West End exports score Tony nominations

Published May 3, 2016

The Young Vic production of A View From The Bridge and the Almeida Theatre’s King Charles III both collected five nominations when the Tony Award nominees were announced today.

The Color Purple, first seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory received four nominations, with American Psycho The Musical, originated by Headlong and the Almeida, collecting two nominations.

But that total of 15 nominations for London-created productions was eclipsed by blockbuster musical Hamilton, which dominated the nominations for Broadway’s most prestigious awards with a total of 16.

King Charles III received nominations for leading man Tim Pigott-Smith, co-star Richard Goulding, costume designer Tom Scutt, director Rupert Goold and for Best Play.

A View From The Bridge’s Jan Versweyveld picked up two nominations for his work on the production, both for scenic design and costume design. Star Mark Strong and director Ivo van Hove, who both won Oliviers following the production’s London run, picked up a nomination apiece, while the show was also nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Cynthia Erivo, who starred in The Color Purple when it was staged at the Menier Chocolate Factory before leading the show in New York, picked up one of the musical’s four nominations, the others going to co-star Danielle Brooks, director John Doyle and the production in the Best Revival of a Musical category.

American Psycho’s two nominations both came for its design team, with Es Devlin and Finn Ross receiving a nod for scenic design and Justin Townsend being recognised for lighting.

There were nominations too for School Of Rock creators Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater (Original Score) and Julian Fellowes (Book) and British actress Sophie Okonedo for her work on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Commenting on School Of Rock’s nominations, Lloyd Webber said: ““This is fantastic. We have just had Jack Black see our show and proclaim it ‘A Broadway Masterpiece’. Now we get these nominations! We are thrilled.”

The winners of the 70th Tony Awards will be announced in a ceremony on 12 June that will be hosted by James Cordon.

For a full list of nominees visit the Tony Awards website.