2012 TONY* nominees announced!

All the people and shows that ought to be nominated for the 2012 Tony Awards

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  • Clybourne Park

    Photograph: Nathan Johnson

    Clybourne Park
  • The Lyons

    Photograph: Carol Rosegg

    The Lyons
  • Peter and the Starcatcher

    Photograph: Courtesy of O&M

    Peter and the Starcatcher
  • Bonnie & Clyde

    Photograph: Nathan Johnson

    Bonnie & Clyde
  • Newsies

    Photograph: Deen van Meer

    Newsies
  • Nice Work if You Can Get It

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Nice Work if You Can Get It
  • Once

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Once
  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Best Man
  • Death of a Salesman

    Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

    Death of a Salesman
  • Man and Boy

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Man and Boy
  • Wit

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Wit
  • Evita

    Photograph: Richard Termine

    Evita
  • Follies

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Follies
  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Jesus Christ Superstar
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  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    One Man, Two Guvnors

  • Leap of Faith

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Leap of Faith
  • Other Desert Cities

    Other Desert Cities
  • Porgy and Bess

    Photograph: Michael J. Lutch

    Porgy and Bess
  • Venus in Fur

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Venus in Fur

    Venus in Fur

Clybourne Park

Photograph: Nathan Johnson


Made you look! Yes, I know that the actual Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday. But I just couldn’t wait. So here’s our annual trick—er, tradition—the TONY nominations! Below is listed everyone who would be nominated if the Tony nominating committee consisted entirely of me, Time Out New York's theater editor. Please note: These are not my predictions of who will be nominated, but rather my opinion on who should be nominated. (For example, the Tony nominating committee ruled that Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s score for Once is not eligible, presumably because many of its songs were used in the original movie’s soundtrack. Well, the TONY Tony committee overrules.) Keep checking back here: After the real nominees are announced, we'll be launching our grand new Tony Awards hub page.

Best Play:
Clybourne Park
The Lyons
Peter and the Starcatcher
Seminar

Best Musical:
Bonnie and Clyde
Newsies
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Once

Best Revival of a Play:
The Best Man
Death of a Salesman
Man and Boy
Wit

Best Revival of a Musical:
Evita
Follies
Jesus Christ Superstar
Porgy and Bess

Best Book of a Musical:
Bonnie and Clyde, Ivan Menchell
Newsies, Harvey Fierstein
Nice Work if You Can Get It, Joe DiPietro
Once, Enda Walsh

Best Original Score (music and lyrics):
Bonnie and Clyde, Frank Wildhorn and Don Black
Leap of Faith, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater
Newsies, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
Once, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Death of a Salesman
Frank Langella, Man and Boy
John Lithgow, The Columnist
Alan Rickman, Seminar

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Tyne Daly, Master Class
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Jennifer Lim, Chinglish

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Reeve Carney, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Steve Kazee, Once
Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess
Paul Nolan, Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Jan Maxwell, Follies
Audra McDonald, Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, Once
Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work if You Can Get It
Bernadette Peters, Follies

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
Oliver Chris, One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield, Death of a Salesman
Jefferson Mays, The Best Man
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park
Frank Wood, Clybourne Park

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Suzanne Bertish, Wit
Linda Emond, Death of a Salesman
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
Christina Kirk, Clybourne Park
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Philip Boykin, Porgy and Bess
Danny Burstein, Follies
Michael Cerveris, Evita
Michael McGrath, Nice Work if You Can Get It
Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
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
Melissa Van Der Schyff, Bonnie and Clyde

Best Direction of a Play:
Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park
Mike Nichols, Death of a Salesman
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Direction of a Musical:
Des McAnuff, Jesus Christ Superstar
Diane Paulus, Porgy and Bess
John Tiffany, Once
Matthew Warchus, Ghost

Best Choreography:
Rob Ashford, Evita
Ronald K. Brown, Porgy and Bess
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work if You Can Get It
Sergio Trujillo, Leap of Faith

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
Derek McLane, The Best Man
Allen Moyer, The Lyons
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Robert Brill, Jesus Christ Superstar
Bob Crowley, Once
Rob Howell and John Driscoll, Ghost
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Ann Roth, Death of a Salesman
Ann Roth, The Best Man
Ilona Somogyi, Clybourne Park
Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
ESosa, Porgy and Bess
Rob Howell, Ghost
Christopher Oram, Evita
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work if You Can Get It

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Allen Lee Hughes, Clybourne Park
Peter Kaczorowski, Venus in Fur
Brian MacDevitt, Death of a Salesman

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Christopher Akerlind, Porgy and Bess
Howell Binkley, Jesus Christ Superstar
Natasha Katz, Once
Hugh Vanstone, Ghost

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Jon Gottlieb, Master Class
John Gromada, Clybourne Park
Darron L. West, Chinglish
Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Bobby Aitken, Ghost
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Jesus Christ Superstar
Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies

Best Orchestrations:
Bill Elliott, Nice Work if You Can Get It
Martin Lowe, Once
Christopher Nightingale, Ghost
Danny Troob, Newsies

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8 comments
D. Rodgers
D. Rodgers

Nicole Ari Parker is phenomenal s Blanche in the revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. I hope that performance isn't overlooked. She tackles one of the most iconic and difficult roles in American theater with a strong yet nuanced performance. In many ways Ms. Parker reinvents Blanche --moving the character away from the delicate faded flower into a strong but broken survivor. That's a very relevant and contemporary take on Blanche.

William Pate
William Pate

BTW, I would have included Venus in Fur on the Best Play list — it's one of the rare shows that I keep thinking about — but if Nina Arianda doesn't win the gong, it's a crime ... and only because the show opened in the fall.

William Pate
William Pate

David, one more mea culpa. Really, how can you leave off David Korins for scenic design of Chinglish? The nomination should have been awarded the moment Xi Yan enters the hotel front door, walks through the lobby, gets in the elevator, exits into the hallway and enters the room — all without a pause.

David Cote
David Cote

Okay, I need to enumerate some of my appalling, atrocious and horrifying oversights in the TONY* nominations. My only excuse is that this list was compiled solo, on a Friday, after a very long three weeks of continuous spectating and writing. Here goes: Yes, Danny Burstein should be in Leading Actor in a Musical; in Featured Actor in a Musical, I could have put Patrick Page for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Gregg Barnes should have been in Best Costume Design of a Musical for Follies; Best Choreography should have included Christopher Gattelli for Newsies; and lastly, yes, Christian Borle deserved a place in Featured Actor in a Play. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

topekabodega
topekabodega

Do you really mean Mays for the ineligible "Blood and Gifts" because I thought he was straight-up *bad* in his small role in "The Best Man". How about the incredible men of "Other Desert Cities"--Thomas Sadoski and Stacy Keach?? How about the other guys in "Salesman"--Drama Desk nominee (yay) Bill Camp or Finn Wittrock? How about, yeah, uh the hilarious Christian Borle??? Hope the real nominations make more sense. Props for TONY including the underrecognized Jennifer Lim though.

Larry
Larry

Any list that leves off Christian Borles tour de force performance in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER can't be taken seriously.

Lily
Lily

You are missing Judith Light and Stockard Channing = replace Lim and Bertish with them and then yes.

Robin
Robin

Happy to see Josh Young on this list of predictions -- breakout star this year, imho.