8:35 AM CDT, May 1, 2012
With the aptly named “Leap of Faith” unexpectedly snagging the contested fourth spot, the musicals “Once,“ “Newsies” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” scored all-important 2012 Tony Award nominations in the category of best musical. “Once” had an especially good morning, snagging 11 nominations across a broad swath of categories.
Productions of “Evita,” “Follies,” “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” will battle it out in the category of best musical revival, the Tonys committee also announced in New York on Tuesday morning.
Chicago star Jessie Mueller snagged a nomination for best featured actress for her widely admired work in the otherwise troubled revival of the musical “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” The show was, remarkably, Mueller's Broadway debut. The Chicago designer Dan Ostling was also honored, scoring a Tony nomination for his scenic work on the Broadway production of Bruce Norris' “Clybourne Park.”
“Clybourne Park,” which is set in Chicago, was also a nominee in the category of best new play, a hotly contested group that also included Jon Robin Baitz's “Other Desert Cities,” Rick Elice's “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and David Ives' “Venus in Fur.” There was no nod for David Henry Hwang's “Chinglish.” The nominees for best revival of a play are “Death of a Salesman,” “The Best Man,” “Master Class” and “Wit.” Emily Mann's revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” was shut out.
The winner of this year's annual Tony Award for excellence in regional theater, awarded as part of the nominations, is the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, D.C.
The nominations were announced via webcast by performers Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons. The awards ceremony will be 7 p.m. June 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, televised live on CBS.
For the full list of nominees for the American Theatre Wing's 2012 Tony Awards, go to tonyawards.com.
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