Tony Nominations Make West 48th an Honored Street

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The 2005 Tony nominations spread their honors among a wide variety of shows, but geography-wise, the tally concentrated most pointedly on the block of West 48th Street between Broadway and Eight Avenue.

On that block sit two Broadway theatres: the Longacre and the Walter Kerr. Edward Albee's Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is playing at the former and John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is occupying the latter; between the two of them, they collected 14 Tony nominations, including nods for both productions (Best Revival of a Play and Best Play, respectively). Actors in particular fared well. In fact, there is no performer acting on that stretch of midtown sidewalk who was not nominated. The entire casts of Woolf (Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, David Harbour, Mireille Enos) and Doubt (Cherry Jones, Brian F. O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh, Adriane Lenox) are in the running for Tony awards.

To add to 48th Street's bounty, On Golden Pond, on the block between Seventh and Sixth Avenues, took home two nominations, including one for James Earl Jones. All told, three actors working on the street will compete for the Leading Actor in a Play prize: Irwin, O'Byrne and Jones.

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