Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Mark Kennedy / The Associated Press
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Billy Porter performs in "Kinky Boots."
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The cast of "Matilda The Musical," including Bertie Carvel, right, and Lauren Ward, left, performs in New York.
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The best musical revival candidates are "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," ''Annie," ''The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Pippin," which nabbed 10 nominations.
Patina Miller, last on Broadway as the heroine of "Sister Act," stepped into the Ben Vereen role of Leading Player in "Pippin" and earned her second straight nomination.
The first time, she said, "I was so nervous about saying and doing the right things. This time, I've enjoyed it, I've been given a great opportunity and I want to keep enjoying it. Not a lot of people get to experience something like this."
The producers of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" saw both their Cinderella — Laura Osnes — and her prince — Santino Fontana — nominated for leading roles in a musical.
"I'm floating on air! I think I am over the tears now," said Osnes. "I started crying when Santino's name was called. So I was already crying when they called mine. I am just so thrilled, so excited."
Kenneth Posner had a great morning. The lighting designer got nominations for "Kinky Boots," ''Pippin" and "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella." He will face off against Hugh Vanstone, the lighting designer for "Matilda: The Musical."
The best play nominees are Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties," Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy," Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" and Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
The revival of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy," a play about a young man torn between his natural talent as a violinist and the fast money and fame of being a boxer, earned eight nominations, the most for any play.
Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties," a New York City drama concerning the power of familial bonds, earned three nominations, including ones for Judith Light, scenic design and best play.
"It's been so luxuriously treated by this production," the playwright said. It was given such care and attention. I think you only get something that unblemished once. And so I'm relishing it."
Playwright Douglas Carter Beane earned a best book nomination for the lush, big musical "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," but not for his more intimate play "The Nance," although it earned five nods. A veteran, he rolled with it Tuesday morning.
"You just have to really enjoy it when you get nominated and you have to just not care when you're not," he said. "It's great to show I'm not just this one thing. Just as actors like to show off their versatility, writers like to do it, too."
The best actress in a leading role in a play includes Laurie Metcalf of "The Other Place," Amy Morton in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Kristine Nielsen of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Holland Taylor in her one-woman show, "Ann," and Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful." With such high talent, squeezed out were Fiona Shaw of "The Testament of Mary" and Jessica Hecht in "The Assembled Parties."
Although the revival of Rupert Holmes' musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" has closed, it earned five nominations, including one for Stephanie J. Block, who played a pompous actress. "It felt really great to do that and have nobody complain," Block joked. "I'm so pleased that all the committees are remembering 'Drood' because it really was such a special show."
The nominations were announced Tuesday in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.
The Tony committee also said playwright Larry Kramer, author of "The Normal Heart" and co-founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award for a "substantial contribution" on behalf of a charity or social service organization.
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George C. Wolfe, left, Maura Tierney, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari perform in "Lucky Guy " in New York. Hanks received a Tony nomination for best leading actor for his role in the play.
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