J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell, Gender Nonconforming Performers, Earn Tony Nominations
Even as gender id has turn out to be an more and more politicized topic in a polarized America, Broadway exhibits are that includes a rising variety of gender nonconforming performers, and two of them scored Tony nods Tuesday morning.
J. Harrison Ghee, one of many stars of a musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot,” was nominated in the perfect main actor in a musical class. And Alex Newell, who performs a whiskey distiller within the nation musical “Shucked,” was nominated in the perfect featured actor in a musical class.
Both performers use he/she/they pronouns, and each agreed to be thought of as actors (fairly than actresses) for Tony functions.
Another gender nonconforming performer on Broadway this season, Justin David Sullivan of “& Juliet,” opted out of awards consideration, fairly than selecting between the actor and actress classes.