- Despite having 12 options, the Nominating Committee only went with 4 Best Musical nominees, leaving out If/Then, Bullets Over Broadway, Bridges of Madison County, and Rocky. Making the cut? Cotton Club tribute revue After Midnight, Disney adaptation Aladdin, Beautiful, the Carole King biomusical, and A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder, which is based on the same book that was adapted as Kind Hearts and Coronets.
- Because After Midnight didn't really have a book, it's not nominated for Best Book. Getting that slot is Woody Allen for Bullets Over Broadway. (Woody's never even been nominated for a Grammy or Emmy before, so EGOT watch seems low.)
- Somewhat surprisingly, Aladdin does get into original score (there are some new songs, generally considered inferior to the Ashman/Mencken stuff), with If/Then and Bridges of Madison County filling out the category.
- Though controversially eligible, Cabaret is largely snubbed--no Best Revival nomination, no nomination for Michelle Williams--just a pair of featured acting nods. (Taking the slot presumed to be hers in Best Actress in a Musical? The lead from A Night With Janis Joplin.)
- In addition to Michelle Williams, a number of other "name" performers didn't get in, including Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Zachary Levi (First Date), Daniel Radcliffe (Cripple of Inishmaan), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), and Denzel Washington (Raisin in the Sun).
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
EITHER/OR: Several surprises in this morning's Tony nominations:
Posted by Matt at 9:33 AM