“An American in Paris” and “Fun Home,” two musicals, emerged as the favorites for the 69th Tony awards with 12 nominations each.
The productions, one a remake of the 1951 classic, and the other a new musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, are among four shows that will vie for best musical. Tony winning actress Mary-Louise Parker and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis announced the nominees Wednesday at the Paramount Hotel in New York.
While film stars Bradley Cooper and Helen Mirren were among the nominees, one of the movie industry’s biggest producers was snubbed. Harvey Weinstein, renowned for his aggressive Oscar campaigns, failed to gain a nomination for his Broadway production “Finding Neverland.”
Cooper was nominated for his performance in “The Elephant Man” and Mirren for her role in “The Audience.” In that production, Mirren reprises her Oscar winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in a look behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of the Queen of England.
Rounding out the top musical nominations are “Something Rotten!” and “The Visit.”
Four shows were nominated for best play: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “Disgraced,” “Hand to God” and “Wolf Hall.”
The Tony Awards will air on CBS will take place June 7 from Radio City Music Hall in New York, presented by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. Willis will make his Broadway debut next season in the new play “Misery.”