Tony Nominations 2015

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‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ Get a Leading 12 Tony Noms.

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 the 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. 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). The production, helmed by American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus and produced by Harvey Weinstein, made its debut in Cambridge before moving to Broadway.

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. The best new play category will include the candidates “Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two,” ”Hand to God,” ”Disgraced” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” was snubbed entirely. Among the surprises were categories that could take up to six nominees fell short of votes and, in the best revival of a musical category, included only three: “The King and I,” “On the Town” and “On the 20th Century.” That means that “Side Show,” for example, one of the best-reviewed shows of the Broadway season, was shut out. 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. 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.

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 Kristen Chenoweth and presented on June 7 during the customary Sunday night CBS broadcast.

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