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Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Musical Leads Tony Awards with 15 Nominations

It's up for Best Musical, Best Book, and multiple performances

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Alanis Morissette (photo by Kayt Jones) and Jagged Little Pill
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    For obvious reasons, it’s been a weird and shortened Broadway season. Still, the 74th annual Tony Awards are soldiering on, celebrating the work of those productions that were able to put on shows before the March shutdown of New York’s theater district. That includes Jagged Little Pill, the musical based on Alanis Morissette’s iconic album of the same name, which leads the 2020 Tonys with 15 nominations.

    To be fair, there was a considerably smaller field this year than is typical. Because the pandemic forced Broadway’s shutdown, the cutoff date for Tony-eligible productions was bumped to February 19th, 2020. (Jagged Little Pill officially opened on Broadway in December of last year.) That meant that only 18 plays were eligible for nominations, down from 34 in 2019. There is also one fewer category this year at 25, and many feature far fewer nominees; in fact, Best Performance for an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical only has one nominee — and thus, the instant winner — Aaron Tveit for Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

    Not that any of this should diminish the accomplishments of Jagged Little Pill. The production is incredibly powerful, with stellar performances and an amazingly inventive set design. That’s why it’s up for Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, and a number of Best Performance awards. Elizabeth Stanley is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; both Derek Klena and Sean Allan Krill are up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role; and Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, and Lauren Patten are all vying for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role. (Patten deserves it for her “You Oughta Know” performance alone.

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    Jagged Little Pill also has a shot at Best Costume Design, Best Book (written by Diablo Cody), Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Direction, and Best Orchestrations. In many of those categories, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Scenic Design, it’s up against Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

    Productions like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme and David Byrne’s American Utopia didn’t invite voters to stagings, so they are only up for special awards. The latter is also heading to HBO later this week via a Spike Lee-directed movie.

    Find the full list of 2020 Tony Awards nominations below (via Deadline). This may be the last Tonys for at least a year, as The Broadway League recently confirmed it intended to keep theaters closed through at least May 2021.

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    Best Play:
    Grand Horizons
    Author: Bess Wohl
    Producers: Second Stage Theater, Carole Rothman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield

    The Inheritance
    Author: Matthew López

    Sea Wall/A Life
    Author: Simon Stephens & Nick Payne

    Slave Play
    Author: Jeremy O. Harris

    The Sound Inside
    Author: Adam Rapp

    Best Musical:
    Jagged Little Pill

    Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

    Best Revival of a Play

    Betrayal

    Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
    Author: Terrence McNally

    A Soldier’s Play
    Author: Charles Fuller

    Best Book of a Musical

    Jagged Little Pill
    Diablo Cody

    Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    John Logan

    Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
    Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins

    Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
    A Christmas Carol
    Music: Christopher Nightingale

    The Inheritance
    Music: Paul Englishby

    The Rose Tattoo
    Music: Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb

    Slave Play
    Music: Lindsay Jones

    The Sound Inside
    Music: Daniel Kluger

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
    Ian Barford, Linda Vista
    Andrew Burnap, The Inheritance
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Sea Wall/A Life
    Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal
    Tom Sturridge, Sea Wall/A Life
    Blair Underwood, A Soldier’s Play

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    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
    Joaquina Kalukango, Slave Play
    Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
    Audra McDonald, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
    Mary-Louise Parker, The Sound Inside

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
    Aaron Tveit, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
    Karen Olivo, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
    Adrienne Warren, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
    Ato Blankson-Wood, Slave Play
    James Cusati-Moyer, Slave Play
    David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
    John Benjamin Hickey, The Inheritance
    Paul Hilton, The Inheritance

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
    Jane Alexander, Grand Horizons
    Chalia La Tour, Slave Play
    Annie McNamara, Slave Play
    Lois Smith, The Inheritance
    Cora Vander Broek, Linda Vista

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
    Danny Burstein, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Derek Klena, Jagged Little Pill
    Sean Allan Krill, Jagged Little Pill
    Sahr Ngaujah, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Daniel J. Watts, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
    Kathryn Gallagher, Jagged Little Pill
    Celia Rose Gooding, Jagged Little Pill
    Robyn Hurder, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill
    Myra Lucretia Taylor, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

    Best Scenic Design of a Play:
    Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
    Soutra Gilmour, Betrayal
    Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
    Derek McLane, A Soldier’s Play
    Clint Ramos, Slave Play

    Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
    Riccardo Hernández and Lucy Mackinnon, Jagged Little Pill
    Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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    Best Costume Design of a Play:
    Dede Ayite, Slave Play
    Dede Ayite, A Soldier’s Play
    Bob Crowley, The Inheritance
    Rob Howell, A Christmas Carol
    Clint Ramos, The Rose Tattoo

    Best Costume Design of a Musical:
    Emily Rebholz, Jagged Little Pill
    Mark Thompson, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
    Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    Best Lighting Design of a Play:
    Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
    Jon Clark, The Inheritance
    Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
    Allen Lee Hughes, A Soldier’s Play
    Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol

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    Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
    Bruno Poet, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
    Justin Townsend, Jagged Little Pill
    Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    Best Sound Design of a Play:
    Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
    Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol
    Lindsay Jones, Slave Play
    Daniel Kluger, Sea Wall/A Life
    Daniel Kluger, The Sound Inside

    Best Sound Design of a Musical:
    Jonathan Deans, Jagged Little Pill
    Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Nevin Steinberg, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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    Best Direction of a Play:
    David Cromer, The Sound Inside
    Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
    Kenny Leon, A Soldier’s Play
    Jamie Lloyd, Betrayal
    Robert O’Hara, Slave Play

    Best Direction of a Musical:
    Phyllida Lloyd, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
    Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill
    Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    Best Choreography:
    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jagged Little Pill
    Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Anthony Van Laast, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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    Best Orchestrations:
    Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
    Katie Kresek, Charlie Rosen, Matt Stine and Justin Levine, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Ethan Popp, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

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