Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Edie Falco, and Judith Light all nominated for top prizes at next month’s 65th Annual Tony Awards.
Tony winners of year’s past Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose took to the stage to announce the 2011 Tony Award nominations, live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center, on Tuesday morning.
In the key categories, we have Al Pacino nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Merchant of Venice and Vanessa Redgrave for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Driving Miss Daisy. The House Of Blue Leaves star Edie Falco and Lombardi actress Judith Light will face off for the title of Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for their respective parts.
But it was a musical written by the creators of the profane Comedy Central series South Park that topped the 2011 nominations. The Book of Mormon, an adult-themed musical romp by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, nabbed 14 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and two Best Leading Actor bids. The Scottsboro Boys, a musical involving blackface and a real-life racially-charged rape trial in 1932 Alabama, earned 12 nominations. The latest revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes took in 9 nominations. The Whoopi Goldberg-produced Sister Act — inspired the 1992 box office comedy of the same name — earned five nods, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Actress From a Musical for star Patina Miller.
There was also a host of rather well-known celebs snubbed during Tuesday’s announcement. Boy-wizard Daniel Radcliffe, received not a single honorable mention for his starring role in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, we got zip for comedian Chris Rock, who appears in the Best Play-nominated The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Ben Stiller got the shaft from the theater community despite appearing in a revival of the John Guare play The House of Blue Leaves.
The 2011 Tony Awards will air on CBS Sunday, June 12 at 8 PM ET/PT. The awards will be handed out June 12 at a new location: the Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side after producers lost their contract to host at Radio City Music Hall.