Several San Diego natives on the Great White Way were recognized by the 2015 Tony Awards Tuesday.
Five artists with local connections will be in the running for varying awards, which honor achievements on Broadway for both plays and musical theater productions. The awards will take place June 7.
Beth Malone, an actress that previously stared in several San Diego productions, Casey Nicholaw, a director and artist who used to be involved in local productions and Gregg Barnes, a costume designer who used to work at the Old Globe, all scored nominations for their work this season.
Nicholaw was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and his work on “Something Rotten!” Barnes was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Musical and his work on the same musical. “Fun Home” actress Beth Malone was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.
Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, leads in the Best Musical-nominated “The Visit,” previously had projects in San Diego as well. “The Dancer’s Life,” Rivera’s musical, had its world premiere at the Old Globe. Rees directed the Old Globe’s “Dog and Pony,” a musical comedy that premiered in San Diego.
“An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” both lead with 12 nominations total, and shortly after “Something Rotten” followed with 10 and the revival of “The King and I” with nine.
Two San Diego-connected productions, “Doctor Zhivago” and “Side Show,” were both left out of the running this year. “Side Show” first premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse and “Doctor Zhivago” first premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse nearly a decade ago. The 2015 nominations are a stark contrast to the 2014 cycle, where the original Old Globe production “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” swept up four wins amid 10 nominations.
San Diego native Nicholaw was once heavily involved in San Diego Junior Theatre productions in the late 1970s. Costume designer Barnes, a previous winner for his accomplishments, worked on various productions at the Globe, including “Robin and the 7 Hoods” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and was named an associate artist at the theater. Most recently, Malone starred as Annie Oakley in San Diego Musical Theater’s “Annie Get Your Gun.”
For a full list of nominees, click here.