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BMI Broadway Composers Sweep Tony Score Nominations

Posted in News on May 5, 2011
Robert Lopez attends the 5th Annual Tony Awards meet the nominees press reception at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 4, 2011 in New York City.
Robert Lopez attends the 5th Annual Tony Awards meet the nominees press reception at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 4, 2011 in New York City. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America

BMI’s deep-rooted tradition of acclaimed musical theatre grew even deeper as the nominees were announced for the 2011 Tony Awards. Every nominee in the Tony’s prestigious Best Original Score category was penned by a BMI composer, and from breakout hit The Book of Mormon, which with 14 nods leads the overall list of nominees, to beloved musical The Scottsboro Boys, which earned a resounding 12 nominations, BMI’s musical theatre family dominates the roll call of the year’s best.

Composer, lyricist and writer Robert Lopez garnered two nods, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical for The Book of Mormon. Other BMI greats competing for Best Original Score include Alan Menken for Sister Act, Kander and Ebb for The Scottsboro Boys, and David Yazbek for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Esteemed orchestrator and BMI composer Larry Hochman also earned two nominations, both in the Best Orchestrations field: one for The Book of Mormon and another for The Scottsboro Boys.

The 65th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. EST. For more information, visit tonyawards.com.

2011 Tony Awards
BMI Nominees

Best Original Score
Robert Lopez
Book of Mormon
Kander and Ebb
The Scottsboro Boys
Alan Menken
Sister Act
David Yazbek
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Orchestrations
Larry Hochman
The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman
The Book of Mormon

Best Book of a Musical
Robert Lopez
The Book of Mormon