Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, both up for Best Musical,are the most recognized productions, earning 12 nominations each. As expected, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two(Best Play), Angels in America(Best Revival of a Play) and Roger & Hammerstein's Carousel(Best Revival of a Musical) lead their respective show categories.
Elsewhere, adaptations made their presence known onstage this season -- and at the Tony Awards. Musical adaptations of The Band’s Visit, Frozen, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants were all nominated as well as play versions of 1984 and Marvin’s Room. Meanwhile, an original story from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe dominated the play categories.
Original, star-studded productions -- notably Meteor Shower and The Parisian Woman -- made the least impact, with the latter, Beau Willimon’s political satire starring Uma Thurman, shut out. Amy Schumer, however, is nominated for her Broadway debut in the Steve Martin farce, which earned mixed reviews but plenty of laughs from audiences.
She’s joined by Andrew Garfield, Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, Denzel Washington, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Cera and Nathan Lane, among film and TV stars being recognized for their stage work.