Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger nominated for Tonys

28th May 2008 | 17:29

Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger nominated for Tonys

"Very exciting, very surprising"

It took four-and-a-half years, but all the hard work paid off for Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger - he was just nominated for two Tonys for his involvement with Broadway's Cry-Baby: The Musical.

"It's very exciting and also very surprising," Schlesinger says. "We were a bit of a dark horse so everybody involved with the show is really excited about it. It's a great honor and it's very exciting."

Schlesinger was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Musical with collaborator David Javerbaum, executive producer of The Daily Show. This marks the first time Schlesinger has scored for Broadway. He received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the title song to the Tom Hanks's film That Thing You Do! and Fountains of Wayne was nominated for two Grammy Awards. He said writing for a musical is similar to the work he did on Hanks's movie.

"The biggest difference is Broadway is very collaborative," Schlesinger says. "It's really about everyone working together. Even if you write something that you think is great, you may have to change it because [the choreography may change]. It's a constant push and pull between all the different departments."

By Joe Bosso

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