Tuesday, May 05, 2009

*Billy* is dancin'

Variety reports that *Billy Elliott* has earned 15 Tony nominations.
It looks like *Billy* for new musical (vs. "Next to Normal"); "God of Carnage" for New Play (vs. "Dividing the Estate"); "Hair" for Revival Musical (vs. "West Side Story"); and *The Norman Conquests* for Revival Play (vs. *Mary Stuart*).
But another big story is how many good actors were left unnominated for plays: Kristin Scott Thomas for *The Seagull*; three of the four cast members in *Godot*; all of the *All My Sons* cast; and more.
The show's on Sunday, June 7, on CBS.

ADDED May 6:
Charles McNulty in the L.A. Times discusses the strong competition in New Play and Revival Play while taking a swipe at the slim pickin's in New Musical (and not lamenting, too much, the absence of the Dolly Parton vehicle, *9 to 5*).

ADDED May 8:
Jeremy Gerard at Bloomberg agrees that some actors (like Frank Langella) got snubbed, and that lots of Tony voters demonstrably aren't following the rules and aren't going to all the shows they're supposedly sitting in judgement upon. Naughty, naughty Tony voters.
And Tom O'Neil at The Envelope reminds us that the three boys sharing the nomination for *Billy Elliott* isn't the only time that multiple actors have been nominated for the same Tony acting award. What's more, you know -- or SHOULD know -- when that happened for the first (and still most bizarre) time. Trivia hour!

ADDED June 1:
Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune
praises Billy Elliott and God of Carnage.

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