Australian actor, musician and comedian Eddie Perfect has received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for Beetlejuice. Despite opening to highly mixed reviews, the musical has scooped up eight nominations, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman) and Best Book (Scott Brown and Anthony King).

Beetlejuice, Broadway, Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso in  Beetlejuice . Photo © Matthew Murphy

Australian Peter England was nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for King Kong, for which Perfect also wrote the songs. Produced by Australian company Global Creatures, King Kong(which premiered originally in Melbourne) received similarly divisive reviews when the reworked American production opened last year. It has received three nominations including Best Sound Design in a Musical (Peter Hylenski) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Peter Mumford).

The musical Hadestown, a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with a folk, jazz and blues score, leads the pack this year with 14 nominations. As well as Best Musical, it has received nods for Best Performance by an Actress (Eva Noblezada), Best Book (Anaïs Mitchell) and Best Original Score (Anaïs Mitchell). Hadestownis closely followed by jukebox...

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