‘Allegiance’ Shut Out of Tonys, Does Well in BroadwayWorld.com Voting


Lea Salonga and George Takei in a scene from "Allegiance."

Lea Salonga and George Takei in a scene from “Allegiance.”

NEW YORK — The nominees for the 70th annual Tony Awards were announced on May 3, and “Allegiance” — a new musical about the Japanese American World War II experience — was not among them.

As expected, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” received a record number of nominations, 16. In the Best Musical category, “Hamilton” will compete with “Bright Star,” “Waitress,” “School of Rock — The Musical,” and “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.”

Earlier this year, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, who played siblings Kei and Sam in “Allegiance,” were considered eligible for best leading actress/actor in a musical, but the nominations went to: Actor — Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson, “Hamilton”; Brandon Victor Dixon, “Shuffle Along”; Christopher Fitzgerald, “Waitress.” Actress — Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple”; Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”; Jane Krakowski, “She Loves Me”; Jennifer Simard, “Disaster!”: Adrienne Warren, “Shuffle Along.”

Salonga, who returned to Broadway for the first time in a decade for “Allegiance,” won a Tony in 1991 for playing Kim in the musical “Miss Saigon.”

“Waitress” received four Tony nods, but cast member Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is the New Black”) was not nominated.

Donyale Werle and Darrel Maloney were considered eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work in “Allegiance,” but the nominations went to: Es Devlin and Finn Ross, “American Psycho”; David Korins, “Hamilton”; Santo Loquasto, “Shuffle Along”; David Rockwell, “She Loves Me.”

“Allegiance,” actor/activist George Takei’s passion project, closed on Feb. 14 after 37 previews and 113 regular performances. It was not the only musical snubbed by the Tonys; “Amazing Grace” also got zero nominations. “Tuck Everlasting,” “Disaster!” and “On Your Feet!” only got one nomination each.

The Tonys ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on June 12.

BroadwayWorld.com Awards

Fans of “Allegiance” can show their love by voting for the 2016 BroadwayWorld.com Awards (www.broadwayworld.com/vote.cfm). Voting will continue until May 31 and winners will be announced on June 3.

Results as of May 27 include the following, listing only contenders in double digits. (Note: These are unaudited numbers. Results will be audited at the conclusion of the voting process to remove fake, duplicate and other invalid votes.)

Best Musical — “Hamilton,” 42 percent; “Allegiance,” 37 percent

Broadway’s Backbone Best Musical Ensemble — “Allegiance,” 37 percent; “Hamilton,” 26 percent

Best Leading Actor in a Musical — Telly Leung (“Allegiance”), 37 percent; Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”), 19 percent; Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), 17 percent

Best Featured Actor in a Musical — George Takei (“Allegiance”), 39 percent; Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”), 14 percent

Best Leading Actress in a Musical — Lea Salonga (“Allegiance”), 42 percent; Phillipa Soo (“Hamilton”), 14 percent; Cynthia Erivo (“The Color Purple”), 11 percent

Best Featured Actress in a Musical — Katie Rose Clarke (“Allegiance”), 35 percent; Renee Elise Goldsberry (“Hamilton”), 19 percent

Best Direction of a Musical — Stafford Arima (“Allegiance”), 37 percent; Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”), 27 percent; Michael Arden (“Spring Awakening”), 10 percent

Best Book of a Musical — Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione (“Allegiance”), 38 percent; Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), 37 percent.

Best Choreography — Andrew Palermo (“Allegiance”), 33 percent; Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”), 22 percent

Best Costume Design — Alejo Vietti (“Allegiance”), 35 percent; Paul Tazewell (“Hamilton”), 23 percent

Best Lighting Design — Howell Binkley (“Allegiance”), 35 percent; Howell Binkley (“Hamilton”), 18 percent

Best Orchestrations — Lynne Shankel (“Allegiance”), 31 percent; Alex Lacamoire (“Hamilton”), 31 percent

Best Score — Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), 39 percent; Jay Kuo (“Allegiance”), 35 percent; Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”), 12 percent

Best Scenic Design — Donyale Werle and Darrel Maloney (“Allegiance”), 35 percent; David Korins (“Hamilton”), 15 percent

Best Sound Design of a Musical — Kai Harada (“Allegiance”), 38 percent; Nevin Steinberg (“Hamilton”), 25 percent



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