The nominations for the 65th annual Tony Awards (otherwise known as Gay Christmas) were announced this morning and The Book of Mormon leads the list with 14 nominations. That’s one less than the record, which is 15, currently held by Billy Elliot the Musical and The Producers.
The Book of Mormon, from South Park creators Matt Stone and Terry Parker, is the recent hit that satires every doctrine in the Church of Latter Day Saints. Also topping the list with 12 noms is the hit musical The Scottsborro Boys, a play that turns the minstrel show on its head and gives a very revolutionary look into race relations during the ’60s.
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (about the early days of hte AIDS epidemic), Sister Act (a musical adaptation of the popular Whoopi Goldberg films), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (based on the cult film) and a popular revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest were also big winners.
Big losers this year were the host of big time Hollywood stars who took to the stage in the past year. Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Chris Rock (The Motherf**ker With the Hat), Kiefer Sutherland (That Championship Season) and Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony) were all left off the list.
Here’s more on the nominees from The Advocate:
The gay-inclusive The Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made the strongest impression on voters, earning 14 nominations, including best musical, best original score, and one for out actor Rory O’Malley as a closeted missionary for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical.
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, which chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York, copped five nominations for its Broadway debut, following an acclaimed run off-Broadway in the mid 1980s. The play is nominated for best revival and also has acting nominations for Ellen Barkin and out actors John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical adaptation of the cult film, scored two nominations, one for best costume design and another for out actor Tony Sheldon as the transgender Bernadette.
A revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest will vie for three awards, including one for out actor Brian Bedford, who plays dowager Lady Bracknell.
The Scottsboro Boys earned 12 nominations, including best musical and best original score music by John Kander and lyrics by the late Fred Ebb, and best performance by an actor in a featured role for Colman Domingo.
Sister Act, the stage musical adaptation of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy, received five nominations, including best book of a musical for out playwright Douglas Carter Beane (nominated with Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner).
You can see the full list of this year’s nominees here.
The 65th annual Tony Awards airs 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12 on CBS and will be hosted (again, thankfully) by Neil Patrick Harris.