Who's Eligible for Tony Nomination in Production and Leading Acting Categories

By Andrew Gans
May 2, 2011

Tony Awards Productions has compiled a list of actors who are eligible for nomination in the Leading Actor/Actress categories for both plays and musicals. A list of eligible plays, musicals and revivals is also available.



Those eligible for nomination follow:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play*

Brian Bedford - The Importance of Being Earnest
Jim Belushi - Born Yesterday
Bobby Cannavale - The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Brian Cox - That Championship Season
Santino Fontana - The Importance of Being Earnest
Brendan Fraser - Elling
David Furr - The Importance of Being Earnest
James Earl Jones - Driving Miss Daisy
Dan Lauria - Lombardi
John Leguizamo - Ghetto Klown
Joe Mantello - The Normal Heart
Seth Numrich - War Horse
Denis O'Hare - Elling
Al Pacino - The Merchant of Venice
David Hyde Pierce - La Bête
Colin Quinn - Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Paul Reubens - The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Mark Rylance - Jerusalem
Mark Rylance - La Bête
Patrick Stewart - A Life in the Theatre
Ben Stiller - The House of Blue Leaves
Tristan Sturrock - Brief Encounter
Robin Williams - Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Jeffrey Wright - A Free Man of Color

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play*

Nina Arianda - Born Yesterday
Cherry Jones - Mrs. Warren's Profession
Frances McDormand - Good People
Lily Rabe - The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave - Driving Miss Daisy
Kathleen Turner - High
Hannah Yelland - Brief Encounter

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical*

Sebastian Arcelus - Elf
Norbert Leo Butz - Catch Me If You Can
Colin Donnell - Anything Goes
Josh Gad - The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry - The Scottsboro Boys
Daniel Radcliffe - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Andrew Rannells - The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon - Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Will Swenson - Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Aaron Tveit - Catch Me If You Can
Benjamin Walker - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical*

Janet Dacal - Wonderland
Sutton Foster - Anything Goes
Beth Leavel - Baby It's You!
Patina Miller - Sister Act
Donna Murphy - The People in the Picture
Sherie Rene Scott - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

*All other eligible performers will be considered in the Featured Role category. 

Those eligible for nomination in the production categories follow:

Best Play

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Brief Encounter
Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Elling
A Free Man of Color
Ghetto Klown
Good People
High
Jerusalem
Lombardi
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
The Pitmen Painters
War Horse

Best Musical

Baby It's You!
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
Elf
The People in the Picture
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Rain
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Wonderland

Best Revival of a Play

Arcadia
Born Yesterday
Driving Miss Daisy
The House of Blue Leaves
The Importance of Being Earnest
La Bête
A Life in the Theatre
The Merchant of Venice
Mrs. Warren's Profession
The Normal Heart
That Championship Season

Best Revival of a Musical

Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Nominations will be announced May 3.

The American Theatre Wing's 65th Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS June 12 at 8 PM ET live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.