A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder leads with 10. Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announced the contenders for the 68th annual awards.
1. Nominations by the Numbers
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: 10
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: 8
After Midnight: 7Beautiful: 7The Glass Menagerie: 7Twelfth Night: 7
Bullets over Broadway: 6The Cripple of Inishmaan: 6
Act One: 5Aladdin: 5A Raisin in the Sun: 5
The Bridges of Madison County: 4Casa Valentina: 4Machinal: 4Rocky: 4Violet: 4
Les Miserables: 3
All the Way: 2Cabaret: 2If/Then: 2Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill: 2Mothers and Sons: 2Of Mice and Men: 2
A Night with Janis Joplin: 1Outside Mullingar: 1Richard III: 1The Velocity of Autumn: 1
2. Best Musical
After MidnightAladdinBeautifulA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Knee-Jerk Reaction: This category was the biggest crapshoot leading up to nominations, though many put Gentleman’s Guide in a favorable spot.
3. Best Play
Act OneAll the WayCasa ValentinaMothers and SonsOutside Mullinger
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Will Bryan Cranston as LBJ sway votes for the uneven All the Way?
4. Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry InchLes MiserablesViolet
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Hedwig. Hedwig. Hedwig.
5. Best Revival of a Play
The Cripple of InishmaanThe Glass MenagerieA Raisin in the SunTwelfth Night
Knee-Jerk Reaction: As the Times pointed out, Glass Menagerie has overcome a losing streak with its seven nominations. It’s going to be a tight race between that and the also-shuttered Twelfth Night.
6. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel Barnett — Twelfth NightBryan Cranston — All the WayChris O’Dowd — Of Mice and MenMark Rylance — Richard IIITony Shalhoub — Act One
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Bryan Cranston all the way.
7. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly — Mothers and SonsLatanya Richardson Jackson — A Raisin in the Sun Cherry Jones — The Glass MenagerieAudra McDonald — Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GrillEstelle Parsons — The Velocity of Autumn
Knee-Jerk Reaction: It’ll be a tight battle between Audra McDonald, who is going for her sixth win, and Cherry Jones.
8. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris — Hedwig and the Angry InchRamin Karimloo — Les MiserablesAndy Karl — RockyJefferson Mays — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBryce Pinkham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Knee-Jerk Reaction: It’s nice they gave five nominations when it’s really a battle between NPH and West End darling Karimloo, but it’s NPH.
9. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies — A Night with Janis JoplinSutton Foster — VioletIdina Menzel — If/ThenJessie Mueller — BeautifulKelli O’Hara — The Bridges of Madison County
Knee-Jerk Reaction: This is one of the tightest categories. Mueller was made to play Carole King and it would be a spectacular win for her as a relative Broadway newcomer, but Kelli O’Hara has yet to win a Tony despite several stellar performances (including her current one).
10. Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney – Casa ValentinaPaul Chahidi – Twelfth NightStephen Fry – Twelfth NightMark Rylance – Twelfth NightBrian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Could Mark Rylance take it again or will three nominations for Twelfth split the votes?
11. Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sarah Greene — The Cripple of InishmaanCelia Keenan-Bolger — The Glass MenagerieSophie Okenedo — A Raisin in the SunAnika Noni Rose — A Raisin in the SunMare Winningham — Casa Valentina
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Celia Keenan-Bolger’s heartbreaking performance was the heart of Glass Menagerie.
12. Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein — CabaretNick Cordero — Bullets over BroadwayJoshua Henry — VioletJames Monroe Iglehart — AladdinJarrod Spector — Beautiful
Knee-Jerk Reaction: James Monroe Iglehart has the best production number of the season in “Friend Like Me.”
13. Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Linda Emond — CabaretLena Hall — Hedwig and the Angry InchAnika Larsen — BeautifulAdriane Lenox — After MidnightLauren Worsham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Lena Hall for a Hedwig sweep.
14. Best Direction of a Play
Tim Carroll — Twelfth NightMichael Grandage — The Cripple of InishmaanKenny Leon — A Raisin in the SunJohn Tiffany — The Glass Menagerie
Knee-Jerk Reaction: No new plays were recognized, so it’s anyone’s game in the revival battle.
15. Best Direction of a Musical
Warren Carlyle — After MidnightMichael Mayer — Hedwig and the Angry InchLeigh Silverman — VioletDarko Tresnjak — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Knee-Jerk Reaction: The smooth musical, the brash rocker, the country heart, or the quirky surprise hit?
See a complete list of nominees on tonyawards.com
17. Hugh Jackman hosts the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
CORRECTION: Audra is actually up for her sixth win, because she is just that talented.