Breaking: 2014 Tony Award nominees and reactions

Who got the nod? Who was snubbed? Here are our first thoughts on the announcement of the 2014 Tony Award nominations.

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  • A Gentleman's Guide…

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    A Gentleman's Guide…
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • After Midnight

    Photograph: Matthew Murphy

    After Midnight
  • Beautiful

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Beautiful
  • The Glass Menagerie

    Photograph: Michael J. Lutch

    The Glass Menagerie
  • Twelfth Night

    Photograph: Geraint Lewis

    Twelfth Night
  • Bullets Over Broadway

    Photograph: Paul Kolnik

    Bullets Over Broadway

    Bullets Over Broadway
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan

    Photograph: Johan Persson

    The Cripple of Inishmaan

    The Cripple of Inishmaan
  • Act One

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Act One
  • Aladdin

    Photograph: Cylla von Tiedemann

    Aladdin

    Aladdin
  • A Raisin in the Sun

    Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

    A Raisin in the Sun
  • The Bridges of Madison County

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Bridges of Madison County
  • Casa Valentina

    Photograph: Matthew Murphy

    Casa Valentina
  • Machinal

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Machinal
  • Rocky

    Photograph: Matthew Murphy

    Rocky
  • Violet

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Violet
  • Les Misérables

    Photograph: Cylla von Tiedemann

    Les Misérables
  • All the Way

    Photograph: Evgenia Eliseeva

    All the Way
  • Cabaret

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Cabaret
  • If/Then

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    If/Then

    If/Then
  • Lady Day at Emerson's…

    Photograph: Evgenia Eliseeva

    Lady Day at Emerson's…
  • Mothers and Sons

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Mothers and Sons
  • Of Mice and Men

    Photograph: Richard Phibbs

    Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
  • A Night with Janis Joplin

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Night with Janis Joplin

    A Night with Janis Joplin
  • Outside Mullingar

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Outside Mullingar

    Outside Mullingar
  • Richard III

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Richard III

    Richard III
  • The Velocity of Autumn

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Velocity of Autumn

    The Velocity of Autumn

Click through the slide show above to see the 2014 Tony Award nominees


The stars are out at the Tony Awards! In a year packed with marquee names on Broadway, many of the most famous were omitted from today’s just-announced Tony nominations. (See below for a full list.)

Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco, Michelle Williams, Zachary Quinto, Fantasia Barrino? Better luck next time. (Please come back!) Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei? It’s been real. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart? Thanks for playing, gentlemen.

But what does this mean, exactly? Not much. After all, two of the biggest names—Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris—did get nods, and are likely front-runners for the two Best Actor trophies in June. And in such a busy season, most of the celebrities who didn’t make the cut were simply squeezed out by good performances by lesser-known actors. We would have given slots to Washington and McKellen, but reasonable people will differ.

Reasonable people, however, will have a tougher time defending the Tony-nomination committee’s strange and disappointing choices in other major categories. Best Musical, the most important field of all (in terms of box-office impact), is especially screwy. The dark lark A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and the Duke Ellington revue After Midnight were recognized, as expected. But while changes to the Tony regulations would have permitted five nominees in the category this year, there ended up being only four, with the remaining two slots going to the jukebox Carole King biomusical Beautiful and the Disney stage retread Aladdin.

Absent from competition are most of the season’s original musicals: The Bridges of Madison County, a lovely effort that received generally strong and sometimes rapturous reviews, as well as Rocky and If/Then. (Bullets Over Broadway, which was also excluded, has a score of existing Jazz Age ditties.) Flawed as these shows may be in some eyes, it is hard to argue that Beautiful and Aladdin are significantly better—and both are a good deal less risky and inventive.

The new Tony voting system, designed to expand the category in crowded seasons like this one, has instead only yielded more confusion and head-scratching. It is hard to understand why, based on merit, there were also only four choices for Best Revival of a Play (leaving out such worthies as Machinal, The Winslow Boy and No Man’s Land), while only the Best Play category was expanded to five nominees—of which the season’s most daring new offering, Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, was not even one. The Best Revival of a Musical field actually contracted to three slots, leaving out the superb Cabaret.

There are still several heated matchups on the horizon, notably the showdowns for the Best Actress prizes (Kelli O'Hara vs. Jessie Mueller, Cherry Jones vs. Audra McDonald). But the Tony race just got a whole lot less interesting. Broadway is better than it’s letting on.

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Below are the nominees for the 2014 Tony Awards:

Best Play

Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons 
Outside Mullingar

Best Musical

After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical 
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play

The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

Best Revival of a Musical

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Misérables
Violet

Best Book of a Musical

Aladdin
Chad Beguelin
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Douglas McGrath
Bullets Over Broadway
Woody Allen
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Robert L. Freedman

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Aladdin
Music: Alan Menken 
Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin
The Bridges of Madison County
Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Music: Steven Lutvak 
Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
If/Then
Music: Tom Kitt 
Lyrics: Brian Yorkey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Kelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jarrod Spector, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Linda Emond, Cabaret
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie
Es Devlin, Machinal
Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Act One
Michael Krass, Machinal
Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Jane Cox, Machinal
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Sound Design of a Play

Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Dan Moses Schreier, Act One
Matt Tierney, Machinal

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, After Midnight
Tim O'Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Mick Potter, Les Misérables
Brian Ronan, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical 

Best Direction of a Play

Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie

Best Direction of a Musical

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Choreography

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

Best Orchestrations

Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Steve Sidwell, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Tony Nominations by Production

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - 10
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - 8
After Midnight - 7
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical - 7
The Glass Menagerie - 7
Twelfth Night - 7
Bullets Over Broadway - 6
The Cripple of Inishmaan - 6
Act One - 5
Aladdin - 5
A Raisin in the Sun - 5
The Bridges of Madison County - 4
Casa Valentina - 4
Machinal - 4
Rocky - 4
Violet - 4
Les Misérables - 3
All the Way - 2
Cabaret - 2
If/Then - 2
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill - 2
Mothers and Sons - 2
Of Mice and Men - 2
A Night with Janis Joplin - 1
Outside Mullingar - 1
Richard III - 1
The Velocity of Autumn - 1


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Sarah A
Sarah A

Some interesting races this year.

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