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Sufjan Stevens Musical Illinoise Nominated for Finest Musical at 2024 Tony Awards

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The nominations for the 2024 Tony Awards have been introduced. The nominees for this yr’s ceremony, which takes place June 16, embrace Illinoise, the dance-musical by Justin Peck based mostly on Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 album, Illinois, which is up for Finest Musical, in addition to Finest Lighting Design, Finest Choreography, and Finest Orchestrations. Regardless of closely that includes his music, Illinoise’s nominations don’t prolong to Stevens himself.

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Broadway musical Right here Lies Love, in regards to the Philippines’ former first woman Imelda Marcos and the Folks Energy Revolution, has additionally been nominated in 4 classes (Finest Authentic Rating, Finest Scenic Design, Finest Sound Design, and Finest Choreography). Alicia Keys, in the meantime, is up for a number of awards for the musical Hell’s Kitchen, which options songs from her catalog and is loosely based mostly on her life; it’s the most-nominated manufacturing at this yr’s Tonys with 13 nominations.

Illinoise premiered on Broadway in a restricted engagement simply final week after earlier runs at Bard School’s Fisher Heart, Park Avenue Armory, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Justin Peck, who’s formally nominated for Finest Choreography, mentioned in a press release: “I’m utterly awe-stunned by this information. Illinoise started as only a quiet whisper of an thought, and has grown over time by means of the religion and nourishment of the inventive workforce surrounding it. I thank them for his or her unwavering belief on this imaginative and prescient. We’re simply so thrilled for this recognition and that we will proceed to share this musical with audiences.”

Timo Andres, the Finest Orchestration nominee for Illinoise, mentioned: “It’s been an honor to work on Illinoise and assist Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury shepherd Sufjan Steven’s fantastic songs from album to stage. I’m indebted to music director Nathan Koci, sound designer Garth MacAleavey and the stellar Illinoise band, who make the rating come alive in essentially the most stunning, heartfelt method evening after evening. This recognition is as a lot theirs as mine. I’m excited for audiences to listen to them over the approaching months.”

As well as, Orin Wolf, an Illinoise producer and formal nominee for Finest Musical, acknowledged: “I’m so completely satisfied for Justin, Jackie, Timo, and your entire Illinoise household. We love what’s taking place on the St. James and I hope this recognition continues to carry extra individuals to the theater.”

Right here Lies Love wrapped up its Broadway engagement final November after a July opening; it adopted an album launched in 2010 that includes music from the present and an intensive Off Broadway run all through the 2010s. Hell’s Kitchen, a collaboration between Keys and playwright Kristoffer Diaz, premiered final yr Off Broadway on the Public Theater in New York; it has since premiered on Broadway.

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