‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ Leads Tony Nominations

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The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, has nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations.

The nominations also made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.

The musicals up for the big prize in June are: “After Midnight,” ”A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” ”Aladdin,” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Shows that failed to make the cut include “Bullets Over Broadway,” ”Rocky,” ”If/Then” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

The best new play category has James Lapine’s “Act One,” Terrance McNally’s “Mothers and Sons,” Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,” John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina.”

The best play revival category includes “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” ”The Glass Menagerie,” ”A Raisin in the Sun” and “Twelfth Night.” There are only three options for best musical revival: “Violet,” ”Les Miserables” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

A decision by a Tony administrative panel last week made Alan Cumming ineligible for a lead acting musical prize in the revival of “Cabaret” because he already won the award for the same role in 1998.

Some 870 Tony voters – members of professional groups such as the Wing, the League, Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society – will decide the final awards, which will be handed out June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Only Broadway shows that opened in the 12 months ending on April 24 are eligible. (AP)

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‘South Park’ Boys Expected to Win Big at Tonys

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The creators of Cartman, Mr. Hankey and Big Gay Al are expected to win big at the Tonys, of all places.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “SouthPark” wrote “The Book of Mormon,” which is up for a leading 14 nominations.

It’s expected to win the biggest prize of best musical.

The acting nominees include Al Pacino,Edie Falco,FrancesMcDormand, Vanessa Redgrave and Ellen Barkin, but not Daniel Radcliffe, who was snubbed for his starring role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying.”

The Tonys will air on CBS Sunday night with Neil Patrick Harris as host.

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‘The Book of Mormon’ Leads Tony Award Nominations

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In this file theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad perform in “The Book of Mormon” at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York. “The Book of Mormon” has been a critical and box-office darling even without big-name stars and Tuesday’s Tony Award nominations could give it an extra boost.

NEW YORK — “The Book of Mormon” nabbed a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday morning, earning the profane musical nods for best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, two leading actor spots and two featured actor nominations, among others.

The second-highest nominations went to “The Scottsboro Boys,” a searing tale of 1930s injustice framed as a minstrel show. It received 12 nominations, including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score as well as a leading actor and two featured actor nods.

Among others who earned nominations were Al Pacino, who played Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice,” Vanessa Redgrave in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Edie Falco in “The House of Blue Leaves” and Ellen Barkin in “The Normal Heart.”

Some notable snubs included James Earl Jones in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Daniel Radcliffe in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and Aaron Tveit from “Catch Me If You Can.”

The Cole Porter comedy “Anything Goes” was nominated for nine awards, including best revival, best leading actress for Sutton Foster, a best featured role nomination for Adam Godley, best scenic and costume design.

“I’m very happy. I’m thrilled for our show,” said Kathleen Marshall, who picked up her sixth and seventh nominations for directing “Anything Goes” and its high-kicking choreography. “‘Anything Goes’ is one of those shows that is there to delight and entertain and transport the audience.”

“The Book of Mormon,” about two Mormon missionaries who find more than they bargained for in Africa, was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of Comedy Central’s irreverent “South Park,” and Robert Lopez, co-creator of the equally irreverent Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q.”

The trio teamed up with Casey Nicholaw, who co-directed with Parker and choreographed. Both won nominations for best direction and Nicholaw won a best choreography nomination. “Mormon” also earned its two missionaries — Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells — acting nominations as well as Nikki M. James for featured actress.

Of the 42 new productions this season, there were 14 musicals — 12 new ones and two revivals — and 25 plays, a whopping 16 of them brand new. The last time there were 16 new plays produced in a single season was 1986-87.

It is also shaping up to be a lucrative time for Broadway, with total box-office grosses already at more than $987,057,484, or 3.6 percent more than the same time last year. Attendance this season is at over 11.4 million, up 3 percent from this time last year.

The awards will be handed out June 12 at a new location: the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after producers lost their long-term space at Radio City Music Hall. It will be broadcast live by CBS.

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