“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” made a killing at the Tony nominations. The show led the pack with 10 nods — including Best Musical, director and two noms for Best Actor.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” followed with eight nods, including one for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor for Neil Patrick Harris.
Stars in the running for Broadway’s top prize handed out June 8 include Bryan Cranston, Chris O’Dowd and Tyne Daly.
Overlooked by nominators are Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, Zachary Quinto, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James Franco, Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, as well as Marin Mazzie for her plum featured role in “Bullets Over Broadway.”
The other contenders named for Best Musical — the most coveted award in Broadway’s big prize fight — include “After Midnight,” a Cotton Club revue, “Aladdin,” based on the Disney cartoon, and “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.”
In a particularly unpredictable season that introduced 10 new comedies and dramas, the competition was fierce in the Best Play category. Getting a nod are “Act One,” about writer Moss Hart, “All the Way,” a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson, “Casa Valentina,” a story of straight cross-dressers in 1960s New York, “Mothers and Sons,” and “Outside Mullingar,” a romantic comedy set in Ireland. Left out of the Best Play contest is the existential dramedy “The Realistic Jonses.”
In the battle for Best Actress in a play, nominees include Tyne Daly, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Cherry Jones, Audra McDonald and Estelle Parsons.
The mens’ race boasts a mix of familiar and lesser-known faces, including Samuel Barnett, Cranston, O’Dowd, Mark Rylance and Tony Shalhoub.
In a surprise snub Denzel Washington didn’t get a nod for his terrific work in “A Raisin in the Sun,” unlike three principal actresses in the revival.
Vying for Best Actress in a musical are Mary Bridget Davies (“A Night with Janis Joplin”), “Sutton Foster (“Violet”), Idina Menzel (“If/Then”), Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful — The Carole King Musical”) and Kelli O’Hara (“The Bridges of Madison County”).
Best Actor in a musical candidates include Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Ramin Karimloo (“Les Miserables”), Andy Karl (“Rocky”), Jefferson Mays (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) and Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”).
The 68th Tony Awards will be hosted by Hugh Jackman and air on CBS on June 8 from Radio City Music Hall.
For a full list of nominees, see tonyawards.com