Red, John Logans two-man play about Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko's travails in the late 1950s to complete his famous Seagram mural commission, has been selected as one of the nominees for this year's Tony Award for Best Play.
The other finalists that the 700 voters of the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League will have the chance to pick from are Sarah Ruhls In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Geoffrey Nauffts Next Fall, and Donald Margulies Time Stands Still.
Red's Alfred Molina also garnered a nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his volcanically cerebral portrayal of Rothko, while Eddie Redmayne was selected as a nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. In addition, the play earned nods in the categories for Best Direction, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Scenic Design — the last for its set, which includes a handful of faux Rothko paintings.
In the Best Musical category, the award organizers selected Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, American Idiot, and Fela!, which tells the story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, who is said to be the subject of video artist Steve McQueens next film.
The Tony Award winners will be announced in a live telecast on Sunday, June 13.