Tony Time: Who Will Score the 2011 Tony Nominations?

In a late night special edition blog post, Luner on Theatre brings to you a blog post filled with wonder the night before the 2011 Tony Award Nominations are announced. In a season bringing Broadway to its highest quality in years, Luner on Theatre asks the question of: Who Will Score the 2011 Tony Nominations?

From the ridiculously hilarious Book of Mormon to the jazz popping Catch Me If You Can, Broadway this season has reached a level unseen in recent years. In a new decade filled with movies becoming musicals and not the best original pieces consistently debuting, the idea of fantastic original shows on Broadway or great movie musicals that actually work is rare and a theatre lovers heaven. This season on Broadway is the hottest season in years.

During the week leading up to and including Easter, 11 Broadway shows grossed over $1 million dollars for the week. An outstanding number of productions. Another added bonus would be the fact that NO TWO PRODUCTIONS are alike! What?! Insane! It seems as though New York City has received a shot of good theatre. Something that has clearly been lacking in recent years. I am not saying any theatre in recent years has been good. Fantastic productions such as Wicked, Mary Poppins, Memphis, American Idiot and various others have come out in recent years to huge success. Having seen most of those productions as well, they are nothing short of fantastic. Theatre is in no way dead and original musical theatre is back and slowly returning to a new high that I’m sure will only produce more classic original musicals. And I have to say I can’t wait for that day.

As for now, that is the last of my rant on theatre! Here is everyone who is eligible for a 2011 Tony Nominations in their categories:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play*

Brian Bedford – The Importance of Being Earnest
Jim Belushi – Born Yesterday
Bobby Cannavale – The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Brian Cox – That Championship Season
Santino Fontana – The Importance of Being Earnest
Brendan Fraser – Elling
David Furr – The Importance of Being Earnest
James Earl Jones – Driving Miss Daisy
Dan Lauria – Lombardi
John Leguizamo – Ghetto Klown
Joe Mantello – The Normal Heart
Seth Numrich – War Horse
Denis O’Hare – Elling
Al Pacino – The Merchant of Venice
David Hyde Pierce – La Bête
Colin Quinn – Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Paul Reubens – The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Mark Rylance – Jerusalem
Mark Rylance – La Bête
Patrick Stewart – A Life in the Theatre
Ben Stiller – The House of Blue Leaves
Tristan Sturrock – Brief Encounter
Robin Williams – Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Jeffrey Wright – A Free Man of Color

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play*

Nina Arianda – Born Yesterday
Cherry Jones – Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Frances McDormand – Good People
Lily Rabe – The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave – Driving Miss Daisy
Kathleen Turner – High
Hannah Yelland – Brief Encounter

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical*

Sebastian Arcelus – Elf
Norbert Leo Butz – Catch Me If You Can
Colin Donnell – Anything Goes
Josh Gad – The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry – The Scottsboro Boys
Daniel Radcliffe – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Andrew Rannells – The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon – Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Will Swenson – Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Aaron Tveit – Catch Me If You Can
Benjamin Walker – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical*

Janet Dacal – Wonderland
Sutton Foster – Anything Goes
Beth Leavel – Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller – Sister Act
Donna Murphy – The People in the Picture
Sherie Rene Scott – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

*All other eligible performers will be considered in the Featured Role category.

Those eligible for nomination in the production categories follow:

Best Play

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Brief Encounter
Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Elling
A Free Man of Color
Ghetto Klown
Good People
High
Jerusalem
Lombardi
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
The Pitmen Painters
War Horse

Best Musical

Baby It’s You!
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
Elf
The People in the Picture
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Rain
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Wonderland

Best Revival of a Play

Arcadia
Born Yesterday
Driving Miss Daisy
The House of Blue Leaves
The Importance of Being Earnest
La Bête
A Life in the Theatre
The Merchant of Venice
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
The Normal Heart
That Championship Season

Best Revival of a Musical

Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Nominations will be announced TOMORROW MORNING! How Exciting! Luner on Theatre will be posting a Blog Post as soon as possible after all the nominations have been announced! We are very excited for the nominations and looked forward to the actual ceremony as well. The American Theatre Wing’s 65th Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS June 12 at 8 PM ET live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. See you Tomorrow Everyone!

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