2011 Tony nominees announced

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<p>Mark Rylance in<em> Jerusalem</em></p>

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Photograph by Simon Annand

Today, four days after we here at Time Out New York issued our own slate of TONY Tony nominations, the actual nomination committee for the Tony Awards has spoken. How did they stack up with our choices? All around: pretty darn well. In the Best Play category, War Horse took the spot we would have given to Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo; in the race for Best Musical, Catch Me If You Can has the slot we would have given to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. But of the 39 nominations in the acting categories, all but nine aligned exactly with our choices—and the Tonys will even be giving a special award, as we suggested, to War Horse's Handspring Puppet Company.

The spin today will be about the perceived snub of How to Succeed's Daniel Radcliffe in the Leading Actor in a Musical category, though we're actually sadder about the absence there of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's Ben Walker. We also wish the nominating committee had shown more love for Good People, which earned nominations for Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play but not for Daniel Sullivan's direction, Tate Donovan's featured performance or John Lee Beatty's set. (Sullivan may have been crowded out by his own nomination for his superb work on The Merchant of Venice.) But we're pleased to see so many nominations for The Scottsboro Boys—although one or two of them weren't quite deserved—and happy, too, that the nominators noticed such potential overlookable performers as Anything Goes's Adam Godley and Brief Encounter's Hannah Yelland. Big winners: The Book of Mormon (14 nominations), The Scottsboro Boys (12 nominations), Jerusalem (six nominations). Big losers: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (two nominations) and several completely unrecognized productions—including Wonderland, Elf, Ghetto Klown, The Pitmen Painters, Mrs. Warren's Profession, A Free Man of Color and That Championship Season. One interesting bit of trivia: Two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize came to Broadway this year—A Free Man of Color and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo—and neither made the cut for Best Play.

Our own David Cote gives the Brits his angle in a Guardian column here. After the jump: the official list of Tony Award nominees.

Best Play
Good People
Author: David Lindsay-Abaire
Jerusalem

Author: Jez Butterworth
The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis
War Horse
Author: Nick Stafford
 
Best Musical
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

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 (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Book of Mormon
Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys
Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sister Act
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
 
Best Revival of a Play
Arcadia
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 Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

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

Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It's You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vzquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bte
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O'Malley, The Book of Mormon
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Mark Thompson, La Bte
Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes
Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, War Horse
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem
 
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes
Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon
 
Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice

Best Direction of a Musical
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can
 
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Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-Competitive Categories
 
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith
 
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
 
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Eve Ensler
 
Special Tony Award
Handspring Puppet Company
 
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

William Berloni
The Drama Book Shop
Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
 

 

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