'Atlanta' Star Brian Tyree Henry Nominated for a Tony Along With T.I., John Legend, 'SpongeBob' Musical

While 'Mean Girls' and 'SpongeBob' lead with 12 nominations each, Michael Cera, T.I., Denzel Washington and Paper Boi himself garnered noms as well.

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The 2018 Tony Award nominations have arrived, and while Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical are clearly leading with 12 nominations each, Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry and his Lobby Boy co-star Michael Cera garnered nominations, as well. Other notable nominees include T.I., Denzel Washington, John Legend, Amy Schumer, Andrew Garfield, the brand new Frozen and the U.S. import of London's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two

Potter garnered 10 nominations, with Angels in America breaking Tony records with 11 nominations—the most ever nominations for a non-musical play in the institution’s history. The Band’s Visit, an original musical based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, and the revival of Carousel, received 11 nominations each, as well. My Fair Lady scored 10 while The Iceman Cometh, starring Denzel Washington, received eight. 

While Tina Fey is crushing it here with her stage adaptation of her 2004 comedy classic Mean Girls, the $35 million Harry Potter play has been sold out since its Broadway debut last month to nothing but critical acclaim and satisfied audiences. Andrew Garfield was nominated for his lead role in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, with Michael Cera and Bryan Tyree Henry—Paper Boi himself—were both nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role for their work in the Kenneth Lonergan–penned Lobby Hero. Amy Schumer is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a play for her work in Meteor Shower

In terms of music, there are quite a few significant nominees this year, mainely recognized for their contributions to SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, the Flaming Lips, Panic! at the Disco, They Might Be Giants, John Legend, T.I., Domani & Lil’ C are all collectively nominated for Best Original Score.


The nominations—which you can read in full here—were announced by Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr. at Lincoln Center Tuesday morning. The ceremony will air on June 10 on CBS and take place at Radio City Music Hall, with Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles serving as hosts. 

While Bruce Springsteen’s solo show is ineligible for nominations and awards as it opted out of the race, the rock 'n' roll icon will receive the honorary Special Tony Award recognition during the ceremony, in addition to actor and comedian John Leguizamo.

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