The Heidi Chronicles
On Broadway

Awards & Nominations

Every major incarnation The Heidi Chronicles has managed to win some incredible awards; both Broadway runs, the film adaptation, and the script itself have all been celebrated by many different major institutions.

The 1988 Broadway debut of The Heidi Chronicles was, by most accounts, the most successful rendition of the play ever, as it walked away from award season with an amazing array of wins and nominations. First and foremost, the play won the “Pulitzer Prize for Drama,” which many consider to be the most prestigious award that a play can receive. Next, the play was nominated for five Tony awards, including “Best Actress,” “Best Featured Actor,” “Best Featured Actress,” “Best Scenic Design,” and “Best Design of a Play.” Surprisingly, the show only won a single Tony, and that was Boyd Gaines’ for “Best Featured Actor in a Play.” Meanwhile, at the Drama Desk Awards, the play won “Outstanding New Play” and “Outstanding Actor in a Play.” At those same awards, The Heidi Chronicles was nominated for the Drama Desk “Outstanding Actress,” “Outstanding Featured Actress,” “Outstanding Director,” and “Outstanding Design,” but did not win in those categories. Finally, the play received the highly coveted “New York Drama Critics’ Circle” award for Best Play.

Many were surprised that the play did not win more Tony awards, considering it won so many accolades from other major sources, but the range of awards which were granted to The Heidi Chronicles speaks volume for the success of that play’s massive success.

The Broadway Revival in 2015 saw considerably less success, but did manage to show up at the Tony Awards with one nomination. Elisabeth Moss’ portrayal of Heidi was, deservedly, nominated for the “Best Actress in a Play” award; unfortunately for Moss, she did not win the award. That was this version of the play’s only major award nomination after a run that made many question the script’s relevance in contemporary culture.

The made-for-TV movie did manage to win two fairly significant awards; Tom Hulce won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and won the same award at the CableACE Awards. The movie was also nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and Jamie Lee Curtis was nominated for the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film award.