The Tony Awards are on their way and the first stop toward the Broadway award season is the list of nominees. The broadcast will be hosted by Hugh Jackman on CBS on Sunday, June 8 and competition is so stiff that it's been hard to even make a proper prediction on what will happen. The 2013 Tony Awards were a victory for women and people of color, sending three women home with awards for directing and musical score while four performers of color went home with awards for their roles in the shows themselves. In fact, the 2013 Tony Awards made Cyndi Lauper the first solo woman to win a Tony for her score. For an award ceremony that is notoriously white and male in its recipients, the 2013 Tony Awards were a nice deviation from the norm. Will the 2014 Tony Awards follow in those same footsteps?
The potential nominees ranged from Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame, as if that needs saying) to Denzel Washington (from Denzel Washington fame, as if that needs saying), not to mention Neil Patrick Harris, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Rebecca Hall and Idina Menzel. What show was going home with best musical was really anyone's guess, although Menzel's "If/Then" and "Aladdin" are both doing well at the box office. By the time Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff took the stage at the Paramount Hotel to announce the nominees, everyone was clinging to the edge of their seats in anticipation.
Unfortunately, and to great surprise, Denzel Washington didn't receive a nomination at all, although A Raisin in the Sun is one of the contenders for Best Revival. Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel are both nominated, which was to be expected, but the fact that Washington was passed over for a Tony this year doesn't bode well for another ground-breaking ceremony like the 2013 awards.
The nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards are:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth NightBryan Cranston, All The WayChris O'Dowd, Of Mice and MenMark Rylance, Richard IIITony Shalhoub, Act One
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly, Mother and SonsLaTanya Richardson Jackson, Raisin in the SunCherry Jones, The Glass MenagerieAudra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & GrillEstelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry InchRamin Karimloo, Les MisérablesAndy Karl, RockyJefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & MurderBryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis JoplinSutton Foster, VioletIdina Menzel, If/ThenJesse Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King MusicalKelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
Best Revival of a Play
The Cripple of InishmaanThe Glass MenagereA Raisin in the SunTwelfth Night
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry InchLes MisérablesViolet
Act One by James LapineAll The Way by Robert SchenkkanCasa Valentina by Harvey FiersteinMothers and Sons by Terrence McNallyOutside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
After MidnightAladdinBeautiful – The Carole King MusicalA Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder