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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