Notable Absences from the Tony Nominations

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The Broadway community has been holding its breath in anticipation of the May 4 announcement of the 2010 Tony Award nominations. There's a lot of celebrating going on in Shubert Alley now that the contenders have been revealed, but with only four or five slots available per category, not everyone made the Tony list.

Among the Broadway heavy-hitters not nominated: Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, which starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig (the production did not earned a single nomination); Tony-winning musical veterans Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane of The Addams Family (the production was not named in the Best Musical category); Kristin Chenoweth for her more somber turn in Promises, Promises (which also didn't make the Best Musical Revival category); Lend Me A Tenor's starry trifecta Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia and Justin Bartha, as well as Stanley Tucci in his Broadway directorial debut.

A Behanding in Spokane is the first of Martin McDonagh's plays to be overlooked by the Tony Awards nominating committee; David Mamet's Race (which he also directed) was not recognized in both the Best Play and Best Direction categories; and Enron, which made a splash in London, didn't find a spot in the Best Play category.

American Idiot director Michael Mayer, who expanded the Green Day album of the same title into a theatrical rock event, didn't nab a nomination in the Best Direction of a Musical slot. Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (widely viewed as the stand-out star of the musical) also failed to garner a nomination.

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