2012 Tony Award nominations, plus Metro’s picks!

"Once" swept the Tony Award nominations this morning, earning 11 nods.

The 2012 Tony Award nominations were announced live today by Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked”) and Jim Parsons (“The Normal Heart”). The show that sucked up bids like a Hoover was “Once,” the quirky love story about a vacuum repairman-turned-musician. This musical, adapted from the 2006 film, claimed 11 nods. “Porgy and Bess” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” earned 10 apiece, while “Follies” and “Newsies” each pulled in 8. As far as straight plays go, “Peter and the Starcatcher” caught nine nominations. “Other Desert Cities” received five, though star Rachel Griffiths was overlooked. Also surprisingly unmentioned were the leads in the highly anticipated, recently opened musical blockbuster “Evita.”

Here’s a look at nominations in some of the top categories; our picks are highlighted so that you can make fun of us when the 66th annual Tony Awards air on June 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS:

Best play

“Clybourne Park”
“Other Desert Cities”
“Peter and the Starcatcher”
“Venus in Fur

Best musical

“Leap of Faith”
“Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Best revival of a play

“Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
“Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”
“Master Class”

Best revival of a musical

“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
“Jesus Christ Superstar”

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man”
Frank Langella, “Man and Boy”
John Lithgow, “The Columnist”

Best performance by an actress in leading role in a play

Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett, “End of the Rainbow”
Stockard Channing, “Other Desert Cities”
Linda Lavin, “The Lyons”
Cynthia Nixon, “Wit”

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

Danny Burstein, “Follies”
Jeremy Jordan, “Newsies”
Steve Kazee, “Once”
Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Ron Raines, “Follies”

Best performance by an actress in leading role in a musical

Jan Maxwell, “Follies”
Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, “Once”
Kelli O’Hara, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Laura Osnes, “Bonnie & Clyde”

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
Michael Cumpsty, “End of the Rainbow”
Tom Edden, “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos, “Clybourne Park”

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

Linda Emond, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
Spencer Kayden, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities”
Condola Rashad, “Stick Fly”

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Michael Cerveris, “Evita”
David Alan Grier, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”
Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Josh Young, “Jesus Christ Superstar

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

Elizabeth A. Davis, “Once”
Jayne Houdyshell, “Follies”
Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “Ghost the Musical”


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