There was only one thing on the collective mind of Glitter Gulch this week and that was the Antoinette Perry Awards nominations for the 2014-15 season.
The folks at Fun Home, An American in Paris and Wolf Hall had the most to celebrate. The first two were tied for most nominations, with 12 each. Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of the classic 1951 Hollywood film musical earned nods for Best Musical, Direction, Choreography and Best Lead Actor in a Musical, among others. Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's Pulitzer-winning autobiographical graphic novel, is up for Best Musical, Book, Score, Best Lead Actor in a Musical and Best Lead Actress in a Musical, among others.
The sprawling Henry VIII saga Wolf Hall Parts One & Two got the most nods for a play, earning eight nominations including Best Play and Best Lead Actor in a Play. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time came in second, with six nominations, also including Best Play and Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play.
The other Best Play nominees were Disgraced and Hand to God. The other Best Musical nominees were Something Rotten! and The Visit. The latter also got a nomination for Best Original Score, thus giving the last lyricist Fred Ebb a posthumous nomination.
The entire three-person cast of the hit revival of Skylight was nominated: Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard. And the two leads in Hand to God, Geneva Carr and Steven Boyer, were both honored — a first for both actors. The play she’s starring in, The Audience, didn’t get recognized, but Helen Mirren was nominated, making her instantly the front runner of the Best Leading Actress in a Play category. The Best Actress in a Musical category, meanwhile, might be a little tougher, with Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara and Chita Rivera all strong contenders.
Stage veteran Patricia Clarkson got her first Tony nod for The Elephant Man. Brad Oscar received his first since The Producers 14 years ago, for Something Rotten!. Three-time past nominee Judy Kuhn claimed her first nomination in 21 years, for Fun Home.
David Rockwell, showing his versatility, got nominations for Scenic Design of a Play (You Can’t Take It With You) and Musical (On the Twentieth Century). Bob Crowley did him two better, with Scenic Design noms for Skylight and An American in Paris and a Costume Design noms for The Audience and An American in Paris. The directing categories were filled with familiar names and past nominees and winners such as Stephen Daldry, Scott Ellis, Casey Nicholaw, John Rando and Bartlett Sher, as well as the hardest-to-pronounce director nominee since Darko Tresnjak—Moritz von Stuelpnagel for Hand to God. (Memo to Tonys brass: Don’t have John Travolta announce that category.)
And then there were those unlucky shows that didn’t even get one. Those included the ambitious, big-budget musical Finding Neverland. Film producer Harvey Weinstein, whose first foray into Broadway this is, said in reaction, "With 27 nominations today for Fun Home, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall, shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled. As for Finding Neverland, our passion for it remains unwavering. I could not be more proud of the magic created on our stage by Diane Paulus and the entire Neverland team night after night, which has made this show a smash hit."
As for Paulus, this is the first time her work on Broadway hasn’t been nominated for a Tony. Finding Neverland will also be the first Broadway production that will not win a production Tony. Hair, Porgy and Bess and Pippin all won a prize. Another play that also didn’t get any nominations was the comedy Living on Love, which features opera star Renée Fleming. It posted its closing notice and will play its final performance this Sunday, May 3.