Mormons Conquer New York

This morning all the theater people scampered downstairs into Times Square in their pajamas to open up their presents. Yes, it's gay Christmas: Tony Awards season! The supposed best of Broadway was honored this morning with nominations for theater's biggest prize. Who was counted? Let's take a look.

Unsurprisingly, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's (and Robert Lopez's) musical Book of Mormon, a satirical look at mission work and the zany Mormon church, walked away with the most nominations, a whopping fourteen. After that, the long-closed musical Scottsboro Boys — a hilarious romp about a group of black men wrongly accused of rape, yay! — picked up twelve, and the gooey, sunshiny revival of Anything Goes racked up nine.

But you guys don't care about that! You care about celebrities. Right? Broadway sure hopes you care about celebrities. This year we've got: Al Pacino, Frances McDormand, Vanessa Redgrave (paparazzi bait, that one!), Billy Crudup, Ellen Barkin, and Edie Falco. But not Daniel Radcliffe! No, poor little Harry did not make the Quidditch team this year. And then there's a whole host of theater royalty, from Norbert Leo Butz to Donna Murphy, thrown in for old time's sake. Here's a partial list. The full one's here.

Best Play
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire 

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis
War Horse by Nick Stafford 


Best Musical
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

Best Book of a Musical
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Alex Timbers
The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys, David Thompson
Sister Act, Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane

Best Original Score
The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys, John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sister Act, Music: Alan Menken 
Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Best Revival of a Play
Arcadia
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherfucker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It's You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Zoo
Yul Vázquez, The Motherfucker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherfucker with the Hat

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O'Malley, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown