Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chita Rivera Picks Up Her Tenth Tony Nomination

The 2015 Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theater, better known as the Tony Awards, nominees were announced Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in the Broadway theater district of midtown Manhattan. The Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing and are given for excellence in Broadway theater. The announcements were hosted by Tony-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning film star Bruce Willis.

Among the nominees is the ageless icon Chita Rivera, who picked up her tenth Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Terrence McNally tuner The Visit (based on the Friedrich Dürrenmatt play of the same name), which picked up five nominations in total. Rivera has two Tonys, for The Rink and for Kiss of the Spider Woman. She is truly theater royalty, a grande dame of Broadway (she had her Broadway debut in 1953). For more information on this living legend and force of nature, click here.

The George Gershwin-Ira Gershwin-Craig Lucas musical An American in Paris and the Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical Fun Home (the latter based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel of the same name and co-starring HOLA member Joel Pérez) tied for the most Tony nominations this year, with 12 each. The Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton play Wolf Hall Parts One & Two received the most nominations for a play with eight, while the classic Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I (based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon) received the most nominations of any revival, with nine nominations.

The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The masters of ceremonies will be Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. For more information, click here.