"Miss Saigon" and "The Will Rogers Follies" each received 11 nominations Monday to lead the field for the 1991 Tony Awards, honoring the best of the Broadway season.
"Once on This Island" garnered eight nominations, and "The Secret Garden" got seven. "Our Country's Good" received six nominations.The nominees for best play were: "Six Degrees of Separation," John Guare's dark comedy of modern-day Manhattan; "Lost in Yonkers" Neil Simon's play about a family under the thumb of a tyrannical woman; the Hartford Stage production of "Our Country's Good," Timberlake Wertenbaker's drama of convicts in Australia, and "Shadowlands," William Nicholson's drama about English writer C.S. Lewis.
Nominated for best musical were "Miss Saigon," an updating of "Madame Butterfly" set during the Vietnam War; "The Secret Garden," based on the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett; "The Will Rogers Follies," Tommy Tune's extravagant recreation of the Ziegfeld Follies, and "Once on This Island," a Caribbean fairy tale about a peasant girl falling in love with a landowner's son.
"Miss Saigon" also picked up nominations for its two stars, Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. It was also cited for direction, Nicholas Hytner; book, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg; score, Boublil, Schonberg and Richard Maltby Jr.; supporting actors, Hinton Battle and Willy Falk; scenery, John Napier; lighting, David Hersey; and choreography, Bob Avian.
Tune, who already has won seven Tony Awards, was nominated for two more - as director and choreographer of "The Will Rogers Follies."
Nominations for best actor in a play went to Peter Frechette, "Our Country's Good"; Nigel Hawthorne, "Shadowlands"; Tom McGowan, "La Bete," and Courtney B. Vance, "Six Degrees of Separation."
The best-actress nominees were Stockard Channing, "Six Degrees of Separation"; Julie Harris, "Lucifer's Child"; Cherry Jones, "Our Country's Good," and Mercedes Ruehl, "Lost in Yonkers."
Besides Pryce, nominations for best actor-musical went to Keith Carradine, "The Will Rogers Follies"; Paul Hipp, "Buddy," and Topol, "Fiddler on the Roof."
Salonga's competition for best actress will be June Angela, "Shogun, The Musical"; Dee Hoty, "The Will Rogers Follies," and Cathy Rigby, "Peter Pan."
The winners will be announced June 2 during ceremonies at the Minskoff Theater. Julie Andrews and Jeremy Irons will serve as co-hosts for the show to be televised by CBS.
There will also be a special Tony Award for continued excellence by a regional theater presented to Yale Repertory Theatre.