Cate Blanchett has been nominated for a Tony Award in the US for her role in The Present, the Sydney Theatre Company production that opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York on 8 January this year.
The awards, which recognise excellence in liveBroadway theatre, will be presented on 11 June.
For the Best Leading Actress in a Play award, Cate is up against Sally Field inThe Glass Menagerie, Laura Linney inThe Little Foxes, Jennifer Ehle inOslo and Laurie Metcalf in A Doll’s House, Part 2.
This version of The Present, adapted by Andrew Upton in 2015, is based on an early, untitled play by Anton Chekhov that remained unpublished until 1923, nearly two decades after the playwright’s death.
According to The New York Times, it’s now up to the voters. Over the next five weeks, they must finish seeing all the nominated shows, and then have until June 9 to submit their ballots.
About 840 people are eligible to cast ballots—theatre investors and producers, actors, directors, designers, journalists etc. ‘Many of them have financial interests in one or more of the nominated productions’, it says.
On the strength of the reviews alone, AMPAG reckons Cate is a shoo-in:
The excellence of the entire acting company of thirteen makes it abundantly clear why the US producers went to the expense of importing them from Australia... A grand present for those in search of theatrical lightning. —The Huffington Post
The spirit of Chekhovians farce shines bright, and the ensemble work of this Aussie company is just grand ... Is it too soon to ask them back?—Variety
A tantalizing adaptation, both very funny and very moving. —The Philadelphia Inquirer
Blanchett and this splendid company need no help with the fireworks. —Newsday
A high-octane, brilliantly performed production. —NorthJersey.com
This is currently the most stunning ensemble on a New York stage. —Lighting and Sound America