'Once' leads 2012 Tony Award nods
Steve Kazee (center), Christin Milioti and the 'Once' cast attend the 'Once' Broadway opening night on March 18 in NYC.
May 1st, 2012
01:51 PM ET

'Once' leads 2012 Tony Award nods

The nominations are in for the 66th annual Tony Awards, and Broadway musical "Once" leads the pack with 11 nominations, including best musical, best direction, best lead actress and best lead actor.

In the best musical catgeory, "Once" is going up against "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "Newsies" and "Leap of Faith."

The revival of "Porgy and Bess" is right behind "Once" with 10 nods, including one for "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald. For plays, "Peter and the Starcatcher" leads with nine nominations, and is up for best play against "Clybourne Park," "Other Desert Cities" and "Venus in Fur."

Both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield are nominated for their performances in the revival of "Death of a Salesman" (best lead actor and best featured actor, respectively), and "Death of a Salesman" is also up for the best revival of a play Tony.

Cynthia Nixon's "Wit" is competing with "Death of a Salesman" in that category, and the former "Sex and the City" star is also up for the best lead actress in a play Tony. That'll see her compete against another Hollywood name, Stockard Channing, who is nominated for her performance in "Other Desert Cities."

Meanwhile, one of the most-buzzed about musicals of the last year, "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," received two Tony nods: one for best costume design, and another for best scenic design of a musical.

We'll find out the winners when the Tony Awards air live on CBS from the Beacon Theatre on June 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be hosted once again by Neil Patrick Harris, and will also commemorate another film/theater star, Hugh Jackman, with a special Tony award.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best play

"Clybourne Park"
"Other Desert Cities"
"Peter and the Starcatcher"
"Venus in Fur"

Best musical

"Leap of Faith"
"Newsies"
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
"Once"

Best revival of a play

"Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
"Gore Vidal’s The Best Man"
"Master Class"
"Wit"

Best revival of a musical

"Evita"
"Follies"
"The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
"Jesus Christ Superstar"

Best book of a musical

"Lysistrata Jones," Douglas Carter Beane
"Newsies," Harvey Fierstein
"Nice Work If You Can Get It," Joe DiPietro
"Once," Enda Walsh

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater

"Bonnie & Clyde," Frank Wildhorn (music) and Don Black (lyrics)
"Newsies," Alan Menken (music), Jack Feldman (lyrics)
"One Man, Two Guvnors," Grant Olding (music and lyrics)
"Peter and the Starcatcher," Wayne Barker (music) and Rick Elice (lyrics)

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

James Corden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
James Earl Jones, "Gore Vidal’s The Best Man"
Frank Langella, "Man and Boy"
John Lithgow, "The Columnist"

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play

Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur"
Tracie Bennett, "End of the Rainbow"
Stockard Channing, "Other Desert Cities"
Linda Lavin, "The Lyons"
Cynthia Nixon, "Wit"

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

Danny Burstein, "Follies"
Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies"
Steve Kazee, "Once"
Norm Lewis, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Ron Raines, "Follies"

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

Jan Maxwell, "Follies"
Audra McDonald, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Cristin Milioti, "Once"
Kelli O’Hara, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Laura Osnes, "Bonnie & Clyde"

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Michael Cumpsty, "End of the Rainbow"
Tom Edden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Andrew Garfield, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Jeremy Shamos, "Clybourne Park"

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

Linda Emond, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Spencer Kayden, "Don’t Dress for Dinner"
Celia Keenan-Bolger, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Judith Light, "Other Desert Cities"
Condola Rashad, "Stick Fly"

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

Phillip Boykin, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Michael Cerveris, "Evita"
David Alan Grier, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Michael McGrath, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Josh Young, "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

Elizabeth A. Davis, "Once"
Jayne Houdyshell, "Follies"
Judy Kaye, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Jessie Mueller, "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, "Ghost: the Musical"

Best scenic design of a play

John Lee Beatty, "Other Desert Cities"
Daniel Ostling, "Clybourne Park"
Mark Thompson, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Donyale Werle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Best scenic design of a musical

Bob Crowley, "Once"
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, "Ghost: the Musical"
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, "Newsies"
George Tsypin, "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark"

Best costume design of a play

William Ivey Long, "Don’t Dress for Dinner"
Paul Tazewell, "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Mark Thompson, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Paloma Young, "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Best costume design of a musical

Gregg Barnes, "Follies"
ESosa, The Gershwins’ "Porgy and Bess"
Eiko Ishioka, "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark"
Martin Pakledinaz, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Best lighting design of a play

Jeff Croiter, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Peter Kaczorowski, "The Road to Mecca"
Brian MacDevitt, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Kenneth Posner, "Other Desert Cities"

Best lighting design of a musical

Christopher Akerlind, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Natasha Katz, "Follies"
Natasha Katz, "Once"
Hugh Vanstone, "Ghost: the Musical"

Best sound design of a play

Paul Arditti, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Scott Lehrer, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Gareth Owen, "End of the Rainbow"
Darron L. West, "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Best sound design of a musical

Acme Sound Partners, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Clive Goodwin, "Once"
Kai Harada, "Follies"
Brian Ronan, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Best choreography

Rob Ashford, "Evita"
Christopher Gattelli, "Newsies"
Steven Hoggett, "Once"
Kathleen Marshall, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Best direction of a play

Nicholas Hytner, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Pam MacKinnon, "Clybourne Park"
Mike Nichols, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Best direction of a musical

Jeff Calhoun, "Newsies"
Kathleen Marshall, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Diane Paulus, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
John Tiffany, "Once"

Best orchestrations

William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Bill Elliott, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Martin Lowe, "Once"
Danny Troob, "Newsies"


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  3. Ellen Claire Kowit

    I agree completely.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bb

    What about "How to Succed" totally ignored-ridiculous

    May 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      1) Have you seen ***everything*** that has been nominated? If not, how can you judge?

      2) If you *have* seen everything that was nominated, then compare and contrast what you felt about the nominees that were undeserving and the ones in How To Succeed that were deserving

      3) Remind us all, what exactly are your credentials to be taken seriously on this topic?

      May 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelli

      How to Succeed won 2-3 Tony Awards last year. I don't think it is eligible again.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      Correct, How to Suceed did not qualify this year, only the year it debuted.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • EddyL

      That was last year's musical, dope.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Les

    Just saw "Once" over the weekend in NYC. LOVED it!!! The Tony nods are well deserved.

    May 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I Like Razzle Dazzle

    Whatever happened to the days when original Broadway shows eventually became movies? The numbingly low-key, digitally-shot snorefest movie version of "Once" was arguably the most overrated screen romance-music-drama of the decade. Now it's playing at inflated prices on Broadway. No thanks!!

    May 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      agreed

      May 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      Are you ignoring the fact that both Rock of Ages and Les Mis movies are being released this year? Not to mention the Annie remake? There has still been a steady stream of Broadway movie releases, though perhaps movie-going culture has not embraced these films as fervently as in the past. And Once the film never set itself up to be a gripping blockbuster film but a simple story intended to highlight the Swell Season's music. Also, Once the musical sells seats for $30 every day. I call that a pretty good deal.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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