"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a light musical-comedy romp about murders in Edwardian England, was the surprise recipient of 10 Tony Award nominations, the most of any show honored Tuesday in what proved to be extremely unpredictable announcements.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the revival of a 1998 Off-Broadway hit, received eight nominations, including one for Neil Patrick Harris' extravagant performance of a transgender hard-rocker from East Berlin. The all-male, two-play repertory from London's Globe Theater also got eight nominations -- seven for "Twelfth Night," one for "Richard III."
In a rich season notable for its lack of front-runners, the nominations spread accolades around. But they also left a shocking number of likely candidates -- many of the most praised and famous stars -- out in the cold. Bryan Cranston was nominated for his Broadway debut, as was his vehicle, "All the Way." But Denzel Washington was not nominated for his devastating performance in "A Raisin in the Sun."
At least as outrageous was the omission of Daniel Radcliffe, his third Tony shutout, this time for "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart received nothing, and neither did their terrific Pinter/Beckett season. Rebecca Hall's stunner in "Machinal" was ignored, as was that brilliant revival. Chris O'Dowd got a nomination for portraying the dimwitted Lennie in "Of Mice and Men," but James Franco, who plays George, did not.
Nominees for best musical were "After Midnight," "Aladdin," "Beautiful -- the Carole King Musical" and "A Gentleman's Guide." Conspicuously absent: "The Bridges of Madison County," "Rocky," "If/Then" and "Bullets over Broadway" (though Woody Allen was nominated for his adaptation). Best play nominees were "Act One," "All the Way," "Casa Valentina" and "Mothers and Sons," but not "The Realistic Joneses" or stars Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette and Tracy Letts.
Other big-name omissions included Daniel Craig, Zachary Quinto, Rachel Weisz, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Michelle Williams and Debra Messing. The awards will be telecast June 8 on CBS, with Hugh Jackman as host.