“Fun Home,” the biographical musical about the life of graphic artist Alison Bechdel, and “An American in Paris,” the stage adaptation of the 1951 MGM musical, each earned 12 Tony nominations Tuesday morning, including honors for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.
Close behind with 10 nominations was “Something Rotten,” the musical comedy about the (fictional) creation of the world’s first musical. It’ll also compete for the coveted Best Musical title, alongside “The Visit” -- the last musical from the celebrated songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (“Chicago,” “Cabaret”).
The musical adaption of “Finding Neverland,” from first-time Broadway producer Harvey Weinstein, was completely shut out of the race -- a first for Weinstein, whose films usually dominate awards season. Several other new musicals that received positive reviews, including the David Hyde Pierce-directed “It Shoulda Been You” and Jason Robert Brown’s “Honeymoon in Vegas,” were also ignored.
The Tony nominating committee also chose to keep the category of Best Revival of a Musical to only three nominees: “The King and I,” “On the Town” and “On the 20th Century.” The Vanessa Hudgens-led “Gigi” and critically-acclaimed “Side Show” revival were left in the dark.
Four new works earned nominations for Best Play: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” (click for behind-the-scenes look) “Hand to God,” “Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two” and “Disgraced” -- the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama.
Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper received his first Tony nomination for “The Elephant Man.” His co-stars in “The Elephant Man,” Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, were also nominated for acting awards, in the featured category.
“The Elephant Man” itself picked up a nomination for Best Revival of a Play. It’ll compete against “Skylight” and two other revivals that, like “The Elephant Man,” are no longer running on Broadway: “This Is Our Youth” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”
Film stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, who lead the “Skylight” revival, both nabbed leading acting nominations for their respective roles. Nighy will go up against Cooper, Steven Boyer (“Hand to God”), Ben Miles (“Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”) and Alex Sharp (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”)
Mulligan’s nomination comes in a category crowded with Hollywood A-listers, including Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (“The Audience”), Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (“Constellations”) and Golden Globe-winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”). Broadway newcomer Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”) joins them.
Kelli O’Hara, who has never won a Tony, received her sixth nomination for acting, this time for Lincoln Center’s acclaimed revival of “The King and I.” She’ll compete in the best leading actress in a musical category alongside this year’s Tony host Kristin Chenoweth (“On the 20th Century”), Royal Ballet School alumna Leanne Cope (“An American in Paris”) and Broadway veteran Chita Rivera (“The Visit”).
All three of the actresses who portray Alison Bechdel in “Fun Home” -- Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Emily Seggs -- were nominated for separate acting awards. Malone will compete in the leading actress category with O’Hara and company, while Lucas and Seggs will compete (alongside “Fun Home” matriarch Judy Kuhn) in featured.
The patriarch of the “Fun Home” family -- Michael Cerveris -- also received a nomination, for leading actor in a musical. He’ll duke it out with Robert Fairchild (“An American in Paris”), Brian d’Arcy James (“Something Rotten!”), Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) and Oscar-nominee Ken Watanabe (“The King and I”).
Winners of the 2015 Tony Awards will be announced Sunday, June 7, in a ceremony airing on CBS. To read a full list of nominees, head to www.tonyawards.com.
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