Adam Driver and Bryan Cranston will compete against each other to be named Best Actor at the 2019 Tony Awards.
The Star Wars star was revealed as a Best Actor nominee for his role in Broadway play Burn This when the nominations were announced on Tuesday (30Apr19), while the former Breaking Bad star was nominated for his role in Network, for which he has already won an Olivier Award in the U.K.
They will also compete against Jeff Daniels for To Kill a Mockingbird, Paddy Considine for The Ferryman, and Jeremy Pope for Choir Boy.
The nominees for Best Actress in a play include Laurie Metcalf, for her portrayal of former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Hillary and Clinton, Annette Bening for All My Sons, Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery's Elaine May, Bernhardt/Hamlet's Janet McTeer, and Heidi Schreck for What the Constitution Means to Me.
Schreck’s production also scored a nomination for Best Play, alongside The Ferryman, Ink, Choir Boy, and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, while the nominees for Best Revival of a Play include All My Sons, The Waverly Gallery, Burn This, The Boys in the Band, and Torch Song.
The musical adaptation of Tim Burton's cult movie Beetlejuice received a nod for Best Musical, alongside Tootsie, The Prom, Hadestown, and The Temptations jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud. The competition for Best Revival of a Musical is a race between Oklahoma! and Kiss Me, Kate.
Notable nominees in the musical acting categories include Stephanie J. Block, for her portrayal of music legend Cher in The Cher Show, and theatre veteran Kelli O'Hara for Kiss Me, Kate.
The 73rd Tony Awards will be hosted by James Corden on 9 June at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
What the Constitution Means to Me
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ain't Too Proud
Best Revival of a Play:
All My Sons
The Waverly Gallery
The Boys in the Band
Best Revival of a Musical:
Kiss Me, Kate
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Jeff Daniels - To Kill a Mockingbird
Bryan Cranston - Network
Paddy Considine - The Ferryman
Adam Driver - Burn This
Jeremy Pope - Choir Boy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Elaine May - The Waverly Gallery
Laurie Metcalf - Hillary and Clinton
Annette Bening - All My Sons
Laura Donnelly - The Ferryman
Janet McTeer - Bernhardt/Hamlet
Heidi Schreck - What the Constitution Means to Me
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Santino Fontana - Tootsie
Damon Daunno - Oklahoma!
Brooks Ashmanskas - The Prom
Alex Brightman - Beetlejuice
Derrick Baskin - Ain't Too Proud
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Stephanie J. Block - The Cher Show
Beth Leavel - The Prom
Kelli O'Hara - Kiss Me, Kate
Eva Noblezada - Hadestown
Caitlin Kinnunen - The Prom
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Bertie Carvel - Ink
Robin De Jesus - The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick - To Kill a Mockingbird
Brandon Uranowitz - Burn This
Benjamin Walker - All My Sons
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Fionnula Flanagan - The Ferryman
Celia Keenan-Bolger - To Kill a Mockingbird
Kristine Nielsen - Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Julie White - Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ruth Wilson - King Lear
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Andre De Shields - Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen - Tootsie
Patrick Page - Hadestown
Jeremy Pope - Ain't Too Proud
Ephraim Sykes - Ain't Too Proud
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Lilli Cooper - Tootsie
Amber Gray - Hadestown
Sarah Stiles - Tootsie
Ali Stroker - Oklahoma!
Mary Testa - Oklahoma!
Best Direction of a Play:
Rupert Goold - Ink
Sam Mendes - The Ferryman
Bartlett Sher - To Kill a Mockingbird
Ivo van Hove - Network
George C. Wolfe - Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Best Direction of a Musical:
Rachel Chavkin - Hadestown
Scott Ellis - Tootsie
Daniel Fish - Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff - Ain't Too Proud
Casey Nicholaw - The Prom