Tony nominations: 'Once,' 'Porgy and Bess' lead the pack(Read article summary)
'Once,' the musical based off the Oscar-winning film, garnered the most Tony nominations of any musical, while the Peter Pan origin story 'Peter and the Starcatcher' earned the most for a play.
The nominations were announced by â€śBig Bang Theoryâ€ť star Jim Parsons, who will headline a Broadway production of â€śHarveyâ€ť in June, and â€śGCBâ€ť actress Kristin Chenoweth, who rose to Broadway fame when she originated the role of Galinda in the musical â€śWickedâ€ť and most recently starred in another musical, â€śPromises, Promises.â€ť
â€śThe Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,â€ť a revival of the classic musical that also drew controversy for changing some aspects of the show,Â receivedÂ 10 nominations, second only to "Once," whichÂ receivedÂ 11. The Peter Pan origin story â€śPeter and the Starcatcher,â€ť based on the childrenâ€™s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, earned the most nominations for a play, with 9.
Four shows are each nominated for the biggest awards for the Tonys, Best Play and Best Musical. In addition to â€śPeter,â€ť the plays â€śClybourne Park,â€ť â€śOther Desert Cities,â€ť and â€śVenus in Furâ€ť received nods for Best Play, while â€śLeap of Faith,â€ť â€śNice Work If You Can Get It,â€ť â€śNewsies,â€ť and â€śOnceâ€ť made the cut for Best Musical.
The two nominations for the famously troubled musical â€śSpider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,â€ť for costume design and set design, were viewed as a disappointing awards haul by some. â€śSpider-Manâ€ť didnâ€™t garner a nomination for Best Musical or one for its original score.
The Tonys separately recognize plays and musicals that were produced as revivals, and four of each made the cut this year. Best Revival of a Play nominees are â€śArthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman,â€ť â€śMaster Class,â€ť â€śWit,â€ť and â€śGore Vidalâ€™s The Best Man,â€ť while â€śThe Gershwinsâ€™ Porgy and Bess,â€ť â€śJesus Christ Superstar,â€ť â€śFollies,â€ť and â€śEvitaâ€ť earned nods for Best Revival of a Musical.
Those nominated for their acting work in a play include actor James Corden for Â â€śOne Man, Two Guvnorsâ€ť as well as James Earl Jones for â€śGore Vidalâ€™s The Best Man,â€ť John Lithgow for â€śThe Columnist,â€ť Frank Langella for â€śMan and Boy,â€ť and Philip Seymour Hoffman for â€śArthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman.â€ť
Actress Linda Lavin earned the only nod for the play â€śThe Lyonsâ€ť through her nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, along with Cynthia Nixon for â€śWit,â€ť Nina Arianda for â€śVenus in Fur,â€ť Stockard Channing for â€śOther Desert Cities,â€ť and Tracie Bennett for â€śEnd of the Rainbow.â€ť
For the Tony Awards, the categories of best â€śfeaturedâ€ť actors and actresses are roughly the equivalent of the Oscarsâ€™ best supporting actor and actress categories. For plays, â€śSpider-Manâ€ť star Andrew Garfield earned a nod for his work in â€śArthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman,â€ť joining fellow nominees Michael Cumpsty for â€śEnd of the Rainbow,â€ť Christian Borle for â€śPeter and the Starcatcher,â€ť Jeremy Shamos for â€śClybourne Park,â€ť and Tom Edden for â€śOne Man, Two Guvnors.â€ť
â€śDeath of a Salesmanâ€ť earned another nod with actress Linda Emondâ€™s nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. Also nominated were Judith Light for â€śOther Desert Cities,â€ť Celia Keenan-Bolger for â€śPeter and the Starcatcher,â€ť Condola Rashad for â€śStick Fly,â€ť and Spencer Kayden for â€śDonâ€™t Dress for Dinner.â€ť
For musicals, acting nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical were Jeremy Jordan for â€śNewsies,â€ť Danny Burstein for â€śFollies,â€ť Norm Lewis for â€śThe Gershwinsâ€™ Porgy and Bess,â€ť Ron Raines for â€śFolliesâ€ť and Steve Kazee for â€śOnce.â€ť Actresses who earned a nod for their leading performance in a musical were Cristin Milioti for â€śOnce,â€ť Kelli Oâ€™Hara for â€śNice Work If You Can Get It,â€ť Laura Osnes for â€śBonnie & Clyde,â€ť Audra McDonald for â€śThe Gershwinsâ€™ Porgy and Bess,â€ť and Jan Maxwell for â€śFollies.â€ť
The actors in a musical who were nominated in the featured category were Michael Cerveris for â€śEvita,â€ť David Alan Grier for â€śThe Gershwinsâ€™ Porgy and Bess,â€ť Michael McGrath in â€śNice Work If You Can Get It,â€ť Josh Young in â€śJesus Christ Superstar,â€ť and Phillip Boykin for his show â€śThe Gershwinsâ€™ Porgy and Bess.â€ť Actresses who received a featured nod for a musical were Jayne Houdyshell for â€śFollies,â€ť Judy Kaye for â€śNice Work If You Can Get It,â€ť Jessie Mueller for â€śOn A Clear Day You Can See Forever,â€ť Daâ€™Vine Joy Randolph in â€śGhost: The Musical,â€ť and Elizabeth A. Davis for â€śOnce.â€ť
Four musicals were nominated for the category of Best Book of a Musical, which recognizes the portions of a musical that are not sung. â€śNice Work If You Can Get It,â€ť â€śLysistrata Jones,â€ť â€śNewsies,â€ť and â€śOnceâ€ť received nods this year.
The shows honored in the Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) category were two plays which included music and two musicals â€“ â€śBonnie & Clyde,â€ť â€śPeter and the Starcatcher,â€ť â€śOne Man, Two Guvnors,â€ť and â€śNewsiesâ€ť took the four slots.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.