This Week on Stage: Tony nominations aftermath and fun facts!

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The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday, and left many elated and just as many puzzled. No Denzel? Or Daniel Radcliffe? And nothing for everyone’s favorite traveling NYC duo? But there were some wonderful surprises (four acting nods for Twelfth Night!) and the lack of frontrunners (minus Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, and perhaps this divine gal) will make the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on CBS June 8 full of nail-biters. But here are some fun trivia bits about this year you can chew over until then (many of them compiled by our own Jake Perlman):

-If Audra McDonald wins Leading Actress in a Play, she will not only be the leading overall winner in competitive Tony Awards (six), but will have also won every single Tonys acting category possible for an actress

-Mark Rylance is the first male actor to be nominated in both the leading and featured category for a play in the same year (several women have accomplished this, however)

-Estelle Parsons, 86, of the soon-to-be-late play The Velocity of Autumn is actually not the oldest nominee to date; last year, Cicely Tyson scored Best Actress in a play win at age 88 (!) for The Trip to Bountiful

-After Midnight, the jazz-infused sleeper musical of the season, is the most-nominated revue ever with seven nods (Ain’t Misbehavin’, if you’re wonderin’, topped out at six)

-The is the first time The Glass Menagerie has ever received Tony love, believe it or not; the Tennessee Williams drama has never been nominated before in its 70-year history

-The following actors are enjoying a round two as return nominees from last year: Danny Burstein and Tony Shalhoub (both nominated costar alums from last season’s Golden Boy)

-This marks the third time Daniel Radcliffe has been snubbed for as many Broadway lead appearances (you’re still young, DanRad-hang in there!)

And not to worry, we have a few reviews, too, this week, including the NYC stage debut of a much-heralded veteran TV actor, and speaking of Radcliffe, the unveiling of one his co-stars’ solo efforts that has won acclaim on two continents (click on the links below for full reviews):

peddling Harry Potter alum Harry Melling-once a stout nemesis of the titular character-has blossomed into a rather attractive young bloke, and a prolific one at that, as I checked out his new show at 59E59 Off Broadway, a solo effort he also wrote about a wayward London street peddler, trying to make sense of a rather eventful group of days. “In its free-form style, Melling’s play grows repetitious over the course of an hour…but as keenly directed by Steven Atkinson, the actor is completely magnetic as he performs mere inches from audience members in the circular-surround seating. Only a Muggle could resist his live-wire act.” EW grade: B

Red-Eye to Havre de Grace  New York Theatre Workshop closes out their current season with one of the best shows of the last year. An “enthralling song-and-modern dance-laden depiction of the final, agonizing days of horror scribe Edgar Allan Poe”, states my grade-A review, “one of the rare experiences in which you feel separated from your body, as the fluid, dreamlike tableaux of Red-Eye take residence in your mind and firmly stay put.” EW grade: A

The Substance of Fire  Fringe‘s John Noble stars in a rare revival of Jon Robin Baitz’s fiery family drama (also made into a 1996 movie with original cast members Ron Rifkin and Sarah Jessica Parker). Did EW’s Marc Snetiker feel the flames burned brightly enough? Not quite, though he had high praise for its leading man: “The entire production belongs to Noble, who imbues his fading Holocaust survivor with the whole red-hot spectrum…if the play ultimately fails to light up, at least Noble’s nuanced performance emerges as the substance that truly ignites.” EW grade: B-


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