L.A.'s 'Rock of Ages' rocks Tony nominations
Shows that were first produced in Southern California before moving to Broadway got some top nominations (and missed a big one) at this morning's announcement of the Tony contenders.
"Rock of Ages," the hair-metal jukebox musical, did the hometown proud by receiving five nods including one for best musical. The affectionate look at '80s rock bands on the Sunset Strip had its origins at the Vanguard in Hollywood before moving to Broadway. The musical was directed by L.A. theater veteran Kristin Hanggi, who received her first Tony nomination, and written by Chris D'Arienzo.
The show also received a nomination for former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis as best actor in a musical.
"9 to 5: The Musical" failed to score a nomination for best musical, but it did walk away with four other nods, including one for Dolly Parton's score and another for actress Allison Janney. The show was first produced at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations," which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse, scored five nominations, including one for best play and one for actress Jane Fonda.
-- David Ng
Photo: Former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis in a scene from the musical "Rock of Ages." Credit: Joan Marcus.