Musical nabs 11 nods for 2012 awards

Broadway musical “Once” led the pack of 2012 Tony nominations, nabbing a total of 11, including one for top tuner.

Along with “Once,” the race for the new musical Tony will include “Newsies,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Leap of Faith,” while “Other Desert Cities,” “Clybourne Park,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Venus in Fur” rose from a crowded slate of new non-musicals to score a nom for play.

The nominations answer a number of lingering questions in a legit awards season that’s proven unusually difficult to predict given the absence of a clear frontrunner along the lines of last season’s “The Book of Mormon.”

In the new tuner category — generally acknowledged as the only award that can drive Broadway box office — slots for “Once,” “Nice Work” (which nabbed 10 noms) and “Newsies” (eight) were generally thought to be foregone conclusions. It was the fourth slot that was considered up for grabs; it went to “Leap of Faith,” and was the only nom that musical received.

The haul for “Once” includes book (Enda Walsh), direction (John Tiffany) and choreography (Stephen Hoggett), as well as acting bids for leads Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, plus a featured thesp nom for Elizabeth A. Davis as well as design mentions.

Of the all the categories, the list for original score felt the most like commentary from the group of about 30 legiters who make up the nominating committee. A couple of the season’s attention magnets weren’t in the running: “Once” wasn’t eligible because the majority of its songs are drawn from the 2006 indie movie that inspired it; ditto “Nice Work,” which takes its score from the Gershwin catalog. Alan Menken and Jack Feldman’s score for “Newsies,” which incorporates a chunk of new songs augmenting the tunes from the 1992 movie on which it’s based, and Frank Wildhorn’s music for short-lived fall outing “Bonnie and Clyde” both made the cut. But the category was filled out not with a couple of the season’s other eligible new musicals — such as “Leap of Faith,” “Ghost” or “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” — but with two music-heavy new plays: “One Man, Two Guvnors” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Among the play nominees, “Peter” scored nine noms; the strong-selling revival of “Death of a Salesman” and the Broadway import of Brit hit “One Man, Two Guvnors” snagged seven apiece.

The new play category was probably the most competitive of the season thanks to a slate unusually packed with nonmusical offerings. Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” and Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” both seemed near certainties for a nomination, but it was tough to pick sure bets amid the abundance of potential other nominees. Although chances for Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” looked good, the slot that went to David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” could just as easily have been filled with another solid contender such as Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish,” Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons” or Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar.”

One of the nominees for musical revival, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” overcame a controversy arising from Stephen Sondheim’s preemptive criticism of the project, snagging 10 noms including a directing bid (Diane Paulus) and acting mentions for Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Philip Boykin and David Alan Grier. Also in the musical revival category are “Follies” (eight noms), “Evita” (three) and “Jesus Christ Superstar” (two).

For the play revival award, two works that have recently landed in the top 10 on the weekly sales chart, “Salesman” and “Best Man,” vie for the trophy with “Wit” and “Master Class,” a pair of now-closed offerings from Gotham nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club.

Acting noms went to thesps including Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield (both of “Death of a Salesman”), Linda Lavin (“The Lyons”) and John Lithgow (“The Columnist”).

As is the case every year, the list left some legiters buzzing about those left off it. Prominent performers not making the cut included Elena Roger for her love-it-or-hate-it take on the title role in “Evita” as well as castmate Ricky Martin, although co-star Michael Cerveris did score a nom. Matthew Broderick, the lead of “Nice Work,” also wasn’t on the list, but his co-stars Kelli O’Hara, Michael McGrath and Judy Kaye each scored a nom.

Despite a critical drubbing and the overall industry fatigue inspired by its long and rocky road to opening, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” didn’t walk away empty-handed. It took a pair of design noms, one for the sets by George Tsypin and one for costumes by Eiko Ishioka.

The Tonys also named the winner of the org’s annual award for regional theater, going this year to Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theater Company.

Nominations were announced Tuesday morning at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts by Main Stem fave Kristin Chenoweth (“GCB”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), who will topline an upcoming Broadway revival of “Harvey” this summer. Awards will be handed out in a June 10 ceremony broadcast live from New York’s Beacon Theater on CBS.

Gallery: 2012 Tony Awards scorecard

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2012 TONY AWARDS

PLAY
“Clybourne Park”
Author: Bruce Norris
Producers: Jujamcyn Theaters, Jane Bergere, Roger Berlind/Quintet Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Dan Frishwasser, Ruth Hendel/Harris Karma Productions, JTG Theatricals, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Center Theater Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons

“Other Desert Cities”
Author: Jon Robin Baitz
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Andre Bishop, Bernard Gersten, Bob Boyett

“Peter and the Starcatcher”
Author: Rick Elice
Producers: Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affanato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, New York Theater Workshop

“Venus in Fur”
Author: David Ives
Producers: Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, Classic Stage Company

MUSICAL
“Leap of Faith”
Producers: Michael Manheim, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Annette Niemtzow, Daryl Roth, Robert G. Bartner, Steven and Shanna Silva, Endgame Entertainment, Patricia Monaco, Debi Coleman, Dancap Productions, Inc., Steve Kaplan, Relativity Media, LLC, Rich/Caudwell, Center Theater Group, Michael Palitz, Richard J. Stern, Melissa Pinsly/Celine Rosenthal, Independent Presenters Network, Diana Buckhantz, Pamela Cooper, Vera Guerin, Leading Investment Co., Ltd., Christina Papagjika, Victor Syrmis, Semlitz/Glaser Productions, Jujamcyn Theaters

“Newsies”
Producers: Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher

“Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Producers: Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Sonia Friedman Productions, Roy Furman, Standing CO Vation, Candy Spelling, Freddy DeMann, Ronald Frankel, Harold Newman, Jon B. Platt, Raise the Roof 8, Takonkiet Viravan, William Berlind/Ed Burke, Carole L. Haber/Susan Carusi, Buddy and Barbara Freitag/Sanford Robertson, Jim Herbert/Under the Wire, Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization

“Once”
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart, Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, Robert Cole, New York Theater Workshop

REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
Producers: Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Columbia Pictures, Jean Doumanian, Merritt Forrest Baer, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Eli Bush

Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man”
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, INFINITY Stages, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Barbara Manocherian/ Michael Palitz, Kathleen K. Johnson, Andy Sandberg, Ken Mahoney/The Broadway Consortium, Fifty Church Street Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Bennu Productions, Patty Baker, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment, Wendy Federman, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Cricket Hooper Jiranek, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Carl Moellenberg, Harold Thau, Will Trice

“Master Class”
Producers: Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ted Snowdon

“Wit”
Producers: Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove

REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“Evita”
Producers: Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Richardo Hornos, Carol Fineman, Brian Smith, Warren & Jâlé Trepp

“Follies”
Producers: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, David M. Rubenstein, Michael A. Kaiser, Max A. Woodward, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Adrienne Arsht, HRH Foundation, Allan Williams

The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Howard Kagan, Cheryl Wiesenfeld/Brunish Trinchero/Lucio Simons TBC, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Terry Schnuck, Freitag Productions/Koenigsberg Filerman, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Ken Mahoney, Judith Resnick, Tulchin/Bartner/ATG, Paper Boy Productions, Christopher Hart, Alden Badway, Broadway Across America, Irene Gandy, Will Trice, American Repertory Theater

“Jesus Christ Superstar”
Producers: The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, Rich/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, TheaterDreams North America, LLC, Stratford Shakespeare Festival

BOOK OF A MUSICAL
“Lysistrata Jones”
Douglas Carter Beane
“Newsies”
Harvey Fierstein
“Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Joe DiPietro
“Once”
Enda Walsh

ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER
“Bonnie & Clyde”
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Don Black
“Newsies”
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Jack Feldman
“One Man, Two Guvnors”
Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding
“Peter and the Starcatcher”
Music: Wayne Barker
Lyrics: Rick Elice

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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

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”

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”

SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
John Lee Beatty, “Other Desert Cities”
Daniel Ostling, “Clybourne Park”
Mark Thompson, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Donyale Werle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Bob Crowley, “Once”
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, “Ghost the Musical”
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, “Newsies”
George Tsypin, “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark”

COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
William Ivey Long, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
Paul Tazewell, “A Streetcar Named Desire”
Mark Thompson, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Paloma Young, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Gregg Barnes, “Follies”
ESosa, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Eiko Ishioka, “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark”
Martin Pakledinaz, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Jeff Croiter, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
Peter Kaczorowski, “The Road to Mecca
Brian MacDevitt, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
Kenneth Posner, “Other Desert Cities”

LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Natasha Katz, “Follies”
Natasha Katz, “Once”
Hugh Vanstone, “Ghost the Musical”

SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
Paul Arditti, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
Gareth Owen, “End of the Rainbow”
Darron L. West, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Clive Goodwin, “Once”
Kai Harada, “Follies”
Brian Ronan, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

CHOREOGRAPHY
Rob Ashford, “Evita”
Christopher Gattelli, “Newsies”
Steven Hoggett, “Once”
Kathleen Marshall, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Nicholas Hytner, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Pam MacKinnon, “Clybourne Park”
Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Jeff Calhoun, “Newsies”
Kathleen Marshall, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Diane Paulus, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
John Tiffany, “Once”

ORCHESTRATIONS
William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Bill Elliott, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Martin Lowe, “Once”
Danny Troob, “Newsies”

RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS AND HONORS IN NON-COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES
SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER

Emanuel Azenberg

REGIONAL THEATER AWARD
The Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington, D.C.

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD
Bernadette Peters

SPECIAL TONY AWARD
Actors’ Equity Association
Hugh Jackman

TONY HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER
Freddie Gershon
Artie Siccardi
TDF Open Doors

TONY NOMINATIONS BY PRODUCTION
Once – 11
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – 10
Nice Work If You Can Get It – 10
Peter and the Starcatcher – 9
Follies – 8
Newsies – 8
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman – 7
One Man, Two Guvnors – 7
Other Desert Cities – 5
Clybourne Park – 4
End of the Rainbow – 3
Evita – 3
Ghost the Musical – 3
Bonnie & Clyde – 2
Don’t Dress for Dinner – 2
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man – 2
Jesus Christ Superstar – 2
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – 2
Venus in Fur – 2
Wit – 2
The Columnist – 1
Leap of Faith – 1
The Lyons – 1
Lysistrata Jones – 1
Man and Boy – 1
Master Class – 1
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever – 1
The Road to Mecca – 1
Stick Fly – 1
A Streetcar Named Desire – 1

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