'Once' is big winner in nominations for 66th Tony Awards

CREDIT: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Here’s a roundup from this morning’s 66th annual Tony Awards nominations, which matter a lot to a lot of people and not so much to probably many, many more people.

For the record, “Once” led the way with 11 nominations. Inexplicably, there were no nominations for “Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp,” performed expertly a couple of weekends ago by Rose Hill Elementary School, and a production that featured one Campbell Wood in his theatrical debut -- as a monkey. Ahem.

Anyway, here it is.

WINNERS AND LOSERS: First of all, there’s this, per the New York Times, “The new Broadway musical “Once” led the Tony Award nominations with 11 nods, including for best musical, director, actor, actress and choreographer, while “Peter and the Starcatcher” led the unusually strong pack of plays with 9 nominations. Among the losers on Tuesday was the $75 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which received only two minor nominations, and the critically acclaimed play “The Lyons,” which drew a best actress nomination for Linda Lavin but nothing else.

“(The) nominations not only spread the wealth among more Broadway shows than usual – 30 musicals and plays received nominations, out of 37 eligible – but also tacitly honored the vibrant pipeline of American theater that often leads to Broadway.”

THE FORGOTTEN: For whatever reasons, per the Los Angeles Times, “ (Already well-received) “Clybourne Park,” Angela Lansbury and a play about a dysfunctional family were among those overlooked when Tony Award nominations were announced.

“Although Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” the Pulitzer Prize-winner about race and real estate, received a best play nomination and enthusiastic reviews, it failed to dominate the Tony announcements, picking up just three top nominations, as well as a fourth for scenic design. The show received the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play when it opened in London. (A production of the satirical drama played at the Mark Taper Forum earlier this year.)

“Meanwhile, a drama revival, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Blair Underwood, was even more forgotten, picking up just one nomination in the costume category.”

BACK TO THE BIG DOG: Giving the leader its due, per the Associated Press, “(As for) "Once," with songs by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard, was originally a low-budget movie made for about $150,000. The film earned $20 million, thanks in part to an original score that included the sublime, 2007 Oscar-winning song, "Falling Slowly."{ }

"The musical is a study in how to beautifully adapt a movie to the stage.
Its director, John Tiffany, was sitting at a play in Glasgow, Scotland, when his phone began buzzing "like crazy" with word of the show's success. He sat through the play but learned about the Tony haul after glancing at texts.”

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