Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Earns 10 Tony Nominations

The Tony Nominations are Announced

Today is the day! It’s Tony nominations announcement day, which is like Christmas for us theater nerds. Some really great musicals with familiar titles are up this year, including Mean Girls, Spongebob Squarepants, and Frozen. Some household-name movie actors like Andrew Garfield and Michael Cera are nominated as well. They each appeared in plays on Broadway this year. Very exciting for the nerd community is the popularity of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Harry Potter Nominations

JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and Jack Tiffany brought the play to Potterheads in 2016. It began in the Palace Theater in London in June 2016. It opened on Broadway in March 2018 at the Lyric Theater. And today, it received 10 Tony nominations.


Three actors were nominated. Jamie Parker earned a Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play nomination for his role as Harry Potter. Noma Dumezweni earned a Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play nomination for her role as Hermione Granger. Anthony Boyle earned a Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play nomination for his role as Scorpius Malfoy. John Tiffany is nominated for his directing. Steven Hoggett is nominated for the choreography. Christine Jones is nominated for the scene design, and Katrina Lindsay is nominated for the costume designs. Neil Austin is up for lighting design with Gareth Fry up for sound. Especially relevant, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two is nominated for best play.

Seems like Harry Potter will make it to every medium. From page to screen to stage, this story remains.

Full List of Nominees

The Band’s Visit
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

The Children  (Author: Lucy Kirkwood) 
Farinelli and The King(Author: Claire van Kampen)  
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two (Author: Jack Thorne) 
Junk(Author: Ayad Akhtar) 
Latin History for Morons (Author: John Leguizamo)

Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero

Acting Nominations

Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two 
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King 
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan 
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Supporting)
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Featured Role in a Play (Supporting)
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

Directing Nominations

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Music, Lyrics, Choreography 

Book of a Musical (for story and narrative structure)
The Band’s Visit: Itamar Moses
Frozen: Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls: Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical: Kyle Jarrow

Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America
Music: Adrian Sutton 

The Band’s Visit
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek 

Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez 

Mean Girls
Music: Jeff Richmond 
Lyrics: Nell Benjamin 

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C

John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Set Design

Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Scenic Design of a Musical
Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Costume Design of a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit

Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Honorary Awards

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Chita Rivera
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Special Tony Awards
John Leguizamo
Bruce Springsteen


So, everyone get ready for June 10th! Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban are hosting the show. We’ll surely be entertained! And to everyone at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, break a leg! 

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