With the nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards finally upon us, the race has been blown wide open in one of the most nail-biting stage seasons in recent memory. Although Tuesday’s nominations announcement narrows down the pack to a manageable four or five candidates for Broadway’s highest honors, there’s an overwhelming feeling of absence when it comes to some of the bigger names who didn’t make the cut this year.
Snub: England’s the New Hollywood
All The Way’s Bryan Cranston and Of Mice and Men’s Chris O’Dowd are the marquee names in the race for Best Actor in a Play, but somebody’s got to be left out, and this year the Tony nominators eschewed the rest of the A-list—Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie, Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun, and Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, to name a few—for British actors like Samuel Barnett and Mark Rylance. In fact, the love bestowed on classical productions like Twelfth Night (tied for most-nominated play with Glass Menagerie) demonstrates the powerful momentum of gorgeous Shakespearean revivals in a season dominated by mega Hollywood names.
Surprise: Sally’s Out, Janis is In
Last week’s final meeting of the Tony administration committee decided that the revival of Cabaret—a carbon copy of the Tony-winning 1998 production—was eligible. But did it even matter? The show was passed over for Best Musical Revival and on most other fronts, except for Linda Emond and Danny Burstein’s much-deserved featured acting noms. Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams got no love for her Sally Bowles. In the Best Actress in a Musical category already stacked with intimidating names like Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel, recognition instead went to newcomer Mary Bridget Davies of the long-since-shuttered A Night With Janis Joplin. READ FULL STORY