The 2013 TONY Award nominations have been announced, tapping productions from the city’s 40 eligible Broadway theaters to compete for awards in 26 categories. One Broadway musical is hoping 13 is its lucky number. “Kinky Boots,” with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, has run off with 13 nominations—the most of any Broadway show. The youthful “Matilda” is nipping at the drag-queen-themed production’s heels with 12 nominations of its own.
The announcement on April 30 gives audiences more than a month to check out the contenders before the 67th annual TONY Awards are broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013.
What happens when an actor finds out he’s been nominated? Rob McClure, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for “Chaplin,” tells us in an NYC-ARTS exclusive interview. Some nods have pit star against star in the same show. Actors Danny Burstein and Tony Shalhoub have shots at Best Actor in a Featured Role for their performances in “Golden Boy,” Clifford Odet’s play about a violinist-turned-boxer. “Golden Boy” racked up a total of eight nominations despite having hung up its gloves, so to speak, in January when it had its last performance.
A Clifford Odet play still in production on Broadway that also received a Best Actor nomination is Roundabout Theatre’s “The Big Knife.” Richard Kind picked up the Best Actor in a Featured Role nomination for his role in this classic tale about keeping your integrity in the face of success.
Other famous actors you can still see in their nominated roles (and who are quite familiar faces for their careers on TV and film) are Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy,” Nathan Lane in “The Nance,” and David Hyde Pierce in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and Cicely Tyson in “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Some shows included in this season’s nominations closed in late 2012 or earlier in 2013, but all are listed below.