Tony Award nominations for this year are in and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder leads the pack with 10 nominations in all. Not far behind is Hedwig and the Angry Inch with a total of 8 nominations.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will go against the Disney musical Aladdin, the jukebox musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and the Duke Ellington-inspired revue After Midnight in the category of Best New Musical.
Nominees in the category of Best New Play include Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, and Casa Valentina, Harvey Fierstein’s first play in 30 years. Terrence McNally’s Mothers And Sons, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar and James Lapine’s Act One were also tapped.
In the category for Best Leading Actor, BryanCranston, Chris O’Dowd, and Tony Shalhoub are pitted against Mark Rylance and castmate Samuel Barnett. Rylance was nominated twice, for the role of Richard III and a featured role in Twelfth Night. Meanwhile actors Denzel Washington and Daniel Radcliffe, who received much acclaim for their performances were seemingly snubbed of a nomination along with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart who starred in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.
Neil Patrick Harris was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for his highly praised performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Competitors in this category include Gentleman’s Guide‘s Jefferson Mays and Rocky’s Andy Karl.
In the category for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, talented nominees include Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, and Mary Bridget Davies. Though Broadway newbie Michelle Williams, who received positive reviews, was not nominated in the category.
Meanwhile, five time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is nominated for another award in the category of Leading Actress in a Play for her work in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Another nominated in the category is Cherry Jones for her role as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie.
The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 8 with Hugh Jackman as the host for the evening.