Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose announced the nominations for the 65th Annual Tony Awards May 3 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center.
Two new musicals scored the most nominations of any productions of the season: The Book of Mormon, which received 14 nominations, and the already-closed The Scottsboro Boys, which earned 12 nominations.
Created by Book and Score nominees Matt Parker and Trey Stone (“South Park”) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), The Book of Mormon offers as unlikely a subject for a Broadway musical as there ever was: a couple of fresh-faced male missionaries who travel to AIDS-plagued, violence-ravaged Uganda to spread the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It contains profanity and references that break ground for a Broadway musical. It earned critical raves, and has been playing to 102 percent capacity (which includes standing-room) in recent weeks.
Two Carnegie Mellon grads working in The Book of Mormon did well: Rory O’Malley, who plays the repressed but tap-happy missionary Elder McKinley, was nominated in the Featured Actor category, and Josh Gad was nominated as Best Actor for playing loudmouth Elder Cunningham. Andrew Rannells (as Elder Price) was also nommed as Best Actor, and Nikki M. James (Nabulungi) was nommed as Best Featured Actress.
|photo by Paul Kolnik|
It was a good morning for The Scottsboro Boys, the musical about a grim chapter in American justice. The conceptual entertainment by librettist David Thompson, composer John Kander and the late Fred Ebb closed last fall after a brief run, but Tony nominators remembered the ambitious show that used a minstrel show as a frame to…