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Really, Daniel Radcliffe is cool with the Tonys snub

Daniel Radcliffe Broadway newsConsidering many top Tony Award pundits believe that Daniel Radcliffe ("How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying") could have won best actor in a musical if he'd been nominated, it would seem an outrage that he got snubbed.

But the young actor isn't devastated: "The thing that shocked me was everybody else's reaction to me, and how they started treating me -- because it was like I lost a relative," Radcliffe told an audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. "In my opinion, it was sweet, but over the top. People would ask me, 'Are you OK?' And I'd go, 'I'm really OK!'

"I think I speak for 99% of actors when I say that the reason we do this job, while it's lovely to get recognized by your peers, it's not the reason why we do it," he added. "The people that do this job for awards and recognition are kind of worshiping at the wrong altar, and I'm not really quite sure if I want to know those people."

-- Tom O'Neil

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Photo: Daniel Radcliffe in "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." Credit: Al Hirschfeld Theatre


Will the Tonys go bananas for Edie Falco? [Video]

Four-time Emmy champ Edie Falco is now nominated for a Tony Award for a role that brought that same Broadway prize to Swoosie Kurtz in 1986: Bananas in "The House of Blue Leaves." Bananas is the heart and soul of that classic, wacky play by John Guare -– she's the spurned, heavily sedated wife of a scheming wannabe songwriter who openly parades his mistress around.

Falco won three Emmys as the no-nonsense wife of a scheming Mafioso in "The Sopranos" (1999, 2001, 2003) and one more as the heavily sedated medical aide and wife in "Nurse Jackie" (2010). She's back in the Emmy derby again, facing tough competition from Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation").

-- Tom O'Neil


New York Drama Critics Circle votes 'Good People' best play

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The New York Drama Critics' Circle voted "Good People" as best play of the year in a close race against "Jerusalem" and "Other Desert Cities," while "The Book of Mormon" won best musical in a cake walk.

Both shows are Tony Award nominees, unlike other recent productions hailed by the critics' circle. The group spurned all Broadway shows last year to pick "The Orphan's Home Cycle" as best play and, in 2009, it opted for Pulitzer Prize recipient "Ruined." No award for best musical was bestowed last year.

The circle is comprised of most of Gotham's leading drama critics, except the critic for the New York Times, which does not permit its journalists to participate. You can follow their voting rounds ballot by ballot here.

Most interesting is how poorly "War Horse" fared considering most pundits believe it will win the Tony Award for best play over "Good People." "War Horse" even lost best foreign play, an award bestowed only when an American work wins the prize for best play.

"Good People" stars Frances McDormand as a Boston single mom desperate to find a job. It was written by David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole").

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: The cast of "Good People." Credit Joan Marcus / Samuel G. Friedman Theatre


If nominated, Daniel Radcliffe could have won the Tony Award

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Many leading Broadway pundits believe Daniel Radcliffe could have won the Tony Award for best musical actor if he'd been nominated for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Sound crazy? Not when you examine how Tony voting works. The group of people who choose winners is not the same as the one that picks nominees. Nominations are selected by 30 members of a committee who had an agenda that may not have been shared by the 700 voters who pick winners.

Melissa Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly describes that agenda as "the 'Give the Tonys back to Broadway' backlash that ensued after Denzel Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johansson took home trophies in 2010."

If the committee hadn't blocked Radcliffe just because he's another Hollywood superstar, Bernardo believes "Radcliffe was poised to win the leading actor in a musical Tony — just as previous J. Pierrepont Finches Matthew Broderick and Robert Morse had."

Michael Musto of the Village Voice agrees: "If he'd gotten the nomination, he probably would have been the Catherine Zeta-Jones of this year and copped the prize, with Tony Sheldon ('Priscilla, Queen of the Desert') a runner up."

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Broadway shockers: Complete list of Tony Award snubs

Tonys red NEWBelow is a full list of every contender eligible in the top Tony Awards races that did not get a nomination. Compare to a list of Tony nominees  and a rundown of predictions by experts.

Not nominated for best play
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
"Brief Encounter"
"Colin Quinn Long Story Short"
"Elling"
"A Free Man of Color"
"Ghetto Klown"
"High"
"Lombardi"
"The Pee-wee Herman Show"
"The Pitmen Painters"
 
Not nominated for best musical
"Baby It's You!"
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"
"Elf"
"The People in the Picture"
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
"Rain"
"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
"Wonderland"

Not nominated for best play revival
"Born Yesterday"
"Driving Miss Daisy"
"The House of Blue Leaves"
"La Bête"
"A Life in the Theatre"
"Mrs. Warren's Profession"
"That Championship Season"

Not nominated for best actor in a play
Jim Belushi, "Born Yesterday"
Brian Cox, "That Championship Season"
Santino Fontana, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Brendan Fraser, "Elling"
David Furr, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
James Earl Jones, "Driving Miss Daisy"
Dan Lauria, "Lombardi"
John Leguizamo, "Ghetto Klown"
Seth Numrich, "War Horse"
Denis O'Hare, "Elling"
David Hyde Pierce, "La Bête"
Colin Quinn, "Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Paul Reubens, "The Pee-wee Herman Show"
Mark Rylance, "La Bête"
Patrick Stewart, "A Life in the Theatre"
Ben Stiller, "The House of Blue Leaves"
Tristan Sturrock, "Brief Encounter"
Robin Williams, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
Jeffrey Wright, "A Free Man of Color"

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Tony Awards mystery: Why was 'Priscilla' dumped?

Priscilla Tony Award nominationsOne of the biggest jaw-droppers concerning the list of Tony Award nominations was the absence of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" from the contenders for best musical.

The stage adaptation of the 1994 drag film classic seemed like a snap to be nominated along with "The Book of Mormon" and "Sister Act." The big cliffhanger in this contest was supposed to be whether "Catch Me If You Can" or "The Scottsborough Boys" would nab that fourth slot.

"Scottsborough" was the only closed show among the chief contenders and had been dismissed as a flop because it was shuttered after 78 performances, but it had sentiment on its side. It's the last new Broadway musical by the legendary team of Kander and Ebb ("Cabaret") following the death of lyricist Fred Ebb in 2004. Like me, some pundits predicted that it would squeak into this contest, but nobody foresaw it receiving 12 nominations!

"Priscilla" received far better reviews than "Catch Me," but the latter show probably trumped "Priscilla" because it has an original score. Nonetheless, Tony voters, strangely, didn't nominate it for score or lyrics. Go figure. At least breakout "Priscilla" star Tony Sheldon got nominated for best lead actor in a musical.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: A scene from "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Credit: Palace Theatre


Revealed: Why the Tony Awards slapped Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe Tony Award nominations newsJust one year after the Tony Awards enthusiastically embraced Hollywood stars in an unprecedented fashion, they coldly snubbed a galaxy of Tinseltown celebs when nominations were announced Tuesday. Why?

Best guess: It's a take-back of Broadway's top prize by New Yorkers fed up with last year's invasion of West Coasters.

It's outrageous that Daniel Radcliffe wasn't nominated for best actor in a musical. Hollywood's boy wizard had received rapturous reviews from Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, though the New York Times found him at best to be a "game, engaged" performer, for "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," which was nominated for best musical revival. And the role had serious Tonys pedigree: Robert Morse (1962) and Matthew Broderick (1995) won for performing the part in the past.

Also missing from the list of Tony nominees were the following Hollywood film celebs: James Earl Jones ("Driving Miss Daisy"), Kathleen Turner ("High"), Ben Stiller ("House of Blue Leaves") and Robin Williams ("Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo").

Granted, some famous names made the cut, like Al Pacino ("The Merchant of Venice") and Vanessa Redgrave ("Driving Miss Daisy"), but they were unavoidable. The high-profile omissions mean something and the message, if being read correctly, is fascinating.

Usually, it's tough for film stars to be taken seriously by Tony voters, but Scarlett Johansson ("A View from the Bridge"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("A Little Night Music"), Denzel Washington ("Fences") all won last year, shocking onlookers. The reason: The Tonys had just changed their voting system, booting out most theater critics from the electorate. In the past, the critics had added a high-brow element to the selection process. Without them, Tony voters got crazily star-struck when picking winners.

But Tony nominees aren't chosen by the whole voting body. They're picked by a select committee of Broadway insiders (see list) who obviously decided to remove the celebrity temptations from this year's nominee list before handing over the final ballot to 700 voters.

If true, that means Radcliffe was denied a shot at this year's Tony simply because too many other film stars won last year.

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Rose Hemingway and Daniel Radcliffe in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Credit: Ari Mintz


Tony Awards: Daniel Radcliffe and 'Bengal Tiger' among snubs in 2011 nominations

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Harry Potter won't be taking home a Tony Award this year. Actor Daniel Radcliffe didn't get great reviews for his high-profile performance in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and now the Tonys have agreed, failing to give the young actor a Tony nomination Tuesday morning.

This is the second time Radcliffe has been snubbed by the Tony Awards, the first time being in 2009 for his Broadway debut in the play "Equus."

"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize last year, was overlooked in the play category. Its high-profile star, Robin Williams, also failed to receive an acting nod for his performance in the title role. The war drama, which had its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2009, received three nominations -- for featured actor, lighting and sound. The play has been struggling to fill seats at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it opened to mixed reviews in late March.

Among the snubs in the new-musical category were "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," based on 1994 movie, and "Baby It's You," which had its debut at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2009.

The revival of "That Championship Season" was left entirely out in the cold. None of its cast members -- featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth and Brian Cox -- received nominations.

Other acting snubs included Chris Rock in "The Mother... With the Hat," James Earl Jones in "Driving Miss Daisy," Raúl Esparza in "Arcadia" and Robert Sean Leonard and Jim Belushi for "Born Yesterday."

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Daniel Radcliffe and Tammy Blanchard in Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying." Credit: Ari Mintz / Associated Press

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing


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:

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My fearless, 100% perfect Tony Award nominations predictions

Book of Mormon Broadway newsBecause Tony Award nominations will be unveiled Tuesday morning, it's time for kudos pundits to stick out thin, trembling necks. Below are my predictions for the top categories.

Notice the odd numbers of contenders per race. At the Tonys, there are only four nominees for best play, revival of a play and musical. However, considering how few musical revivals were staged on Broadway this season, that category will have only two. Meanwhile, there will be five nominees in the acting slots –- except lead musical actress. Because there were only six contenders eligible, there will be only four nominees.

The four rivals for best play look pretty solid. In the race for best musical, "The Scottsboro Boys" is vulnerable because it has closed, so it's possible that "Catch Me If You Can" gets in.

Compare my predix to those of other top Tony pundits at GoldDerby. Here is a full list of all rivals eligible in the top races.

There's no mystery surrounding what will win best musical ("Book of Mormon") and best musical revival ("Anything Goes"), but most other races are wide open.

-- Tom O'Neil

BEST PLAY
"Good People"
"Jerusalem"
"The Mother… With the Hat"
"War Horse"

Possible
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"
"Brief Encounter"
"Ghetto Klown"

BEST MUSICAL
"Book of Mormon"
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
"The Scottsboro Boys"
"Sister Act"

Possible
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"
"Catch Me If You Can"
"The People in the Picture"

BEST PLAY REVIVAL
"Born Yesterday"
"The Importance of Being Earnest"
"The Merchant of Venice"
"The Normal Heart"

Possible
"Arcadia"
"Driving Miss Daisy"
"House of Blue Leaves"

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