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2009 Tony Award Nominees: 'Best Scenic Design Of A Play'


Nominations in 27 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing's 63rd Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony"® Awards were announced today by Tony Award Winners Cynthia Nixon and Lin-Manuel Miranda from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. To view the complete list of nominees, click here.

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.

The American Theatre Wing's 63rd Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony"® Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2009 (8-11pm, live EST, PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit

BroadwayWorld Presents The 2009 Tony Award Nominees:
'Best Scenic Design of a Play'


Dale Ferguson (Exit the King)
Broadway debut. Graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney). Recently designed A Midsummer Nights Dream for Houston Grand Opera and the English tour of Sydney Theatre Company and Out of Joint production of The Convict Opera. Other Opera: Opera Australia/Welsh National Opera, The Marriage of Figaro and Ariadne auf Naxos. Musicals: The 25th Annual..., Titanic: the Musical, Summer Rain and The Rocky Horror Show (Sydney). Melbourne Theatre Company: the upcoming August: Osage County, The Seagull, A Cheery Soul, Molly Sweeney, Dealers Choice and The History Boys. Company B: Belvoir, Antigone, Peribanez, The Dreamers, The Judas Kiss and The Chairs. TV: for the Nine Network Australia, Temptation and Logie Awards 2008.


Rob Howell (The Norman Conquests)
Rob Howell has worked extensively in theatre and opera within the UK and abroad including working at The Royal Court, The Almeida, The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera House. Rob received the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Set Designer for Troilus and Cressida (National Theatre), Vassa (Almeida) and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company). He was nominated for Best Costume Design in the same year for Troilus and Cressida and Money (National Theatre) and for Best Set Designer in 1996 for The Glass Menagerie (the Donmar and Comedy Theatre), 1997 for Chips With Everything (NT) and 2001 for The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre). In 2006, he received an Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End) as well as a Best Costume Design nomination. This year he was nominated for an Olivier Award in both Set and Costume design categories for The Lord of the Rings (West End).

Derek McLane (33 Variations)
B'way: The Pajama Game (Tony nom.), The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife, Barefoot in the Park, Lestat, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday and others. Off-B'way: The Voysey Inheritance (Lortel Award, OCC nom.), Two Trains Running, Becky Shaw, Ruined, Mourning Becomes Electra, Hurlyburly, Abigail's Party, Modern Orthodox, Aunt Dan and Lemon, East Is East, subUrbia, Saturday Night. He designed the entire Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center. Productions at most of the major resident theatres and operas.


Michael Yeargan (Joe Turner's Come and Gone)
LCT: South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle nom.), Cymbeline, Awake and Sing! (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Edward Albee's Seascape, The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award nom.). Broadway: The Ritz (original production); Hay Fever with RoseMary Harris; Ah, Wilderness! with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst; A Lesson From Aloes; as well as many credits Off-Broadway and in regional theater. London: . Opera: Metropolitan Opera (IL Barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, Ariadne auf Naxos, Così fan Tutti, Don Giovanni, Susanna, The Great Gatsby), NY City Opera (Norma, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Finta Giardiniera, Central Park), as well as work at major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

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