Ten noteworthy plot turns in the 2013 Tony nominations
1. “Kinky Boots” (with 13 nominations) edging “Matilda” (with 12 nominations) for most nominated show. A reminder that Harvey Fierstein, the “Kinky” book writer, is the Harvey Weinstein of the Tonys.
2. “Bring It On: The Musical” getting a nomination for best musical over “Hands on a Hardbody.” The lesson: Gymnastic cheerleading more crowd-pleasing than a paralytic auto-dealership marathon.
3. Bette Midler getting frozen out of the best actress category. Makes sense artistically, but how did the Tony nominating committee resist the publicity lure? (A fiery meeting no doubt taking place at CBS, which broadcasts the June 9 Tony ceremony, on Tuesday morning.)
4. Colm Tóibín’s “The Testament of Mary” getting a nomination for best play but Fiona Shaw getting squeezed out of the very competitive best actress category. A strange turn of events but more of a numbers game than an artistic statement.
5. Stars getting snubbed, Part I. Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain and Sigourney Weaver were all passed over while their co-stars received some love. Proof that the Tony nominating committee understands the meaning of “all that glitters is not gold.”
6. Stars getting snubbed, Part II. Al Pacino ignored for his egregiously silly performance in “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Reports of the demise of common sense on the Great White Way are somewhat exaggerated.
7. Stars getting snubbed, Part III. No nominations for Cuba Gooding Jr. or Vanessa Williams while Condola Rashad receives a nomination alongside the great Cicely Tyson in the revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.” Tyson, if there’s any cosmic justice, should walk away with the best actress award.
9. Despite the star worshiping by producers on Broadway, there’s still safety in numbers, as Alan Cumming and Midler learned the hard way. (Holland Taylor’s solo performance in “Ann” is the exception that proves the rule.)
10. Pam Mackinnon’s revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” the bright spot of the season, being remembered in so many categories, including nods for the leads, Tracy Letts and Amy Morton. Hey, maybe intelligence and good taste still count for something?
April 30, 2013 10:09 AM
Tony nominations 2013: Hollywood names fall short
(CBS News) Big names dominated the Great White Way this year -- Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler, Katie Holmes and Scarlett Johansson -- all starred in much-touted shows. But Hollywood names were noticeably absent from 2013 Tony nominations announced Wednesday morning.
Tom Hanks snagged a Leading Role nomination for his portrayal of newspaper columnist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy." "Lucky Guy" was also nominated for Best Play.
"Orphans," which stars Baldwin and Tom Sturridge, picked up a nomination for Best Revival Play, and Tom Sturridge was nominated for his leading role in "Orphans."
CBS News' Mo Rocca, who starred in the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in 2007, weighed in on this year's picks. Rocca noted that Midler, Baldwin, Johansson and Pacino were "all overlooked" in a batch of nominations that proves Hollywood heavyweights do not necessarily translate to Tony gold. Midler stars in "I'll Eat You Last," Baldwin in "Orphans" and Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross revival.
"Still people who aren't wildly famous, in theater, get acknowledged...just because you're wildly famous doesn't guarantee you a nomination," Rocca said on "CBS This Morning."
Still, some silver screen stars fared well -- Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, and David Hyde Pierce were all nominated in the Best Actor in a Play category. Lane stars in "The Nance" and David Hyde Pierce in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."Tony Awards 2013: List of nominees
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The anticipated standoff in the musical categories came down to "Matilda" versus "Kinky Boots," which brought in 12 and 13 nominations respectively. Rocca explained that the two would have tied for nominations if the actresses who play Matilda were eligible to be nominated. The Tony administration committee ruled last week that the four young actresses who rotate in the title role are not eligible for a joint award, overturning a rule that allowed the teenage boys who shared the lead role in "Billy Elliot" to take home a joint Best Actor Tony in 2009.
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominations Wednesday morning at New York City's Lincoln Center. Ferguson stars in ABC's "Modern Family" but got his start on Broadway, appearing in "On The Town" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." He will will revisit his theatrical roots this summer, starring as Dromio in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park's "The Comedy of Errors." Sutton Foster has received Tony Awards for her performances in "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and currently stars in ABC's "Bunheads."
The 67th annual Tony Awards -- presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing -- will be broadcast on CBS, live from Radio City Music Hall, on June 9.
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