Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming to Host 2015 Tony Awards, Plus the …

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‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ get a leading 12 Tony noms.

An epic tale of Tudor-era England and a modern story of an English boy with social challenges dominated the Tony nominations for plays Tuesday, as “Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” drew eight and six nominations respectively.NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals ‘‘An American in Paris’’ and ‘‘Fun Home’’ each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season.“Fun Home,” the moving new musical with a book and lyrics by Lisa Korn, music by Jeanine Tesori and the subject of the early family life of lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, was nominated for a 2014-15 best musical Tony Award Tuesday, where it will compete against “The Visit,” a macabre musical with a book by Terrence McNally and a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb that began its winding road to Broadway at the Goodman Theatre.

One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad. Other new-musical nominees announced Tuesday were the comedic romp “Something Rotten!,” and the balletic “An American in Paris,” produced by the Chicago-based Stuart Oken and directed and choreographed by the Tony-nominated Christopher Wheeldon. Its nominations include best musical, actor and actress (newcomers Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope) and two for best featured actor (Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen). Perhaps the most competitive category will be leading actress in a musical, with veterans Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”), Kristin Chenoweth (“On The Twentieth Century”) and Chita Rivera (”The Visit”) all landing nominations, along with Leanne Cope (“An American in Paris”) and Beth Malone (“Fun Home”). Best revival of a play nominations went to “The Elephant Man,” “Skylight,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” and “This is Our Youth,” which began at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Best leading actress nominations in a play went to Geneva Carr (Hand to God), Helen Mirren (The Audience), Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), Carey Mulligan (Skylight), and Ruth Wilson (Constellations). Actors celebrating Tuesday morning included the indomitable Chita Rivera, star of “The Visit.” Sting, the composer of “The Last Ship” (which tried out in Chicago) also was celebrating a nomination, although they were sparse for his show.

Leading actor nominations in that category went to Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Brian d’Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Ken Watanabe (The King and I), and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town). It was announced on Monday that composer Stephen Schwartz would be awarded this year’s Isabelle Stevenson service award and a Special Tony Award will go to John Cameron Mitchell, creator of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Mr. The Tony Awards were announced at the Paramount Hotel in New York by Mary-Louise Parker, a past winner, and Bruce Willis, who will appear this fall on Broadway in “Misery.” It was previously announced that this year’s Tony Award for excellence in regional theater was being bestowed on the Cleveland Playhouse. The main Tony Awards ceremony will be hosted this year by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth and presented on June 7 during the customary Sunday night CBS broadcast.

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