Another monumental two-part drama, a revival of "Angels in America", took 11 nominations, including best play revival, best actor Andrew Garfield and best featured actor for Nathan Lane as closeted conservative firebrand Roy Cohn. It's kind of hard to put into words.
London transplant Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Parts One and Two was nominated for 10 awards as was a Broadway revival of My Fair Lady re-interpreted for a #MeToo, post-feminist NY audience. "Broadway audiences are incomparable".
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a new play about the grown wizard and his troubled relationship with his teen-aged son, won 10 nominations, including best play and best actor for star Jamie Parker.
Best male acting nominations for a play include Denzel Washington, starring in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's epic "The Iceman Cometh".
"Junk" received one other nomination, for Ben Stanton's lighting design.
Ridloff, a deaf actress making her Broadway debut in the Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's 1979 play, paid tribute to Phyllis Frelich, who pioneered the part in 1980 and won a Tony in the same role. Other contenders up for that nomination are Lobby Hero, Three Tall Women, The Iceman Cometh, and Travesties. "I just keep my focus on telling Sarah's story - that is the most important thing to me at the end of the day".
Ayad Akhtar's "Junk" and John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons" - both of which originated at La Jolla Playhouse - were nominated in the best-play category.
The show's only nods aside from Best Musical were Best Book for Jennifer Lee and Best Score for Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Bruce Springsteen has an Oscar and 20 Grammys, and now he's going to add a Tony Award to his collection.