Tony Award winners announced June 12

Broadway buzz magnet “The Book of Mormon” dominated the list of nominations for the 2011 Tony Awards, notching a divine 14 bids, while shuttered musical “The Scottsboro Boys” came away with an unexpectedly robust haul of a dozen.

The season’s only two tuner revivals, “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” also registered strong support, with nine and eight noms, respectively.

“Mormon” — the cheerfully blasphemous comedy from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park,” and “Avenue Q” composer-lyricist Robert Lopez — is up for new tuner, book, score, direction and choreography. It also drew thesping noms for Andrew Rannells andRannells and Josh Gad, both competing for lead actor in a musical, and for featured performers Rory O’Malley and Nikki M. James. Design nods also contribute to the total.

Tally for “Mormon” lands the show just behind the 15-nom record set in 2001 by “The Producers” and later equaled by 2008 contender “Billy Elliot.” “Producers” went on to set the record for most wins, scoring 12, while “Billy” took home 10.

The competish for the new tuner prize, generally considered the only Tony that truly drives Broadway B.O., also includes “Scottsboro,” “Sister Act” (five noms) and “Catch Me If You Can” (four). Nominees that don’t win the title also could potentially benefit from performance segs during the Tony telecast, a rare national showcase for Broadway productions.

New play nominees include a pair of Brit hits, “Jerusalem” (six noms) and “War Horse” (five) squaring off against homegrown offerings “The Motherfucker With the Hat” (six) and “Good People” (two). Play revival contenders include “The Merchant of Venice” (seven), “The Normal Heart” (five), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (three) and “Arcadia” (two).

The Tony heat for “Mormon” reps the latest wave of attention lavished on the show, a growing B.O. success benefitting from rave reviews and a canny branding association with “South Park.” Still, some in the industry wonder whether the Tony voting block, including producers and presenters from more conservative regions of the country, may prove hesitant to vote for the gleefully vulgar tale of two Mormon missionaries in Africa.

Also posting a strong nominations showing was producer Scott Rudin, who, on the heels of a movie awards season that landed him Oscar noms for “The Social Network” and “True Grit,” managed to notch a whopping 27 mentions for shows in which he’s involved: “Mormon,” “Motherfucker,” “Jerusalem” and “The House of Blue Leaves.”

Because the nominations tally for “Mormon” was largely considered a lock prior to the announcement, the surprise for many observers was the rally for “Scottsboro,” a rare instance of a shuttered production racking up a formidable load of noms.

An ambitious musical take on the racist injustices of a prolonged 1930s legal case in which nine black men were falsely accused of raping two white women, the short-lived “Scottsboro” consistently struggled to attract audiences on the Main Stem. Among the marketing obstacles were its serious subject matter and a controversy-baiting storytelling framework based on the conventions of minstrel shows.

Although it originated in a well-sold, extended run at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater, “Scottsboro” lasted only about nine weeks on the Rialto. Producer Barry Weissler has publicly mulled a return run for the show but said Tuesday that it’s still too early to assess whether the musical’s unexpected kudo momentum will spur a repeat visit to Gotham.

The tuner, one of the final works from “Cabaret” and “Chicago” duo John Kander and the late Freb Ebb, tallied noms in categories including new musical, book, score, direction and choreography, as well as three acting bids. At the very least the awards attention and the number performed on the Tonycast should point potential auds toward the gestating touring production, which kicks off in spring 2012 at the Old Globe in San Diego and goes on to cities including San Francisco and Seattle.

Star performers competing for Tonys this year include Al Pacino (“The Merchant of Venice”), Frances McDormand (“Good People”), Bobby Cannavale (“The Motherfucker With the Hat”) and Vanessa Redgrave (“Driving Miss Daisy”), all in lead-role categories, while in the mix for featured perfs are Edie Falco (“The House of Blue Leaves”), Ellen Barkin (“The Normal Heart”), Billy Crudup (“Arcadia”) and John Larroquette (“How to Succeed”).

Every single musical helming slot went to a director-choreographer who also got a nom for terp contributions. Rob Ashford (“How to Succeed”), Kathleen Marshall (“Anything Goes”), Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”) and Susan Stroman (“The Scottsboro Boys”) each were nommed for both direction and choreography, with Nicholaw tapped for helming with “Mormon” co-director Parker.

Notable omissions from the nominees list include Daniel Radcliffe, the “How to Succeed” topliner left out of a category drawn from a particularly competitive field of contenders. The battle for a lead actor in a play slot also was tooth-and-nail, with “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” star Robin Williams and “Driving Miss Daisy” headliner James Earl Jones among those not to score a nom.

In addition, “Bengal Tiger,” one of the five plays largely considered to be a contender in the four-spot new play category, became the production to drop out of that race.

Some in the industry expressed surprise that “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” which took noms for lead actor (Tony Sheldon) and costumes (Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner), didn’t fare better, instead missing a spot in the new musical race. Nominators, however, may have viewed the show’s jukebox score of disco tunes as a drawback compared to shows with original tunes.

On the other hand, “Catch Me” ended up as a top tuner candidate even though its original score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman didn’t get a nom.

Meanwhile, “Catch Me” star Aaron Tveit didn’t find a place alongside cast member Norbert Leo Butz in the lead actor category, while Mark Rylance, expected by many to be nommed twice for back-to-back perfs in “La Bete” and “Jerusalem,” only drew a bid for “Jerusalem.”

Among the musicals to open in recent weeks, only “Wonderland” emerged without a single nom.

Nominations announcement, made early Tuesday by Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Broderick, also included mention of the annual regional Tony, going this year to Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater Company. A special kudo will be awarded to South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, the troupe behind the extensive puppetry in “War Horse.”

Annual Tony kudocast airs live on CBS June 12 from Gotham’s Beacon Theater.

Nominations for the 2011 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards
Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing

BEST PLAY
“Good People”
Author: David Lindsay-Abaire
Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove

“Jerusalem”
Author: Jez Butterworth
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Royal Court Theatre Productions, Beverly Bartner/Alice Tulchin, Dede Harris/Rupert Gavin, Broadway Across America, Jon B. Platt, 1001 Nights/Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber/Richard Willis, Jacki Barlia Florin/Adam Blanshay

“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”
Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis
Producers: Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Public Theater Productions, Oskar Eustis, Joey Parnes, Labyrinth Theater Company, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O’Donnell, Yul Vázquez, Danny Feldman, Fabula Media Partners LLC, Jean Doumanian, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Jon B. Platt, Tulchin Bartner/Jamie deRoy

“War Horse”
Author: Nick Stafford
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten, National Theatre of Great Britain, Ni
cholas Hytner, Nick Starr, Bob Boyett, “War Horse” LP

BEST MUSICAL
“The Book of Mormon”
Producers: Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Important Musicals LLC, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson

“Catch Me If You Can”
Producers: Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Stacey Mindich, Yasuhiro Kawana, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, The Rialto Group, The Araca Group, Michael Watt, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Pittsburgh CLO, Elizabeth Williams, Johnny Roscoe Productions/Van Dean, Fakston Productions/Solshay Productions, Patty Baker/Richard Winkler, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Warren Trepp, Remmel T. Dickinson, Paula Herold/Kate Lear, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jamie deRoy, Barry Feirstein, Rainerio J. Reyes, Rodney Rigby, Loraine Boyle, Amuse Inc., Joseph & Matthew Deitch/Cathy Chernoff, Joan Stein/Jon Murray, The 5th Avenue Theatre

“The Scottsboro Boys”
Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations, Inc./The Shubert Organization, Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre

“Sister Act”
Producers: Whoopi Goldberg & Stage Entertainment, The Shubert Organization and Disney Theatrical Productions

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Brian Bedford, “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Bobby Cannavale, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Al Pacino, “The Merchant of Venice”
Mark Rylance, “Jerusalem”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Nina Arianda, “Born Yesterday”
Frances McDormand, “Good People”
Lily Rabe, “The Merchant of Venice”
Vanessa Redgrave, “Driving Miss Daisy”
Hannah Yelland, “Brief Encounter”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz, “Catch Me If You Can”
Josh Gad, “The Book of Mormon”
Joshua Henry, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Andrew Rannells, “The Book of Mormon”
Tony Sheldon, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Sutton Foster, “Anything Goes”
Beth Leavel, “Baby It’s You!”
Patina Miller, “Sister Act”
Donna Murphy, “The People in the Picture”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Mackenzie Crook, “Jerusalem”
Billy Crudup, “Arcadia”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Normal Heart”
Arian Moayed, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Yul Vazquez, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Ellen Barkin, “The Normal Heart”
Edie Falco, “The House of Blue Leaves”
Judith Light, “Lombardi”
Joanna Lumley, “La Bête”
Elizabeth Rodriguez, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Colman Domingo, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Adam Godley, “Anything Goes”
John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Forrest McClendon, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Rory O’Malley, “The Book of Mormon”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Laura Benanti, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
Tammy Blanchard, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Victoria Clark, “Sister Act”
Nikki M. James, “The Book of Mormon”
Patti LuPone, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, “War Horse”
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, “The Normal Heart”
Anna D. Shapiro, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”
Daniel Sullivan, “The Merchant of Venice”

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Rob Ashford, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Kathleen Marshall, “Anything Goes”
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, “The Book of Mormon”
Susan Stroman, “The Scottsboro Boys”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Rob Ashford, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Kathleen Marshall, “Anything Goes”
Casey Nicholaw, “The Book of Mormon”
Susan Stroman, “The Scottsboro Boys”

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” – Alex Timbers
“The Book of Mormon” – Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
“The Scottsboro Boys” – David Thompson
“Sister Act” – Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
“The Book of Mormon”
Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone

“The Scottsboro Boys”
Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb

“Sister Act”
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Glenn Slater

“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
“Arcadia”
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Roger Berlind, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott M. Delman, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Disney Theatrical Group, Robert G. Bartner, Olympus Theatricals, Douglas Smith, Janine Safer Whitney

“The Importance of Being Earnest”
Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy

“The Merchant of Venice”
Producers: The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Andrew D. Hamingson, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Debbie Bisno & Eva Price, Amy Nederlander, Jonathan First, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Merritt Forrest Baer, The Araca Group, Broadway Across America, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, JK Productions, Terry Allen Kramer, Cathy Chernoff/Jay & Cindy Gutterman, Mallory Factor/Cheryl Lachowicz, Joey Parnes, The Shubert Organization

“The Normal Heart”
Producers: Daryl Roth, Paul Boskind, Martian Entertainment, Gregory Rae, Jayne Baron Sherman/Alexander Fraser

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“Anything Goes”
Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Producers: Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet
Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin-Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
Todd Rosenthal, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat”
Rae Smith, “War Horse”
Ultz, “Jerusalem”
Mark Wendland, “The Merchant of Venice”

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Beowulf Boritt, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Derek McLane, “Anything Goes”
Scott Pask, “The Book of Mormon”
Donyale Werle, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jess Goldstein, “The Merchant of Venice”
Desmond Heeley, “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Mark Thompson, “La Bête”
Catherine Zuber, “Born Yesterday”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
Martin Pakledinaz, “Anything Goes”
Ann Roth, “The Book of Mormon”
Catherine Zuber, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Paule Constable, “War Horse”
David Lander, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Kenneth Posner, “The Merchant of Venice”
Mimi Jordan Sherin, “Jerusalem”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Ken Billington, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Howell Binkley, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Peter Kaczorowski, “Anything Goes”
Brian MacDevitt, “The Book of Mormon”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
Simon Baker, “Brief Encounter”
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, “Jerusalem”
Christopher Shutt, “War Horse”

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Peter Hylenski, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Catch Me If You Can”
Brian Ronan, “Anything Goes”
Brian Ronan, “The Book of Mormon”

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Doug Besterman, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Larry Hochman, “The Scottsboro Boys”
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, “The Book of Mormon”
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, “Catch Me If You Can”

RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS AND HONORS IN NON-COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith

REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD
Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, Ill.)

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Eve Ensler

SPECIAL TONY AWARD
Handspring Puppet Company

TONY HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
William Berloni
The Drama Book Shop
Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

TONY NOMINATIONS BY PRODUCTION
“The Book of Mormon” – 14
“The Scottsboro Boys” – 12
“Anything Goes” – 9
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” – 8
“The Merchant of Venice” – 7
“Jerusalem” – 6
“The Motherf**ker with the Hat” – 6
“The Normal Heart” – 5
“Sister Act” – 5
“War Horse” – 5
“Catch Me If You Can” – 4
“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” – 3
“The Importance of Being Earnest” – 3
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” – 3
“Arcadia” – 2
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” – 2
“Born Yesterday” – 2
“Brief Encounter” – 2
“Good People” – 2
“La Bête” – 2
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” – 2
“Baby It’s You!” – 1
“Driving Miss Daisy” – 1
“The House of Blue Leaves” – 1
“Lombardi” – 1
“The People in the Picture” – 1


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