Pacino, Redgrave and 'Mormon' get Broadway nominations, not Radcliffe, Stiller or 'Spider-Man'
Thursday 05 May 2011
The 65th Tony Awards, New York City's theatrical trophy for Broadway plays, were announced on May 3 by Matthew Broderick (
The Producers) and Anika Noni Rose (
The Book of Mormon winning for the most nominations in the musical category.
The musical comedy was co-written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the irreverent cartoon South Park from Comedy Central, the US cable channel, and Robert Lopez, who wrote the hit play Avenue Q.
The comedy musical about mismatched Mormon missioners in Uganda received a total of 14 nods including best musical, score, book, lead actors, co-directors and choreography.
Acting nominations went to Al Pacino for Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Vanessa Redgrave for Driving Miss Daisy, Edie Falco for The House of Blue Leaves, and Frances McDormand for Good People.
The troubled Spider-Man production was not nominated since the musical was not eligible. It remained in previews before going on its current hiatus until May 12.
Other notable plays getting recognition include the National Theatre of Great Britain's successful adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo children's novel War Horse, which Steven Spielberg is filming for a December release.
Screen-to-stage adaptations include Catch Me If You Can (based on the 2002 film about a famed con man) and Sister Act, produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who also starred in the 1992 movie.
Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe stars in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and despite positive reviews was snubbed for a nomination. He's in good company with other actors not nominated this season, such as Ben Stiller, James Earl Jones, and comedian Chris Rock from The Motherf**ker With the Hat.
The Tony Awards will be telecast live June 12 from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
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