A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, a musical comedy set in Edwardian England, led the competition Tuesday with 10 nominations for the Tony Awards, the highest honours in US theatre.
Recent Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris earned his first nomination for his acclaimed turn as an East German transgender singer in the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which earned a total of eight nods.
Four musicals are in the running for the top prize: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Aladdin, the adaptation of Disney’s hit animated film; After Midnight, a celebration of the Jazz Age; and Beautiful — The Carole King Musical, about the American singer.
Competing for the best play award are Act One, All The Way starring Breaking Bad alum Bryan Cranston as former US president Lyndon B. Johnson, Casa Valentina, Mothers and Sons starring Tyne Daly, and romantic comedy Outside Mullingar.
Cranston is nominated as best actor in a play, along with Irish actor Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men and British actor Mark Rylance in Richard III.
Rylance is also nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play – as Olivia in Twelfth Night.
Several Hollywood A-list stars taking a turn on Broadway were snubbed, including Daniel Radcliffe, starring in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Denzel Washington for A Raisin In The Sun, James Franco in Of Mice and Men and Michelle Williams in Cabaret.
Five-time Tony winner Audra MacDonald was nominated for best actress in a play for her work as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. If she wins, she will be the first performer to win six Tonys for acting, and the first person to win in each of the four acting categories – a Tony grand slam.
She faces stiff competition in Daly, LaTanya Richardson Jackson in “A Raisin in the Sun,” Cherry Jones in “The Glass Menagerie” and Estelle Parsons in “The Velocity of Autumn.”
The 68th Tony Awards, to be hosted by Australian Hugh Jackman, will be handed out in New York on June 8.