
  • Mark Rylance, Boeing-Boeing
  • Rufus Sewell, Rock 'n' Roll
  • Patrick Stewart, Macbeth
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
  • Eve Best, The Homecoming
  • Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County
  • Kate Fleetwood, Macbeth
  • S. Epatha Merkerson, Come Back, Little Sheba
  • Amy Morton, August: Osage County
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
  • Daniel Evans, Sunday in the Park with George
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
  • Stew, Passing Strange
  • Paulo Szot, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Tom Wopat, A Catered Affair
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
  • Kerry Butler, Xanadu
  • Patti LuPone, Gypsy
  • Kelli O'Hara, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Faith Prince, A Catered Affair
  • Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park with George
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
  • Bobby Cannavale, Mauritius
  • Raúl Esparza, The Homecoming
  • Conleth Hill, The Seafarer
  • Jim Norton, The Seafarer
  • David Pittu, Is He Dead?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
  • Sinead Cusack, Rock 'n' Roll
  • Mary McCormack, Boeing-Boeing
  • Laurie Metcalf, November
  • Martha Plimpton, Top Girls
  • Rondi Reed, August: Osage County
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
  • Daniel Breaker, Passing Strange
  • Danny Burstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Robin De Jesús, In the Heights
  • Christopher Fitzgerald, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
  • Boyd Gaines, Gypsy
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
  • De'Adre Aziza, Passing Strange
  • Laura Benanti, Gypsy
  • Andrea Martin, The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
  • Olga Merediz, In the Heights
  • Loretta Ables Sayre, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
  • The 39 Steps
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • August: Osage County
  • Macbeth
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • In the Heights
  • The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Boeing-Boeing
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • The 39 Steps
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • Gypsy
  • In the Heights
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
  • The 39 Steps
  • Macbeth
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • August: Osage County
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • In the Heights
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • The Little Mermaid
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
  • Boeing-Boeing
  • Macbeth
  • Rock 'n' Roll
  • The 39 Steps
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
  • In the Heights
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Gypsy
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
  • Maria Aitken, The 39 Steps
  • Conor McPherson, The Seafarer
  • Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County
  • Matthew Warchus, Boeing-Boeing
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
  • Sam Buntrock, Sunday in the Park with George
  • Thomas Kail, In the Heights
  • Arthur Laurents, Gypsy
  • Bartlett Sher, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
  • Cry-Baby
  • In the Heights
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
  • Xanadu
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • In the Heights
  • Passing Strange
  • A Catered Affair

REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater

SPECIAL TONY AWARD

  • Robert Russell Bennett

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

  • Stephen Sondheim
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