It's Tony time! Who got love and who got snubbed?

Tonys_lWell, it wouldn’t be Tony Tuesday without a few surprises, now would it? The nominations for the 61st annual Tony Awards were announced at about 8:40 a.m. this morning — Broadway vets and former Ally McBeal costars Jane Krakowski and Taye Diggs (pictured) did the honors — and there were more than a few gasps and whispers at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center.

So what’s everyone talking about? Legally Blonde earns seven nominations — including Book, Score, Leading Actress (Laura Bell Bundy), Featured Actor (Christian Borle), and Featured Actress (Orfeh) — but no Best Musical nod. (That means they can’t perform on the June 10 telecast—a big disappointment for Blonde, to be sure. But you can bet the Mary Poppins people are whistling a happy tune this morning; they also got seven noms, and they’re one of the four Best Musical contenders, along with Curtains, Grey Gardens, and Spring Awakening.) Martin Short was shut out for his own show, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, but supporting player Brooks Ashmanskas was recognized. Spring Awakening — widely considered the Best Musical frontrunner — came away with 11 nods, but leading lady Lea Michele was left out. (Unfairly, if you ask me.)

Also passed over: The Apple Tree star and critics’ darling Kristin Chenoweth. In the extremely competitive Leading Actor in a Play category, The Vertical Hour’s Bill Nighy — who gave one of EW’s great performances of 2006 — was inexcusably overlooked; and Michael Sheen — snubbed by the Academy for The Queen — was snubbed by the Tonys for Frost/Nixon. (Another non-nominee, not so unexpectedly, was A Moon for the Misbegotten star Kevin Spacey.) The Brit import Coram Boy got six noms, but no Best Play. And the late August Wilson received his ninth Best Play nomination for Radio Golf.

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The nominators sure spread things around this year: A total of 28 shows combined for 106 nominations. Spring Awakening was the most rewarded musical; Lincoln Center Theater’s mammoth Coast of Utopia trilogy was the most nominated play — they got 10, including two for featured actors Billy Crudup and Ethan Hawke.

So will Radio Golf upset Utopia and take the Best Play title? Can Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) keep his momentum going, or is Talk Radiostar Liev Schreiber nipping at his heels? Can one-time winner VanessaRedgrave — who represents the only nomination for Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking — beat out four-time winner Angela Lansbury (who represents Deuce’sonly nomination)? And will the Tony Awards actually hire a host thisyear? All this and more will be answered on June 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS.Let the campaigning begin!

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  • Winona

    Seeing as I live in Chicagoland and my first live exposure to these productions is most often the Tony telecast itself, I can only offer mostly uneducated opinions on the nominations…but I look forward to an evening of surprises (hopefully hosted by Hugh Jackman once again!) come June 10th! And now I am curious about Legally Blonde: the Musical. Sounds pretty pink to me.

  • bud

    Spent a week in NYC beginning of Aptil and saw 10 musicals one of which was Spring Awakenings…and I just don’t get all the love for it. I was glad I saw it, it was….interesting, but it just seemed so pretentious. It was trying to be Rent and we walked away going Eh? Felt no emotional connection to the characters at all, but then again I haven’t been a teenager for, um, quite some time. All the teens sitting around us were aghast and weeping at things that we saw coming a mile away. Just don’t get it. Rooting for Grey Gardens, real characters worth caring about and a great old fashioned Broadway score.

  • TorontoTom

    Felt the same way after seeing Spring Awakening. Indifferent. The actress that was alleged to be snubbed? Don’t even remember her.
    Saw Rent. Loved Rent. This ain’t no Rent…

  • Martha

    Winona, I second your comments from Boston. Haven’t seen any of these shows, but look forward to watching the broadcast and seeing some surprises. And why oh why wasn’t Kristin Chenoweth nominated? The fact that she’s fabulous, and ridiculously talented, is maybe one of the few things that Rosie and I agree on.

  • El

    I agree with the people that are saying Spring Awakening isn’t all that fantastic. I saw it this past December and I was honestly bored for a good portion of the show. The only deserving nomination out of it was John Gallagher Jr. who stands out very easily among the rest of his mediocre cast. The show IS pretentious but the music does not live up to it. I just felt like it had so much potential but had a long way to go.

  • micahnyc

    I disagree 100% with most of you. I saw and loved Spring Awakenings. I found the cast to be outstanding. Considering that the cast is all under the age of 24 i felt they were superb. I will be rooting for SA come Tony night

  • Nancy

    I cannot freaking believe Kristin Chenowith was not nominated. Robbed!!!! She was robbed!!!!!!

  • NineDaves

    I’m going to disagree with you guys as well. Spring Awakening was amazing. It should win.

  • Richard

    Totally agree about ‘Spring Awakening.’ The music was lovely, but it was so clinical and so obvious. I wasn’t moved at all. John Gallagher, Jr. definitely deserves the nomination though.
    My favorites of the season: Company and Coast of Utopia.

  • AJ

    Wow…those of you saying you didn’t feel a connect with Spring Awakening must not have hearts. I’ve now seen the show multiple times and I sob everytime, not to mention I can’t listen to some of the songs on my iPod because they lead to public tears.
    On another front Lea Michelle & Kristin Chenoweth were both completely robbed.

  • Lyssa

    Sorry, Melissa, but you just committed one of my biggest grammatical pet peeves – “… 8:40 a.m. this morning” This is redundancy at its worst. My boyfriend does this constantly and it bugs the crap out of me every time. I actually have to bite my tongue.
    On the Tony front, hope Liev Schreiber wins fot Talk Radio. I saw it in previews and was completely mesmorized by his performance.

  • Ben

    Sorry, Lyssa. I think she’s correct in 8:40 a.m. this morning… Merely putting a.m. does not establish which morning. So unless the context is clear, “this morning” is grammatically correct.

  • Stephanie T.

    The Pirate Queen was snubbed. I liked it but some of the songs except “Woman to Woman” were a bit forgettable. “Boys will be boys”, a twin to Les Miz’es “Master of the House”. The costumes, the dancing, and the scenery were outstanding. I would have given it a nod for techinical merit.

  • NineDaves

    maybe kristin chenoweth should host?

  • KC

    Despite an amazing track record, I was terrifed that Raul Esparza would be overlooked because of what some see as the poor turnout for “Company”. I saw it. He rocked my world. Now I just hope the people whose votes matter agree! And another interesting article on the Tony noms: c_id=kc. I though theater was supposed to be escapist!!

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