- "Parade," a musical that sharply divided critics and audiences and closed in February after a short run, received nine nominations, more than any other show. Its competition for best musical will be "Fosse," a celebration of the dances of the late, great choreographer Bob Fosse; "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," a history of the blues, and "The Civil War," Frank Wildhorn's pop version of the Battle of the Blue and Gray.
- Nominated for best play were "Not About Nightingales," a prison drama written more than 60 years ago by Tennessee Williams; "Side Man," Warren Leight's portrait of a jazz musician and his family; "Closer," English playwright Patrick Marber's acerbic look at love and sex at the end of the century; and Martin McDonagh's "The Lonesome West," a black comedy about two battling brothers set in rural Ireland.
- The Tonys will be presented June 6.
Tony Nominees Announced
03/11/1999 AT 12:00 AM EST