'Gentleman's Guide' leads nominations

MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday. Nominations were spread out for most other shows, reflecting the lack of a juggernaut this year.

The nominations also made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig. Daniel Radcliffe struck out for his third consecutive Broadway show.

Danny Burstein got one of the two nods "Cabaret" received and though it was his fifth nomination, he said he was sad that co-star Williams missed out on one in her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles.

"I'm heartbroken that she wasn't nominated. She is so fantastic in the show. And in all my years I have never seen anyone work harder," he said.

Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald earned a leading actress in a play nomination for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." That's the one female acting category in which she hasn't already notched at least one win, meaning she is in a position to make history as the Tonys' first grand-slam performance winner.

Some 870 Tony voters will decide the final awards, which will be handed out June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.

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