Proving just how ridiculous the past year has been, there is one solitary name up for the best lead actor in a musical Tony Award in 2020.
We reckon his chances are pretty good.
The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards were revealed on Thursday, honouring the best performances from Broadway and the West End from the past year.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has had such an affect on theatre that when it came to some categories, it was slim pickings.
Aaron Tveit is the sole nominee for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical award, for his performance as Christian in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
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The 36-year-old, also known for starring in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, plays the character made famous by Ewan McGregor in the 2001 film.
Addressing his nomination, Tveit said: ‘I hope this can be a positive lift amidst an industry shut down with an ever-changing timeline, as well as a reminder of power of live theatre, and what it can do for us as individuals. And for our world.’
Bizarrely, despite being the only person up for the prize, Tveit could technically still lose.
According to the rules of the Tonys, a sole nominee must still collect 60% of Tony voters’ total ballots to win – although Tveit losing seems highly unlikely.
Tveit’s nomination is one of Moulin Rouge! The Musical’s 14 nominations, including for best musical; it is just behind Jagged Little Pill in the nods, with the Alanis Morrisette musical gaining 15 nominations.
In the play stakes, Jeremy O’Harris’s controversial drama Slave Play, about race, sex and trauma, anded 12 nominations, including best play – making it the most nominated play in Tony history.
It will face off against The Inheritance, which achieved 11 nominations, and Sea Wall/A Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, as well as Grand Horizons and The Sound Inside.
Gyllenhaal and Sturridge are both up for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play, where they face off against fellow Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston, who is nominated for his role in Betrayal, as well as Inheritance’s Andrew Burnap, Linda Vista star Ian Barford and Blair Underwood of A Soldier’s Play.
In the actress category, Laura Linney is nominated for My Name Is Lucy Barton, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is up for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Mary-Louise Parker is nominated for The Sound Inside and Joaquina Kalukango is nominated for Slave Play.
As opposed to the lonely actor in a musical category, there are three nominees in the actress category – Karen Olivo ( Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill) and Adrienne Warren (Tina — The Tina Turner Musical).
And in the best musical category, Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Tina — The Tina Turner Musical will face off.
It’s an odd year for the Tonys, which usually take place in June, due to Broadway and the West End shuttering in March due to Covid-19 and cancelling or delaying the openings of many an eagerly-awaited show.
Rules state that productions which had not just started performances but actually opened by February 19 (the window opened in April 2019) were the only shows deemed eligible.
That meant that Girl From the North Country and the revival of West Side Story, both of which opened after February 19 but before Broadway shut down on March 12, were deemed ineligible, as well as shows like Six.
In comparison to the 2019 awards, where 34 shows were eligible for nomination, just 14 shows were eligible this year.
It is still unclear when the Tonys will take place this year, although it’s believed they will take place virtually.
It is likely there will be no 2021 awards, due to Broadway being set to reopen in June 2021.
Tony Awards nominations 2020
Sea Wall/A Life
The Sound Inside
Jagged Little Pill
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Tina — The Tina Turner Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
A Soldier’s Play
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
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
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
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
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
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 and 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
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
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jagged Little Pill
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Anthony Van Laast, Tina — The Tina Turner Musical
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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