La Jolla Playhouse-Bred Shows Earn Tony Award Nominations - NBC 7 San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse-Bred Shows Earn Tony Award Nominations

The Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 10 on CBS



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    LEFT: Front, L-R: LaChanze as “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose as “Disco Donna” and Storm Lever as “Duckling Donna” with the cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (Photo by Kevin Berne). RIGHT: Zakiya Iman Markland, Linus Roache and Henry Stram in La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT. (photo by Jim Carmody.)

    Once again, San Diego will be well-represented at the Tony Awards in June, the most prestigious theatre award. 

    Three La Jolla Playhouse-born productions and two Old Globe-connected artists earned Tony Award nominations this season. 

    "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical," John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons" and "JUNK," which all premiered at the prestigious regional theater in recent seasons, scored several nominations for one of theater's most prestigious awards. 

    The Donna Summer musical, which first premiered at the Playhouse to a sold-out, extended run last fall, earned nominations for stars LaChanze (Best Leading Actress in a Musical) and Ariana DeBoise (Best Featured Actress in a Musical). 

    From left: LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, Storm Lever.
    Photo credit: Courtesy of La Jolla Playhouse

    Ayad Akhtar's "JUNK" and John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons," which both premiered at the Playhouse during the 2016-2017 season, earned nominations for Best Play.

    The lighting designer for "JUNK," Ben Stanton, scored a nomination for his work lighting the piece. 

    Across the city, The Old Globe-connected productions also earned nominations. 

    Amy Schumer was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Play for Steve Martin's Meteor Shower, which first premiered at The Old Globe in 2016. 

    Gregg Barnes, Globe Associate Artist, also earned a nomination for his costumes in the hit musical Mean Girls, which earned a total of 12 nominations. 

    For a full list of nominees, click here.

    The Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 10 on CBS. 

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