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.