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The Cole Porter comedy “Anything Goes” was nominated for nine awards, including best revival, best leading actress for Sutton Foster, a best featured role nomination for Adam Godley, best scenic and costume design.
“I’m very happy. I’m thrilled for our show,” said Kathleen Marshall, who picked up her career sixth and seventh nominations for directing “Anything Goes” as well as being its choreographer. “‘Anything Goes’ is one of those shows that is there to delight and entertain and transport the audience.”
Foster will now face-off against Patina Miller for “Sister Act,” Donna Murphy from “The People in the Picture and Beth Leavel for “Baby It’s You!” Foster, who already has a Tony, found out she’d earned her fifth nominations by getting several text messages while still in bed. She has little time to enjoy the moment, though: Foster was preparing for Tuesday night’s performance. “It never stops,” she said, laughing.
Miller, who stepped into Whoopi Goldberg’s role from the 1992 movie, said “Sister Act” is close to her heart. “It was meant for me,” she said. “I hoped and prayed I would get the opportunity. So when the opportunity came, I just went with it.”
Murphy got the good news only a few days after her show opened. “I am thrilled,” she said. “To wake up to a lot of emails and call from friends and colleagues and … being acknowledged for something I’m proud of is pretty good stuff.”
The category for best actor in a play has Pacino, Brian Bedford in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Bobby Cannavale in “The Motherf–- With the Hat,” Joe Mantello in “The Normal Heart” and Mark Rylance in “Jerusalem.”
Bedford, who plays the fearsome Lady Bracknell in the Oscar Wilde comedy, had one small regret _ that he also didn’t pick up a nomination for best director. “But that seems a bit greedy,” he said with a laugh.
Instead, director nods went to Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris for “War Horse,” Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe for “The Normal Heart,” Anna D. Shapiro for “The Motherf–- With the Hat” and Daniel Sullivan for “The Merchant of Venice.”
The best director nominations in a musical went to Rob Ashford for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Marshall for “Anything Goes,” Nicholaw and Parker for “Mormon,” and Susan Stroman for “The Scottsboro Boys.”
With 14 nominations, “The Book of Mormon” takes its place among Broadway musicals with the most Tony nominations, just below “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot,” which each won 15 nominations.
“I never expect to be honored for anything, and it’s extremely humbling to get so many nominations for this show,” said Lopez. “The way it’s been received has boggled my mind.”
“The Book of Mormon” won nominations for best direction, and Casey Nicholaw won a best choreography nomination and shared honors with Parker for best direction of a musical. “Mormon” also earned its two missionaries _ Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells _ acting nominations, as well as Nikki M. James for featured actress, best book of a musical and best original score.
“I had no idea that it would be this big. The show continues to surprise even me with how well received it is,” said Gad. The competition for best leading actor in a musical will pit Gad and Rannells against Norbert Leo Butz from “Catch Me If You Can,” Joshua Henry from “The Scottsboro Boys” and Tony Sheldon, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical “
Sheldon’s nomination was one of two that “Priscilla” picked up _ the other being for the lavish fantasy costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. “Just to be playing it on Broadway is reward enough without this sort of icing on the cake,” said Sheldon.
The awards will be handed out June 12 at the Beacon Theatre, broadcast live by CBS.
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