The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards, announced today, find some familiar names in the elite group, with two productions based on the music of George and Ira Gershwin among the most nominated productions.
“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” — a revue built around Gershwins music — each received 10 nominations to rank near the top. But the most nominated musical was “Once,” with 11 nods. "Once" is the Broadway version of the Oscar-winning film about two Irish singers who fall in love.
Other heavily nominated productions include “Peter and the Starcatcher” with nine nods and “Follies” and “Newsies” with eight each.
Alongside the stars of stage, familiar film and TV stars Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Cynthia Nixon were nominated in the race for Best Actress in a Play. Among the Best Actor in a Play nominees are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frank Langella, James Earl Jones and John Lithgow.
Overlooked in the nominations were some other big stars, however, including Matthew Broderick, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.