2012 Tony Nominations Announced

May 1, 2012 By:
2012 Tony Nominations Announced

It’s time for the Tony nominations! As three-time host Neil Patrick Harris said on Twitter last night, “it’s the biggest day of the world for a very small faction of people.” We think the star of “How I Met Your Mother is a bit too humble. Tony’s rock!

Irish love story “Once” leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Musical, for its adaption from a 2006 movie about a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin.

Two other musicals — "Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" — each garnered 10 nominations.

A play about the origins of Peter Pan, "Peter and the Starcatcher," earned nine nominations. Disney musical "Newsies" and the revival of "Follies" tied at eight nominations each. Oh, only eight?

Actors nominated for their performances include Hugh Jackman ("Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"), Samuel L. Jackson ("The Mountaintop"), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Death of a Salesman”) and James Earl Jones (“The Best Man”).

Among the nominated actresses are Cynthia Nixon (“Wit”), Angela Bassett ("The Mountaintop"), Tracie Bennett ("End of the Rainbow"), and Stockard Channing (“Other Desert Cities”).

Actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominations live from New York's Lincoln Center this morning. They must be exhausted!

Actress Bernadette Peters will receive a special Tony, the Isabelle Stevenson Award, for her charity work.

The 66th annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live by CBS on June 10th from New York's Beacon Theater in a three-hour ceremony. Check out the full list at Washingtonpost.com.