2011 TONY* nominees announced!

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    Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Good People

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    Jerusalem

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Motherf**ker with the Hat

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    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Book of Mormon

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    The Scottsboro Boys

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Sister Act

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    La Bte

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Merchant of Venice

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Normal Heart

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Anything Goes

  • Photograph: Ari Mintz

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

    War Horse

Psych! That's right, we've tricked you again. You see, the actual Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 3. What we are offering here, per our yearly wont, is the TONY nominations—i.e., who would be nominated if the Tony nominating committee consisted entirely of Time Out New York's two full-time theater writers. To be extra clear: These are not our predictions of who will be nominated, but rather our opinion on who should be nominated. (We've adhered to the Tony Awards' eligibility rulings and guidelines.) As usual, some categories are brutally competitive—we wish we had twice as many slots for Best Lead Actor in a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play—but we have made the hard calls. That's what we do. We're TONY.

After the jump, without further ado, are this year's TONY honorees. Congratulations to all!

Best Play:

Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo
Good People
Jerusalem
The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Musical:
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
The Book of Mormon
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

Best Revival of a Play:
La Bte
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart


Best Revival of a Musical:
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


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:

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Michael Friedman
The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys, John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sister Act, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
Mark Rylance, La Bte

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Cherry Jones, Mrs. Warren's Profession
Frances MacDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Daniel Radcliffe, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Benjamin Walker, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It's You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture
[NOTE: The original version of this article had a fifth nominee, but we have emended it to reflect a quirk of Tony bylaws: When there are fewer than seven eligible candidates for nomination in a given acting category—as is the case here—there can only be four nominees.)

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Tate Donovan, Good People
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Yul Vzquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bte
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Lia Williams, Arcadia

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
John Cullum, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
Demond Green, Sister Act
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Rory O'Malley, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Rose Hemingway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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 and George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Ian Rickson, Jerusalem
Daniel Sullivan, Good People

Best Direction of a Musical:
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys
Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Choreography:
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Jerry Mitchell, Catch Me If You Can
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
John Lee Beatty, Good People
Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Derek McLane, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Brian Thomson, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Rae Smith, War Horse
Mark Thompson, La Bte
Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Susan Hilferty, Wonderland
Emily Rebholz, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Paule Constable, War Horse
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Malcolm Rippeth, Brief Encounter
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Brian MacDevitt, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Justin Townsend, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Nick Schlieper, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson, Jerusalem
Peter Fitzgerald, Ghetto Klown
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Bart Fasbender, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon
Jon Weston, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Orchestrations:
Doug Besterman, Sister Act
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can
Michael Starobin, The People in the Picture

Special Awards:

Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse

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