A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder could be renamed A Gentleman's Guide to Tony Nominations. The new musical, which features a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak, took home ten nominations — the most of any production, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score and two nominations for Best Actor: Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.
Noticeably absent from the nominations were some surprising misses, including Hollywood stars Denzel Washington (A Raisin in the Sun), Michelle Williams (Cabaret), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese) and Marisa Tomei (The Realistic Jonses).
Some might consider it a Betrayal that neither Daniel Craig nor Rachel Weisz, the husband and wife co-stars of the Harold Pinter revival, received nominations. The highly-anticipated production, which set a box-office record at the Barrymore Theatre, proved its weight in box-office gold, if not Tony gold.
They took all of New York by storm with their on and offstage bromance, which they memorably recorded on Twitter, but neither Patrick Stewart nor Ian McKellen received nominations for their performances in the repertory productions of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot. It's too bad; we were looking forward to their selfies from the awards ceremony.
Hollywood heavyweights Ethan Hawke and Orlando Bloom both tackled Shakespeare this fall, in respective productions of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, but neither received a nomination for his performance in the title roles. In fact, both starry productions were completely overlooked for nominations.
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The critically acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie received seven nominations, including Best Actress (Cherry Jones), Best Featured Actress (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Best Featured Actor (Brian J. Smith). Zachary Quinto, making his Broadway debut as the aspiring writer Tom, was the only member of the cast to not be recognized.
After stripping naked in Equus and dancing up a storm in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Daniel Radcliffe proved his stage talents yet again in the title role of the dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, yet the nominators overlooked his work for a third time.
Denzel Washington took home a Tony Award for his last Broadway turn in August Wilson's Fences, but his performance as Walter Lee Younger in Kenny Leon's revival of A Raisin in the Sun did not earn him a nomination.
Sally Bowles' dreams of stardom are still beyond her reach; though many thought Michelle Williams gave a "perfectly marvelous" performance while making her Broadway debut as the ill-fated nightclub singer in Cabaret, she was also overlooked by Tony nominators. Not to mention the fact that the Tony-winning revival was passed up for another Tony win, leaving the Best Musical Revival category with one less that its allowed four nominees.
The competition was notably intense for the role of Helen Sinclair in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen's movie "Bullets Over Broadway," and the role went to Marin Mazzie. Mazzie, who has three Tony nominations under her belt already, did not receive one for her performance as the narcissistic, alcoholic diva.
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Stephen Spinella is a two-time Tony Award winner for Angels in America: Perestroika and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, but his performance as Chris in Eric Coble's two-hander The Velocity of Autumn did not receive a nomination, while Estelle Parsons, who co-stars with Spinella as his feisty mother, did.
James Franco has a jam-packed resumé already, but he is not able to add Tony nominee to his list of credentials. Making his Broadway debut in the Anna D. Shapiro-helmed revival of Of Mice and Men, Franco did not garner a nomination for his performance as George. His co-star, however, Chris O'Dowd, was nominated for Best Actor in a Play.
Making his Broadway musical debut in the Jason Robert Brown tuner The Bridges of Madison County, Steven Pasquale, whose performance of "It All Fades Away" left audiences enrapt, was thought by many to be a front runner for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony nomination. But the "Rescue Me" star didn't earn a nomination for the role of romantic photographer Robert, who woos Italian housewife Francesca.
TV stars that took to the stage, but did not receive nominations, also include "Scrubs" star Zach Braff in Bullets Over Broadway; "Weeds" leading lady Mary-Louise Parker in The Snow Geese; "Will and Grace" and "Smash" star Debra Messing, making her Broadway debut in Outside Mullingar; "Dexter" slasher Michael C. Hall and "The United States of Tara" star Toni Collette in The Realistic Jonses. Hall and Collette's co-stars, Academy Award winner Marissa Tomei and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, were not nominated either.
Leaving the 2013-14 season completely empty-handed was the highly anticipated Big Fish, the Andrew Lippa-John August musical helmed by Tony winner Susan Stroman. Boasting an impressive cast that included Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert, as well as two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz giving a tour-de-force performance as both the old and young Edward Bloom, the visually decadent production that boasted numerous song-and-dance numbers didn't receive a single nod from the Tonys. Directors that were not recognized include Alex Timbers, Michael Greif, Susan Stroman, Joe Mantello, Lonny Price, Bart Sher and Sam Gold.
Several productions were also locked out of Tony nominations this season, including Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land, Betrayal, Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, Soul Doctor, Bronx Bombers, The Winslow Boy, First Date and Romeo and Juliet.