June 10, 2012
Beacon Theatre NYC
This June 10, the 66th Annual Tony Awards comes to New York’s Beacon Theatre, with a glittering roster of veteran and new talent vying for the coveted awards. Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, star of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, returns to host The Tony Awards for the third time in four years. Among the plays, Peter and the Starcatcher, based on the novel, nabbed the lion’s share of nominations with nine in all. Mike Nichols’ tense revival of Death of a Salesman and the British import One Man, Two Guvnors (based on the 18th-century work The Servant of Two Masters) garnered seven each.
In one of the more intriguing categories—best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play—several stage and film heavyweights will contend with a relative greenhorn for the trophy. Death of a Salesman star Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man), Frank Langella (Man and Boy), and John Lithgow (The Columnist), have received nominations. But so has James Corden, the little known but fast-rising funnyman who shines in One Man, Two Guvnors. It will be interesting to see if the newcomer manages to prevail against four thespian warhorses.
The same trend holds true in the leading-actress category, where we find two breakout stars, Venus in Fur‘s Nina Arianda and End of the Rainbow‘s Tracie Bennett, competing against seasoned performers Cynthia Nixon, Stockard Channing and Linda Lavin.
Steve Kazee is up for leading actor in the musical Once, which seems to have beguiled the theatre establishment. This unabashedly low-tech adaptation of an indie-pop film about struggling musicians has surprisingly topped the list of Tony Award nominations with 11. Two musical productions, featuring familiar scores, also tied for second most nominations, 10 each: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, an adaption of the classic folk opera; and Nice Work If You Can Get, a nostalgic confection of Gershwin tunes.
Other name contenders include Peter‘s Christian Borle and Death of a Salesman‘s Andrew Garfield, both nominated for featured actor in a play.
66th annual Tony Awards, live at New York’s Beacon Theatre June 10 at 8 p.m.
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