James Corden nominated for Tony Award
Tuesday 01 May 2012
James Corden has been nominated for a prestigious Tony Award for the Broadway production of his hit show One Man, Two Guvnors.
The actor - who won acclaim for his London run of the show - faces eminent names for the title of best leading actor in a play, including Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Earl Jones.
Corden, 33, was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his West End stint in the show but lost out to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein.
The star, known to TV viewers for Gavin And Stacey, hosted the Brit Awards in February and famously interrupted Adele as she made her winner's speech at the climax of the show.
Corden, who opened on Broadway last month, said today: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated for a Tony Award and to see my name on a list with these four American acting legends is overwhelming."
He is up against Hoffman for Death Of A Salesman, Jones for The Best Man, Frank Langella for Man And Boy and John Lithgow for The Columnist.
Former Coronation Street actress Tracie Bennett is another British hopeful for this year's awards. She has been nominated for her role as Judy Garland in End Of The Rainbow.
Bennett, 50, is known to TV audiences for her role as Corrie's Sharon Gaskell and has gone on to have a lengthy stage career in productions such as Les Miserables and Hairspray. She played Garland in a West End run of End Of The Rainbow which began in 2010.
Bennett is battling for the leading actress in a play against stars such as Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon.
A stage version of the low-budget Irish movie hit Once leads the shortlist with 11 nominations. The musical, love story about an Irish busker and a Czech flower seller, features the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly.
The music was written by The Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who together record as Swell Season.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hits Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita have both been nominated for best musical revival, along with Follies and Porgy and Bess.
The winners will be announced on June 10.
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 3 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 4 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 5 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in trailer for new Alan Turing film The Imitation Game
Endeavour series 2, episode 4 - TV review: A gripping, sordid, startling and magnificent end to the series
It looks like Krusty the Clown is the major Simpsons character death
Russell T Davies wants your 'sexcapades' for new web series Tofu about modern sex culture
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains