2011 Tony Awards Nominees: 'Best Original Score'
Nominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing's 65th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards® were announced May 3, 2011 by Tony Award winning actor Matthew Broderick and Tony Award winning actress Anika Noni Rose, at the Tony Award Nominations Announcement sponsored by IBM. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 22 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2011 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
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The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
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BroadwayWorld Presents The 2011 Tony Awards Nominees:
'Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre'
The Book of Mormon
Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Trey Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, Cannibal! The Musical, while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. A few years later, Trey co-created the hit animated series "South Park" with Matt Stone (his college friend and Cannibal! producer). Debuting on Comedy Central in 1997 and currently in its fifteenth season, "South Park" has won four Emmy Awards as well as the coveted Peabody Award. The same year "South Park" debuted, Parker wrote, directed, and starred in the film Orgazmo. Two years later, Parker and Stone released the critically acclaimed feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The musical, which Parker directed and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song and a NY Film Critics Award. In 2004, the pair returned to theatres with Team America: World Police, an action movie co-written and directed by Parker that starred a cast of marionettes. It has been a long-time dream of Parker's to write a musical for Broadway. Trey Parker is originally from Conifer, Colorado.
Robert Lopez sang in church choirs throughout college and always suspected he'd return to sacred music. He shared a Tony Award and Grammy nomination for Avenue Q, the twentieth-longest-running Broadway musical, which he co-wrote and conceived. With wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he wrote Finding Nemo: The Musical (playing Orlando(!) since 2006), the Broadway-bound original musical Up Here and songs for Winnie the Pooh (Disney feature animation, 2011). He shared two Emmy Awards for his music for "The Wonder Pets" and an Emmy nomination for the "Scrubs" musical episode. Member BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild, WGA, AEA, Yale grad, native NY'er. Thanks Mom, Dad, Billy, Katie, Annie and especially Kristen for all the meaning.
Matt Stone met Trey Parker at the University of Colorado, and together they made a short animated piece called The Spirit of Christmas. This launched their most recognized work, the critically acclaimed and award-winning television show, "South Park." The animated series is in its fifteenth season on Comedy Central and has won Stone four Emmy Awards and the coveted Peabody Award. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which Stone produced and co-wrote, earned an Oscar nomination and the first NY Film Critics Award for an animated film. In addition to "South Park," Stone has partnered with Parker on the low-budget Cannibal: The Musical, the superhero comedy Orgazmo and the marionette action thriller Team America: World Police. Matt Stone is originally from Littleton, Colorado.
The Scottsboro Boys
Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb
John Kander and Fred Ebb: Theatre: Flora, the Red Menace; Cabaret (Tony, music and lyrics); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony, music and lyrics); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony, music and lyrics); The World Goes Round; Steel Pier; Curtains; All About Us; The Visit and The Scottsboro Boys. Film: Funny Lady; Lucky Lady; Cabaret; New York, New York; Steppin' Out; Chicago; Kramer vs. Kramer; Places in the Heart; Still of the Night; Blue Skies Again. Television: "Liza with a Z," "Steppin' Out" (Emmy winners); "My Coloring Book," the Academy Awards, "Baryshnikov on Broadway," "Goldie and Liza Together," "Breathing Lessons," "The Boys Next Door" and "An Early Frost." In 1985, "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.
Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Alan Menken: Theatre scores: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Real Life Funnies; Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy; Little Shop of Horrors; Kicks; Patch, Patch, Patch; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz; Beauty and the Beast; A Christmas Carol; King David; Weird Romance; Der Glöckner von Notre Dame; The Little Mermaid; Leap of Faith; and Sister Act. Film scores: Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Life with Mikey, Hercules, Home on the Range, The Shaggy Dog, Noel, Enchanted and Tangled. Honors: eight Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, ten Grammys, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, two Tony nominations, the Olivier Award, London's Evening Standard Award, membership in the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, a doctorate in fine arts from New York University and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Upcoming: Stage adaptations of Aladdin, Newsies and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Glenn Slater: Broadway: Disney's The Little Mermaid (2008 Tony Award nomination - Best Score, Grammy nomination - Best Cast Album). West End: Sister Act the Musical (2009), Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies (2010, Olivier nomination - Best Musical). Regional: Leap of Faith (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2010). Off-Broadway: Newyorkers (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2001; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Film: Disney's Home on the Range (2004), Disney's Tangled (2010, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations - Best Song). Awards: the Kleban Award for Lyrics; the ASCAP/Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; the Jonathan Larson Award. Upcoming: Houdini, with composer Danny Elfman; The Hudsucker Proxy, with composer Stephen Weiner; and Beatsville, with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Leigh Wilf. Glenn lives in New York City and has two sons, Benjamin and Daniel.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
David Yazbek: A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to a career on Broadway. His two shows, The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, received a combined 21 Tony Award nominations with Yazbek being twice nominated for Best Score. The Full Monty won him the Drama Desk Award for Best Music. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums: The Laughing Man (winner NAIRD Award, Best Pop Album of the Year), Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder and the recent Evil Monkey Man. He also produced the original cast albums of his two Broadway shows, The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, both nominated for Grammy Awards.