Theatrical Musings
“Once” Leads Tony Nominations With 11 Nods
By LaDale Anderson
May 5, 2012 - 2:09:20 PM

HOLLYWOOD—The nominations for the 66th annual Tony Awards were announced by actress Kristin Chenoweth and actor Jim Parsons on Tuesday, May 1. Leading the pack was the musical “Once” with 11 nominations including Best Musical. Following close behind are the musicals “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” with 10 nominations each.

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"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" with 10 nominations at Tony Awards
 

“Once” will face stiff competition in the Best Musical category alongside “Leap of Faith,” “Newsies” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Contenders for Best Play include “ Claybourne Park,” “Other Desert Cities,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Venus in Fur.”

 

Up for the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play are James Earl Jones in “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” Frank Langella in “Man and Boy,” John Lithgow in “The Columnist,” James Corden in “One Man, Two Guvnors” and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.” With such stiff competition, each nominee is deserving of the award. 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical include co-stars Danny Burstein and Ron Raines who are both nominated for their work in “Follies,” Norm Lewis for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” Jeremy Jordan for “Newsies” and Steve Kazee for “Once.” Kazee definitely has the momentum going into the ceremony so for him to win would not be a surprise.

 

Nina Arianda, Tracie Bennett, Stockard Channing, Cynthia Nixon and Linda Lavin will compete for the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. Competing for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical are Audra McDonald in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” Kelli O’Hara in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Laura Osnes in “Bonnie & Clyde,” Cristin Millioti in “Once” and Jan Maxwell in “Follies.”

 

Nominees for Best Direction of a Play include Nicholas Hytner for “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Mike Nichols for “Death of a Salesman,” Roger Rees and Alex Timbers for “Peter and the Starcatcher” and Pam MacKinnon for “Claybourne Park.”  Best Direction of a Musical is a group of critical favorites that include Jeff Calhoun for “Newsies,” John Tiffany for “Once,” Diane Paulus for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and Kathleen Marshall for “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

 

Michael Cervis for “Evita,” David Alan Grier for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” Josh Young for “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Michael McGrath for “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and Phillip Boykin for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” will do battle in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

 

The talent competing for the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play includes powerhouses like Judith Light in “Other Desert Cities,” Condola Rashad in “Stick Fly,” Cella Keenan-Bolger in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Linda Emond in “Death of a Salesman” and Spencer Kayden in “Don’t Dress For Dinner.”   

 

Elizabeth A. Davis, Jesse Mueller, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Judy Kaye and Jayne Houdyshell are all vying for the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.  “The Amazing Spiderman” star Andrew Garfield is a Tony nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his turn in “Death of a Salesman.” He faces stiff competition from Christian Borle in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Tom Edden in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Jeremy Shamos in “Claybourne Park” and Michael Cumpsty in “End of the Rainbow.” 

 

The ceremony will be hosted by “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris who was spectacular as host at last year’s ceremony. So audiences should expect another entertaining show that viewers will be talking about for days. The 66th Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. Who reigned supreme in theatre this year?  Let your voice be heard.



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