Green Day are now officially a Tony-nominated band: The trio’s new Broadway production of American Idiot picked up three nods when nominations for the 64th Annual Tony Awards were announced this morning. This year’s ceremony will air live on CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 13th.
Fela!, the original musical based on the life of African legend Fela Kuti whose backers include Jay-Z, tied for the most nominations across the board with 11. Memphis, featuring music and lyrics by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, scored eight nominations, and Million Dollar Quartet, about a one-time-only recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, received three.
All four shows are nominated for Best Musical. Since the bulk of Idiot and Fela!‘s music was not created specifically for the stage productions, the Tony Awards administration committee ruled last week the scores for these shows are not eligible for best score nominations.
Several theater blogs, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times , as well as EW are also noting American Idiot secured fewer nods than predicted; the show’s two other nominations are for scenic and sound design, and the production didn’t receive any recognition for its director, choreographer or actors and actresses.
Despite the rise in the number of rock musicals on Broadway, the majority of this year’s nominees are movie and TV stars who took the stage during the 2009-2010 season, including Denzel Washington (Fences), Jude Law (Hamlet), Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music ) and Scarlett Johansson (A View From the Bridge).
At last year’s Tony Awards, Poison’s Bret Michaels was infamously hit in the head by a moving set piece after performing with the cast of Rock of Ages. Michaels later criticized the show for “irresponsible” statements after the accident, but declined to sue.