The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in this year's shortlist.
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy, which is also up for the Best Play Tony Award. Written by Nora Ephron, who directed Hanks and Meg Ryan in two of their biggest box office hits, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, Lucky Guy traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Ephron, among whose other film credits include the Meryl Streep / Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia and, as a screenwriter, the Billy Crystal / Meg Ryan hit When Harry Met Sally..., died of cancer last year.
Tom Hanks' fellow Best Actor in a Play contenders are Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) for The Nance, David Hyde Pierce (Nixon) for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Effie, Waiting for Forever) for Orphans, and Tracy Letts for the latest Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (in the role that earned Richard Burton a Best Actor Academy Award nomination in 1966).
Tony Awards 2013: Cicely Tyson vying for Best Actress in a Play
Cicely Tyson, a 1972 Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Martin Ritt's drama Sounder, was shortlisted for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. Tyson stars as an old woman who yearns to return to her old hometown, a role that earned Geraldine Page an Academy Award in early 1986. Tyson's co-stars are Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr (Tom Cruise's pal in Jerry Maguire) and Vanessa L. Williams (most recently seen on screen in Tyler Perry's Temptation).
Cicely Tyson's Best Actress in a Play competitors are Kristine Nielsen for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; Laurie Metcalf (Toy Story movies) as a neurologist on the brink in The Other Place; Holland Taylor as former Texas governor Ann Richards in Ann; and Amy Morton for Who's Afraid in Virginia Woolf?, in the role that earned Elizabeth Taylor a Best Actress Oscar in early 1967.
Other Tony Awards 2013 nominations
Besides Lucky Guy, the other three contenders for Best Play are Colm Tóibín's controversial The Testament of Mary, which curiously didn't earn a nod for star Fiona Shaw; Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; and Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties.
Up for Best Revival of a Play are Clifford Odets' Golden Boy, made into a movie in 1939, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden; The Trip to Bountiful; Lyle Kessler's Orphans; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. A 1987 movie adaptation of Orphans starred Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, and Kevin Anderson.
The Best Musical Tony Award nominees are Bring It On: The Musical, based on the 2000 movie starring Kirsten Dunst; Kinky Boots, based on the 2005 movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joel Edgerton, and with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper; A Christmas Story, The Musical; and Matilda The Musical.
Up for Best Revival of a Musical are Annie, which became a 1982 movie directed by John Huston, and featuring Albert Finney and Carol Burnett; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was turned into a now largely forgotten 1935 movie starring Claude Rains and David Manners; Pippin, from the immensely popular '70s musical directed by Bob Fosse (Cabaret); and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.
In the running for Best Actor in a Musical are Bertie Carvel for Matilda The Musical; Santino Fontana for Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella; Rob McClure for his incarnation of silent film legend Charles Chaplin in Chaplin (Iron Man 3's Robert Downey Jr was nominated for an Oscar for playing Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's movie of the same name); and Billy Porter and Stark Sands for Kinky Boots.
The Best Actress in a Musical contenders are Stephanie J. Block for The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Carolee Carmello as an Aimee Semple McPherson-like evangelist in Scandalous, with book and lyrics by television host Kathie Lee Gifford (Jean Simmons played a Semple McPherson-like evangelist in Richard Brooks' 1960 drama Elmer Gantry); Valisia LeKae in Motown the Musical; Patina Miller in Pippin; and Laura Osnes in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Contenders in the various supporting categories include Carrie Coon for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in the role that earned Sandy Dennis an Academy Award; veteran Keith Carradine (Nashville) in the musical Hands on a Hardbody; Will Chase in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Judith Ivey in The Heiress, in the old Miriam Hopkins (1949) and Maggie Smith (1997) roles. (See also Tony Awards 2013 potential 'Hollywood' contenders and Tony Awards 2013 Hollywood-Broadway connection.)
Among the movie celebrities who could have been nominated but weren't, are The Avengers' Scarlett Johansson and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's Benjamin Walker for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (made into a 1958 movie directed by Richard Brooks, and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman); and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) for The Heiress (in the role that earned Olivia de Havilland an Oscar).
Here are a few more: Alien and Avatar's Sigourney Weaver for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; Bette Midler for John Logan's I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, about the powerful Hollywood agent whose clients ranged from Barbra Streisand to Tatum O'Neal; and Paul Rudd (Prince Avalanche) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) for Grace.
The Tony Awards 2013 ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9. In the United States, it'll be broadcast live on CBS.
The Assembled Parties
The Testament of Mary
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Bertie Carvel, Matilda
Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
Valisia LeKae, Motown the Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
Richard Kind, The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Carrie Coon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey, The Heiress,
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Charl Brown, Motown the Musical
Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda the Musical
Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward, Matilda the Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story, The Musical
Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots
Dennis Kelly, Matilda the Musical
Douglas Carter Beane, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
A Christmas Story, The Musical (Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)
Hands on a Hardbody (Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics: Amanda Green)
Kinky Boots (Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper)
Matilda the Musical (Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin)
Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nicolas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bartett Sher, Golden Boy
George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical
Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Diane Paulus, Pippin
Matthew Warchus, Matilda the Musical
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical
Peter Darling, Matilda the Musical
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Chet Walker, Pippin
Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical
Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, Motown the Musical
Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Bailey, The Nance
Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Scott Pask, Pippin
David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best Costume Design of a Play
Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac
Ann Roth, The Nance
Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots
Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Donald Holder, Golden Boy
Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary
Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
Kenneth Posner, Pippin
Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play
John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm, Pippin
Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical
John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater
Ming Cho Lee
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater
Career Transition for Dancers
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who played Matilda in Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro
Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company
Isabelle Stevenson Award