A Strange Loop is leading the way at this year’s Tony Awards, with 11 nominations across the night’s biggest categories.
The meta-musical Broadway show is about a Black and gay composer who faces challenges as he tries to write a show.
It received nods in categories including best musical, best direction of a musical and best actor in a musical, with Michael R. Jackson, it’s Black queer writer and composter, being nominated for best book of a musical and best score.
L Morgan Lee was nominated in the featured actress in a musical category, becoming the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for a Tony, Playbill reported.
“I can’t stop crying,” she wrote on Twitter after nominations were revealed on 9 May.
Speaking to the aforementioned outlet, she added: “My mind isn’t processing that this is real.
“This nomination is SO much bigger than me. I hope someone will see this moment and feel like they can go on.”
I can't stop crying.
— L Morgan Lee (@lmorgan_lee) May 9, 2022
A Strange Loop was not the only show with LGBTQ+ themes to be recognised by the Tonys.
Company, which includes a married gay couple, scored nine nominations, with Six, a queer retelling of Henry VIII’s six wives, nabbing eight.
The Tony Awards will air on 12 June at 8pm ET and will be hosted by Ariana DeBose.
The full list of nominees can be found here.