Two radically different musicals — “Fun Home,” a serious new coming-of-age gay musical, and the dance-driven new version of “An American in Paris” — each received 12 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musicals of the 2014-15 Broadway season.”Something Rotten!,” the musical-comedy with 10 nominations, and “The Visit” with five (including star Chita Rivera), complete the category.
For best play, “Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two,” a six-hour historical epic about Henry VIII, leads the pack with eight nominations, followed by “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a high-tech journey through the eyes of an autistic teen, which has six. Also reflecting the wildly contrasting work in this busy season, “Hand to God,” an irreverent spoof with the devil in a hand puppet, is next with five nominations. The Pulitzer-winning “Disgraced” has just one nomination, but it is for best play.
Despite the unusual number of contenders, the nominating committee chose not to pick a fifth nominee in each of these major categories. For musicals, this means the shunned includes “Finding Neverland” (including Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer), “Honeymoon in Vegas” (including Tony Danza), “It Shoulda Been You” (including Tyne Daly) and “Doctor Zhivago.” “The Last Ship” has just two nominations, one for Sting's score and one for orchestrations.
Plays ignored include Larry David's “A Fish in the Dark,” “The Audience” (although Helen Mirren is nominated), “Constellations,” (with a nomination for Ruth Wilson but none for Jake Gyllenhaal ) and the shut-out Hugh Jackman vehicle, “The River.”
“The King and I” leads the musical-revival category with nine nominations, including ones for Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. Next is “On the Twentieth Century,” with five, including Kristin Chenoweth but ignoring her costar Peter Gallagher. “On the Town” has four nominations. The nominators chose not to fill out the four-slot category, leaving out “Gigi” and the highly-regarded “Side Show.
For play revival, “Skylight” leads with seven nominations (including nods for Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan), followed by “You Can't Take it With You” with five (but nothing for James Earl Jones). “The Elephant Man” has four nominations, including actors Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. “This Is Our Youth” has only this one nomination (ignoring stars Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.
Revival shut-outs include “The Heidi Chronicles” (though Elizabeth Moss is nominated), “The Real Thing” (with nothing for Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal) and “A Delicate Balance” (nothing for John Lithgow and Glenn Close). Also conspicuous in their absence are Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing. Their starry comic hit, “It's Only a Play,” got only one nomination-a supporting nod for Micah Stock, the only previous unknown in the cast.
The awards will be telecast June 7 on CBS, with Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth as co-hosts. Special Tonys will be awarded to Tommy Tune, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Schwartz.