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‘Passing Strange’ Leads BMI Tony Award Nominees

Posted in News on May 13, 2008

The nominees for the 62nd Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards were announced May 13, with BMI composers and lyricists once again leading the way in Broadway’s most prestigious awards ceremony, scheduled for June 15 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Leading in nominations are Stew (Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald, co-creators of Passing Strange, a rock-oriented, atypical Broadway hit. The duo have been nominated for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, while Stew received nods for Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Passing Strange also received a Best Musical nomination and was also recently awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

Award-winning composer and pianist Alan Menken is up for Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid; lyricist Mark O’Donnell received a Best Book of a Musical nod for Cry-Baby, as did playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes for In The Heights.

Additional recognition goes to songwriter John Farrar for his contributions to Xanadu, which received a Best Musical nod.