There was more suspense than usual in this year's hotly contested Tony Awards nomination race. So who came out ahead and who lost out?
Mostly a rash of Hollywood thespians hitting Broadway: Daniel Radcliffe, Denzel Washington, James Franco and "Cabaret" star Michelle Williams were left off the nominations list, along with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (“No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot”), Zachary Quinto (“Glass Menagerie”), Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (“Betrayal”), Orlando Bloom (“Romeo and Juliet”), Debra Messing (“Outside Mullingar”) and the entire cast of “The Realistic Joneses”: Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tony-winner Tracy Letts.
Among those scoring nominations were Neil Patrick Harris ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), lead actor Chris O’Dowd (“Of Mice and Men"), Tony Shalhoub ("Act One"), and Bryan Cranston as LBJ in "All the Way"--who is getting closer to the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Time to release a single!
Among the Hollywood to Broadway musicals, "Rocky," "Big Fish," "Bridges of Madison County" and Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" did not land a coveted Best Musical nomination. "Bullets" was slammed by the New York Times, but did pick up nominations for Allen for Best Book of a Musical, featured actor Nick Cordero, scenic designer Santo Loquasto, costume designer William Ivey Long, orchestrator Doug Besterman, and choreographer Susan Stroman--but shockingly the Tony-winner ("The Producers") did not land a director nod.
Going into the nominations, among the costly new Broadway musicals only “Aladdin,” “If/Then” and “Beautiful” were selling well, while comparatively better-reviewed “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and “After Midnight” suffered anemic attendance.
Thus Tony Awards nominations leader, new musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” with ten, has much to gain as leader of the pack--it even nabbed two competing nominations for lead musical actor. Nabbing seven nominations each were new musicals “After Midnight,” a Cotton Club revue which needs a box office boost, while hit Carole King biography “Beautiful” continues full steam ahead with lead actress nominee Jessie Mueller. The latest Disney animation-to-stage musical “Aladdin” also enhanced its already strong marquee draw with five nominations. "If/Then" did score a lead actress nod for Idina Menzel.
Strong competition in the lead actor race will come from Harris, flamboyant star of musical revival “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which scored eight nominations. There were only three musical revival nods, reflecting new Tony rules. “Violet” scored four nominations and long-legged boffo performer “Les Miserables” three, while Sam Mendes' latest mounting of "Cabaret" starring Williams was snubbed--it had won the Tony with the same staging back in 1998.
Among the play revivals, “Twelfth Night” and long overlooked “The Glass Menagerie” took seven nominations. “The Cripple of Inishmaan" starring Radcliffe took six, and “A Raisin in the Sun” produced by Scott Rudin and starring Washington, five.
The new play category was led by Tony Shalhoub vehicle “Act One” with five nominations, followed by Harvey Fierstein's “Casa Valentina” with four and Cranston vehicle “All the Way” with two, while Tyne Daly starrer “Mothers and Sons” and John Patrick Shanley's “Outside Mullingar” each took one.
Hugh Jackman showed up for the nominations to promo his latest turn as the host of the Tony awards show on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.
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