Tony Award Nominations Announced

Tonys2012-Logo-KThis year’s Tony Award nominations have been announced, and “Billy Elliot,” the musical based on the film of the same name, leads the pack with 15 nominations, followed by “Next to Normal” with 11 and the revival of “Hair” with eight.  Here are some of the highlights:



Best Play

  • Dividing the Estate
  • God of Carnage
  • Reasons to Be Pretty
  • 33 Variations

Best Musical

  • Billy Elliot, the Musical
  • Next to Normal
  • Rock of Ages
  • Shrek the Musical

Best Revival of a Play

  • Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
  • Mary Stuart
  • The Norman Conquests
  • Waiting for Godot

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Hair
  • Pal Joey
  • West Side Story

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

  • Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage
  • Raul Ezparza, Speed-the-Plow
  • James Gandolfini, God of Carnage
  • Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
  • Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

  • Hope Davis, God of Carnage
  • Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
  • Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
  • Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
  • Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

  • David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish, Billy Elliot, the Musical
  • Gavin Creel, Hair
  • Brian d’Arcy James, Shrek the Musical
  • Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages
  • J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

  • Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
  • Sutton Foster, Shrek the Musical
  • Allison Janney, 9 to 4: The Musical
  • Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
  • Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story

Best Direction of a Play

  • Phyllida Lloyed, Mary Stuart
  • Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
  • Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage
  • Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, the Musical
  • Michael Greif, Next to Normal
  • Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
  • Diane Paulus, Hair

In addition, American composer and lyricist Jerry Herman will receive a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre. The Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, June 7, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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