‘Amer­i­can in Paris’ gets 12 Tony nom­i­na­tions

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY MARK KENNEDY

The mu­si­cals “An Amer­i­can in Paris” and “Fun Home” each re­ceived a lead­ing 12 Tony Award nom­i­na­tions on Tues­day, show­ing two very dif­fer­ent sides of this Broad­way sea­son.

One side is sunny — the dance­heavy stage adap­ta­tion of the 1951 mu­si­cal film choreographed by Gene Kelly — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s com­ing of age graphic novel about her clos­eted and sui­ci­dal dad.

The best new play cat­e­gory will in­clude the can­di­dates “Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two,” “Hand to God,” “Dis­graced” and “The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night­Time.” Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” was snubbed en­tirely.

In ad­di­tion to “An Amer­i­can in Paris” and “Fun Home,” the best new mu­si­cal cat­e­gory in­cludes “Some­thing Rot­ten!” and “The Visit.” The Peter Pan- themed “Find­ing Nev­er­land,” mark­ing Har­vey We­in­stein’s first-ever ven­ture into Broad­way as a lead pro­ducer, didn’t get a sin­gle nom­i­na­tion.

The nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced in a tele­vised event co­hosted by Mary- Louise Parker and Bruce Wil­lis. The Tonys will be handed out at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall on June 7.

The best actress in a mu­si­cal cat­e­gory in­cludes Kristin Chenoweth for “On the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury,” Kelli O’Hara for “The King and I,” Chita Rivera for “The Visit,” Leanne Cope from “An Amer­i­can in Paris” and Beth Malone from “Fun Home.”

The best ac­tor in a mu­si­cal nom­i­nees are Brian d’Arcy James for “Some­thing Rot­ten!”, Michael Cerveris in “Fun Home,” Matthew Mor­ri­son from “Find­ing Nev­er­land,” Ken Watan­abe in “The King and I,” Tony Yazbeck in “On the Town” and Robert Fairchild in “An Amer­i­can in Paris.”

The best ac­tor in a play nom­i­nees in­clude Bradley Cooper for “The Ele­phant Man,” Ben Miles for “Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two,” Alex Sharp in “The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night­Time,” Steven Boyer in “Hand to God,” and Bill Nighy for “Sky­light.”

The five best ac­tresses in a play nom­i­nees are: Carey Mul­li­gan in “Sky­light,” He­len Mir­ren in “The Au­di­ence,” Ruth Wil­son in “Con­stel­la­tions,” Geneva Carr in “Hand to God” and Elis­a­beth Moss in “The Heidi Chron­i­cles.”

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