Lower Merion grad Gideon Glick has been nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by an actor in a featured role, as Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.

He was one of several Philly-linked theater people to receive 2019 Tony Award nominations, announced Monday morning at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mara Isaacs, a longtime former producing director at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, developed and co-produced the new musical Hadestown, which garnered the most nominations of the day — 14, including best musical.

Composer Daniel Kluger, who grew up in Lower Merion and went to Harriton High School, was nominated for best orchestration for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Kluger has done sound design for the Arden Theatre Company.

Overall, musicals continued to dominate the Tonys, following a trend set by Hamilton. In addition to Hadestown’s big haul, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, received 12 nominations, and Tootsie got 11. All three recently opened on Broadway.

Among plays, To Kill a Mockingbird tied The Ferryman with nine nominations.

Jeff Daniels takes a bow during curtain call after the opening night performance of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" at the Shubert Theatre on Dec. 13, 2018 in New York City. Lower Merion grad Gideon Glick is behind Daniels in the striped shirt, with suspenders.
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Jeff Daniels takes a bow during curtain call after the opening night performance of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" at the Shubert Theatre on Dec. 13, 2018 in New York City. Lower Merion grad Gideon Glick is behind Daniels in the striped shirt, with suspenders.

Plays turned out to be the category with the year’s two most notable snubs. To Kill a Mockingbird, despite those nine nominations, did not get a best play nod. Neither did the Sam Mendes revival of King Lear, and Glenda Jackson, who played Lear, was snubbed for a best actress nod.

The best actor and actress nominations were starry, indeed. Among the nominations for best actor in a leading role in a play were Bryan Cranston (Network), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Adam Driver (Burn This). Best actress in a play nominations went to Elaine May (The Waverly Gallery), Annette Bening (Arthur Miller’s All My Sons), Janet McTeer (Bernhardt/Hamlet), Laurie Metcalf (Hillary and Clinton), Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me), and Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman).

Presenters for the nominations, which were telecast live, were two-time Tony-winner Bebe Neuwirth (who will appear in the fall in A Small Fire at the Philadelphia Theatre Company) and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon.

The nominations indicate the I-95 theatrical connection between Philadelphia and New York is very heavily traveled.

  • Dominique Morisseau, nominated for best book of a musical for Ain’t Too Proud, is one of the hottest playwrights in the United States, and the world premiere of her play Mud Row, based on her work in Chester, will be at People’s Light in Malvern June 26-July 28.
  • Kristine Nielsen, nominated for best performance by an actress in a play for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, has appeared frequently at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, including in last year’s Turning Off the Morning News by Christopher Durang.
  • Taylor Mac, author of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, brought the titanic A 24-Decade History of Popular Music to the Kimmel Center last year for the high point of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and the play HIR to Simpatico Theatre in 2017.
  • Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton played at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2016, and Rachel Chavkin, nominated for best direction of a musical for Hadestown, directed the memorable Small Mouth Sounds at Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2018.

Here is a complete list of the nominations:

Best Play

Choir Boy Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney

The Ferryman Author: Jez Butterworth

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Author: Taylor Mac

Ink Author: James Graham

What the Constitution Means to Me Author: Heidi Schreck

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations

Beetlejuice

Hadestown

The Prom

Tootsie

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller's All My Sons

The Boys in the Band Author: Mart Crowley

Burn This

Torch Song Author: Harvey Fierstein

The Waverly Gallery Author: Kenneth Lonergan

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me, Kate

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Book of a Musical

Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations Dominique Morisseau

Beetlejuice Scott Brown and Anthony King

Hadestown Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Tootsie Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Be More Chill Music and Lyrics: Joe Iconis

Beetlejuice Music and Lyrics: Eddie Perfect

Hadestown Music and Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

The Prom Music: Matthew Sklar, Lyrics: Chad Beguelin

To Kill a Mockingbird Music: Adam Guettel

Tootsie Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Paddy Considine The Ferryman

Bryan Cranston Network

Jeff Daniels To Kill a Mockingbird

Adam Driver Burn This

Jeremy Pope Choir Boy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Annette Bening Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

Laura Donnelly The Ferryman

Elaine May The Waverly Gallery

Janet McTeer Bernhardt/Hamlet

Laurie Metcalf Hillary and Clinton

Heidi Schreck What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Derrick Baskin Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Alex Brightman Beetlejuice

Damon Daunno Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Santino Fontana Tootsie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block The Cher Show

Caitlin Kinnunen The Prom

Beth Leavel The Prom

Eva Noblezada Hadestown

Kelli O’Hara Kiss Me, Kate

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Robin De Jesús The Boys in the Band

Gideon Glick To Kill a Mockingbird

Brandon Uranowitz Burn This

Benjamin Walker Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan The Ferryman

Celia Keenan-Bolger To Kill a Mockingbird

Kristine Nielsen Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Julie White Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Ruth Wilson King Lear

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

André De Shields Hadestown

Patrick Page Hadestown

Jeremy Pope Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Ephraim Sykes Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Lilli Cooper Tootsie

Amber Gray Hadestown

Sarah Stiles Tootsie

Ali Stroker Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Mary Testa Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether To Kill a Mockingbird

Rob Howell The Ferryman

Santo Loquasto Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Jan Versweyveld Network

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Peter England King Kong

Rachel Hauck Hadestown

Laura Jellinek Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

David Korins Beetlejuice

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell The Ferryman

Toni-Leslie James Bernhardt/Hamlet

Clint Ramos Torch Song

Ann Roth Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Ann Roth To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass Hadestown

William Ivey Long Beetlejuice

Bob Mackie The Cher Show

Paul Tazewell Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Peter Mumford, The Ferryman

Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, The Cher Show

Howell Binkley, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Bradley King, Hadestown

Peter Mumford, King Kong

Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Ink

Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird

Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Nick Powell, The Ferryman

Eric Sleichim, Network

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice

Peter Hylenski, King Kong

Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Drew Levy, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Best Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird

Ivo van Hove, Network

George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Scott Ellis, Tootsie

Daniel Fish, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Des McAnuff, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Casey Nicholaw, The Prom

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy

Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate

Denis Jones, Tootsie

David Neumann, Hadestown

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Orchestrations

Simon Hale, Tootsie

Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate

Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Special Tony Awards

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Co.

Regional Theatre Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, Calif.

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award Judith Light

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Peter Entin

FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Joseph Blakely Forbes

Tony Nominations by Production

Hadestown 14

Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations 12

Tootsie 11

The Ferryman 9

To Kill a Mockingbird 9

Beetlejuice 8

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! 8

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus 7

The Prom 7

Ink 6

Network 5

Choir Boy 4

Kiss Me, Kate 4

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons 3

Burn This 3

The Cher Show 3

King Kong 3

Bernhardt/Hamlet 2

The Boys in the Band 2

Torch Song 2

The Waverly Gallery 2

What the Constitution Means to Me 2

Be More Chill 1

Hillary and Clinton 1

King Lear 1