2020 Tony Nominations Announced and Breakdown


Tony Award

This year has been a difficult one for theater, and it has led to Tony Award nominations like no others. Done with special eligibility rule and cut short season, and few shows even eligible in several categories, these awards are really going to be something unique.

So here are the nominees, and be sure to continue below the list for our analysis of the nominations.

Best Musical

Jagged Little Pill Set at Intermission Broadway Musical

Jagged Little Pill

Moulin Rouge Broadway Musical Shubert Alley Poster

Moulin Rouge

Tina Shubert Alley Broadway Musical Poster


Best Play

Grand Horizons Shubert Alley Poster Broadway

Grand Horizons

The Inheritance Shubert Alley Poster Broadway

The Inheritance

Sea Wall/ A Life

Slave Play Marquee On Broadway

Slave Play

The Sound Inside

Best Revival of a Musical

The category does not exist this year due to COVID19 eligibility rules.

Best Revival of a Play


Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Broadway Revival 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

A Soldier's Play Poster Broadway Revival

A Soldier's Play

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Karen Olivo-Moulin Rouge

Elizabeth Stanley-Jagged Little Pill

Adrienne Warren-Tina

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Aaron Tveit-Moulin Rogue

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Ian Bradford-Linda Vista

Andrew Burnap-The Inheritance

Jake Gyllenhaal-Sea Wall/ A Life

Tom Hiddleston-Betrayal

Tom Sturridge-Sea Wall/ A Life

Blair Underwood-A Soldier's Play

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Joaquina Kulakango-Slave Play

Laura Linney-My Name is Lucy Barton

Audra McDonald-Frankie and Johhny in the Clair de Lune

Mary-Louise Parker-The Sound Inside

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Danny Burstein-Moulin Rouge

Derek Klena Jagged Little Pill Broadway Stage Door

Derek Klena-Jagged Little Pill

Sahr Ngaujah-Moulin Rouge

Daniel J. Watts-Tina

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Kathryn Gallagher-Jagged Little Pill

Celia Rose Gooding at Jagged Little Pill Broadway Stage Door

Celia Rose Gooding-Jagged Little Pill

Robyn Hurder-Moulin Rouge

Lauren Patten At Jagged Little Pill Broadway Stage Door

Lauren Patten-Jagged Little Pill

Myra Lucretia Taylor-Tina

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Jane Alexander-Grand Horizons

Chalia La Tour-Slave Play

Annie McNamara-Slave Play

Lois Smith-The Inheritance

Cora Vander Broek-Linda Vista

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Ato Blankson-Wood-Slave Play

James Cusati-Moyer-Slave Play

David Alan Grier-A Soldier's Play

John Benjamin Hickey-The Inheritance

Paul Hiton-The Inheritance

Best Director of a Musical

Phyllida Llyod-Tina

Diana Palulus-Jagged Little Pill

Alex Timbers-Moulin Rouge

Best Director of a Play

David Cromer-The Sound Inside

Stephen Daldry-The Inheritance

Kenny Leon-A Soldier's Play

Jamie Lloyd-Betrayal

Robert O'Hara-Slave Play

Best Book of a Musical

Diablo Cody-Jagged Little Pill

Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins-Tina

John Logan-Moulin Rouge

Best Original Music

Paul Inglishby-The Inheritance

Lindsay Jones-Slave Play

Daniel Kluger-The Sound Inside

Christopher Nightingale-A Christmas Carol

Fitz Patton and Jason Michael Webb-The Rose Tattoo

Best Choreography

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui-Jagged Little Pill

Sonya Tayeh-Moulin Rouge

Anthony Van Laast-Tina

Best Orchestrations

Tom Kitt-Jagged Little Pill

Katie Kreskek, Justin Levin, Charlie Rosen, and Matt Stine-Moulin Rouge

Ethan Popp-Tina

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Riccardo Hernandez and Lucy MacKinnon-Jagged Little Pill

Derek McLane-Moulin Rouge

Mark Thompson and Jeff Sugg-Tina

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bob Crowley-The Inheritance

Soutra Gilmour-Betrayal

Rob Howell-A Christmas Carol

Derek McLane-A Soldier's Play

Clint Ramos-Slave Play

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Emily Rebholtz-Jagged Little Pill

Mark Thompson-Tina

Cathrine Zuber-Moulin Rouge

Best Costume Design of a Play

Dede Ayite-Slave Play

Dede Ayite-A Soldier's Play

Bob Crowley-The Inheritance

Rob Howell-A Christmas Carol

Clint Ramos-The Rose Tattoo

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bruno Poet-Tina

Justin Townsend-Jagged Little Pill

Justin Townsend-Moulin Rouge

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jiyoung Chang-Slave Play

Jon Clark-The Inheritance

Heather Gilbert-The Sound Inside

Allen Lee Hughes-A Soldier's Play

Hugh Vanstone-A Christmas Carol

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans-Jagged Little Pill

Peter Hylenski-Moulin Rouge

Nevin Steinberg-Tina

Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid-The Inheritance

Simon Baker-A Christmas Carol

Lindsay Jones-Slave Play

Daniel Kluger-Seas Wall/ A Life

Daniel Kluger-The Sound Inside


There were not a lot of shocks in this set of nominations. It is worth noting that The Lighting Thief did not recieve any nominations, in a season where it was one of four musicals and the only one with original music. The lack of a nomination of its lead actor gives the Tony Award automatically to Aaron Tveit, who was the only other person eligible. This will be his first award.

As we already knew one category does not exist this year, revival of a musical, due to the revivals not meeting the new eligibility requirements.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winner Aaron Tveit, and all the shows that were unable to be nominated. Theater will be back.