Tony Awards to Honor Sheldon Harnick – Multiple BMI Nominees Announced

Posted in News on May 4, 2016
Pictured: Sheldon Harnick
Pictured: Sheldon Harnick

The Tony nominations are out and several BMI affiliates are on the top of the list for their work on Broadway! Included in the names to receive bravos is Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony-winner Sheldon Harnick, whose musicals Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me are again up for 2016 Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical. Harnick is also being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Theatre Wing, creator of the prestigious Tony Awards. Doubling up on the effort to recognize this musical theatre luminary is a similar Drama Desk award to be presented to Harnick this year by that illustrious organization. (Fiddler and She Loves Me are also up for Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival).

Harnick, who collaborated with BMI composer Jerry Bock on both Fiddler and She Loves Me, as well as Fiorello (which won the Pulitzer), The Apple Tree and The Rothschilds, has spent more than six decades working in New York theatre, amassing an incredible 31 Broadway productions. Fiddler alone has been staged 10,000 times since the mid-1990s, heightening the lyricist’s global success and showcasing why he’s receiving some of the highest honors of anyone on Broadway.

Catch the Tonys live on CBS Sunday, June 12, at 8:00 Eastern. Congratulations to all the BMI affiliates who received nominations. Here’s the complete list:

Best Revival of a Musical
Fiddler on the Roof – Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
She Loves Me – Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater
The Color Purple – Allee Willis

Best Revival of a Play
A View From the Bridge – Arthur Miller
The Crucible – Arthur Miller

Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton

Best Choreography
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Sheldon Harnick


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