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‘Once’ leads 2012 Tony Awards nominations

Rappler.com
Musical based on award-winning movie nabs 11 nods

A scene from the Broadway musical "Once." Photo courtesy of the "Once" official page on Facebook.

MANILA, Philippines – Nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards, one of the major awards in the world of theater, were announced on Tuesday, May 1.

Leading the pack is the love story “Once,” a musical based on the Oscar-winning film of the same title, with 11 nominations, including one for best musical.

“Once” tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant “drawn together by their shared love of music,” according to the musical’s official website.

The musicals “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” meanwhile, have 10 nominations each; the play “Peter and the Starcatcher” meanwhile has 9.

This year, 30 out of 37 eligible Broadway shows had at least one nomination, which the New York Times noted a “greater spread” compared to previous Tony nominations. For example, last year, the musical comedy “The Book Of Mormon” had 14 nominations, eventually winning 9.

However, there were notable absences in the nominees’ list: the multimillion-dollar “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” only had 2 nods, while some bold-face names such as Angela Lansbury, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Martin, Matthew Broderick, Bernadette Peters, and even Bono and the Edge of U2 are out of the race. 

Formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, the awards are given to outstanding Broadway performances and productions since 1947. It is administered by the Tony Awards Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The awards ceremonies will be on June 10 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting for a third time.

The list of nominees for the major categories are here:

Best Play

  • “Clybourne Park” (Author: Bruce Norris)
  • “Other Desert Cities” (Author: Jon Robin Baitz)
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher” (Author: Rick Elice)
  • “Venus in Fur” (Author: David Ives)


Best Musical

  • “Leap of Faith”
  • “Newsies”
  • “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
  • “Once”


Best Revival of a Play

  • “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
  • “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”
  • “Master Class”
  • “Wit”


Best Revival of a Musical

  • “Evita”
  • “Follies”
  • “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
  • “Jesus Christ Superstar”


Best Book of a Musical

  • “Lysistrata Jones,” Douglas Carter Beane
  • “Newsies,” Harvey Fierstein
  • “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Joe DiPietro
  • “Once,” Enda Walsh


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

  • “Bonnie & Clyde,” Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black
  • “Newsies,” Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman
  • “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Music & Lyrics by Grant Olding
  • “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Music by Wayne Barker, Lyrics by Rick Elice


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

  • James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
  • James Earl Jones, “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”
  • Frank Langella, “Man and Boy”
  • John Lithgow, “The Columnist”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

  • Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur”
  • Tracie Bennett, “End of the Rainbow”
  • Stockard Channing, “Other Desert Cities”
  • Linda Lavin, “The Lyons”
  • Cynthia Nixon, “Wit”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Danny Burstein, “Follies”
  • Jeremy Jordan, “Newsies”
  • Steve Kazee, “Once”
  • Norm Lewis, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
  • Ron Raines, “Follies”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Jan Maxwell, “Follies”
  • Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
  • Cristin Milioti, “Once”
  • Kelli O’Hara, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
  • Laura Osnes, “Bonnie & Clyde”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • Michael Cumpsty, “End of the Rainbow”
  • Tom Edden, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
  • Andrew Garfield, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
  • Jeremy Shamos, “Clybourne Park”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

  • Linda Emond, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
  • Spencer Kayden, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
  • Celia Keenan-Bolger, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities”
  • Condola Rashad, “Stick Fly”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Phillip Boykin, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
  • Michael Cerveris, “Evita”
  • David Alan Grier, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
  • Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
  • Josh Young, “Jesus Christ Superstar”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Elizabeth A. Davis, “Once”
  • Jayne Houdyshell, “Follies”
  • Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
  • Jessie Mueller, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “Ghost the Musical”

 

A complete list of nominees are at the Tony Awards website. – Rappler.com

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