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Tony Awards: 'The Book of Mormon' leads 2011 Tony nominations

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"The Book of Mormon," the equal-opportunity-offending Broadway musical from the creators of "South Park," led the Tony Award nominations Tuesday with 14 nods. The musical "The Scottsboro Boys," which closed earlier this season, received 12 nominations, and the revival of "Anything Goes" had nine.

Tony-nominations The nominees for best play included "Good People," "The Mother... With the Hat," "Jerusalem" and "War Horse."

This year's acting nominees included Al Pacino in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," Edie Falco in "The House of Blue Leaves," Frances McDormand in "Good People," Mark Rylance in "Jerusalem," Ellen Barkin in "The Normal Heart" and Vanessa Redgrave in "Driving Miss Daisy."

The awards, organized by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, honor Broadway productions during the 2010-11 season. This year's ceremony will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The show will be broadcast live on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast.

"The Book of Mormon," at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, is the creation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the duo behind the popular animated series "South Park." The musical comedy, which was co-created by Robert Lopez, tells the story of Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa.

The show's 14 nominations fell just shy of the record 15 nominations earned by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009.

"War Horse," adapted by Nick Stafford from the book by Michael Morpurgo, was first produced at the National Theatre in London before moving to the West End. The play, which uses life-size puppets to represent the equine characters, will come to the Ahmanson Theatre in 2012. A film version directed by Steven Spielberg is scheduled to open in December.

The year's most talked-about show, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," was ineligible for awards consideration this season because its opening date has been delayed until June 14.

Here's the full list of this year's Tony nominees:

Best musical
"The Book of Mormon"
"Catch Me if You Can"
"The Scottsboro Boys"
"Sister Act"

Best play
"Good People" (David Lindsay-Abaire)
"Jerusalem" (Jez Butterworth)
"The Mother... With the Hat" (Stephen Adly Guirgis)
"War Horse" (Nick Stafford)

Best revival of a musical
"Anything Goes"
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"

Best revival of a play
"Arcadia"
"The Importance of Being Earnest"
"The Merchant of Venice"
"The Normal Heart"

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 theater
"The Book of Mormon" (music and lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone)
"The Scottsboro Boys" (music and lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb)
"Sister Act" (Music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Glenn Slater)
"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (music and lyrics: David Yazbek)

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play
Brian Bedford, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Bobby Cannavale, "The Mother... 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 Vázquez, "The Mother... 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 Bête"
Elizabeth Rodriguez, "The Mother... 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 Mother... 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 Bête"
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 Mother... 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"

*     *     *

Recipients of awards and honors in non-competitive categories:

Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith
 
Regional theater Tony Award
Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago)
 
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Eve Ensler

Special Tony Award
Handspring Puppet Company

Tony honor for excellence in the theater
William Berloni
The Drama Book Shop

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 -- David Ng

Photo (top): A scene from "The Book of Mormon," with Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. Credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing


 

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Neil Patrick Harris' opening number was hilarious:
http://gtcha.me/lRKDnw

Another rant about Mormonism from the guys who created South Park? Can't they come up with a new target...oh yeah, they did...babies being raped is funny now. Creativity, with those morons, depends upon shock-and-ugg factor. If they did anything (creatively) to counterbalance the college-jerk productions they spew I'd have to rethink my review of them...until them, they are thugs with a play deal.

It's telling that the f'you mentality that can pervade people's minds when they think it's cooler to be 'unconcerned' than 'caring' can garner a Tony Award.

Oh, and for the record... Take your eyerolling, dismissive, condescending ridicule and stuff it. What the LDS faith has going for it has nothing to do with starched white shirts. We actually give a damn.

I can laugh at myself, my political views being poked fun at, my religion being poked fun at, even myself being poked fun at. I HAVE heard the songs being performed in this musical. Some songs are light hearted. Some of them utterly offended me.

Broadway used to be something that I aspired to. Something I worked for, trained for. And now I can't bring myself to be a part of something that is MORE INTERESTED IN PROFITS than actually being that dream singers/actors/dancers lived for. I hope they are proud of themselves.

The boys have now mastered Broadway after mastering puppetry, paper cartoons, computer generated cartoons.. What's next? I look forward to everything you do.

"Americans are bigots and hypocrites. Making fun of gays and minorities is deplored in this country, but making fun of certain religions is OK? Where is the sense of outrage? It's not there and it reveals some disturbing things about Americans."


Who Cares its entertainment, I don't think its meant to take serious.

What the world needs most is a sense of humor when it comes to religion. In fact, what I really appreciate about Mormons is their ability to laugh at themselves. They are much more fun to be around than, say, uptight, sanctimonious Evangelicals or Southern Baptists. That being said, the Book of Mormon is a comedy about a couple Mormon missionaries, but it's not a satire about Mormonism. It seems the harshest criticism of the show comes from people who haven't actually seen it.

@rich: religion is a choice, gender/race/sexual preference is not

There's a difference.

Let's be clear: making fun of all religions -- Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, what have you -- has always been completely okay. Anybody who tells you otherwise is just peddling mental slavery.

I was just in NY and saw BOM, Anything Goes and How to Succeed...
Just want to say, BOM pokes more fun at the assumptions made of those conducting religious missionary work in general than it does of Mormanism specifically and in fact the message of the play seems to be more about the need for hope and a way out of violence than religion bashing if you really want to get down to it. In fact I would think that it's a little more offensive to native Africans if anyone. Oh and as far as the other shows go, I was underwhelmed by Sutton Foster which I know is musical theater blasphemy right now since she is b'way's golden girl, and I adored Daniel Radcliffe in H$S, (so now I know you think my opinion is crap). Sutton didn't use her full vocal range even with songs like Blow Gabriel yet she is being rewarded and Radcliffe seems to be all-out all performances and getting snubbed. Only negative I'll say with Radcliffe is with the suprisingly tough coreography he was given it seems he wasn't given tools to pace himself for the kind of run he signed up for. Maybe that is why he was snubbed. I can see that on a given night he may have missed a few notes from fatigue, but his joy in connecting with a live audience and other actors as opposed to a green screen is something to behold.

@Rich: lighten up. It's not that deep.

@rich, have u seen Book of Mormon? Its called entertainment, and its actually not a mean spirited musical at all, its very well done and the audience loved it. it's ok to poke fun at things, we all need to laugh a little and not take ourselves too seriously. People being over sensitive to every little thing is what is highly disturbing to me...

Rich Nielsen,

Mormons were a large contributor to a hateful campaign to deny equal rights to gays. They have little tolerance for outside views and conduct their rituals in secrecy. If you are not of their faith you have to marry on the back porch.

You don't see gays sponsoring bills to discriminate against mormons. And being mormon is a choice, unlike being gay which is not.

This narrow minded hateful behavior should be skewered.

And by the way, see the show, it makes fun of all sorts of stereotypes.

What a year for insulting religion!!!!

Merchant of Venice, Sister Act, The Book of Mormon.

BENGAL TIGER--Arian Moayed's nomination is FULLY deserved. What a terrific actor. Moises Kauffman should also have been nominated for his excellent direction. And the play should have been nominated for Best Play. Because audiences have not fully embraced the show does not always diminish its worth. To slide from "it should have won the Pulitzer" to not even being nominated??? Some choices are logical, other choices--or non-choices--seem totally arbitrary. BTW: Kudos to Hrach Titizian as well who played Uday Hussein in BENGAL TIGER--a riveting performance.

Would there be a celebrated, Tony-award nominated play making fun of African Americans? Hell, no! Would there be a play about Muslims mocking their religion to no end? No way.

Americans are bigots and hypocrites. Making fun of gays and minorities is deplored in this country, but making fun of certain religions is OK? Where is the sense of outrage? It's not there and it reveals some disturbing things about Americans.



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