Toronto-born production designer Peter Nigrini earns Tony nom

Actor Myles Frost and the rest of the cast of Broadway's "MJ the Musical," are shown in a handout photo.

Toronto-born production designer Peter Nigrini has been nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway musical “MJ.”

Alongside American set designer Derek McLane, Nigrini picked up a nod for best scenic design of a musical.

The nominations were announced early Monday morning, with “A Strange Loop” leading the pack with 11 nominations, followed closely behind by “MJ” and “Paradise Square” with 10 nominations each.

“MJ” tells the story of legendary American singer Michael Jackson and centres on the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, featuring his music.

The production was directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon with a book by Lynn Nottage.

Nigrini is known for his work on 2016’s “Dear Evan Hansen,” and he previously received nominations for his work on 2019 productions “Ain’t Too Proud” and “Beetlejuice.”

The Tony Awards will take place on June 12.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2022.

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