‘Once’ the Musical leads Tony Awards nominations with 11

By Daniel S Levine,

The Tony Awards nominations for the best in Broadway were announced on Tuesday. Once led with the most nominations in the musical categories, while Peter and the Starcatcher was the most-nominated play.

Once is based on the film of the same name, which centers on two musicians who fall in love in Dublin. The musical earned a total of 11 nominations, just ahead of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which received 10 nominations, according to USA Today. Nice Work If You Can Get It also earned 10 nominations.

Once’s nominations include Best Musical, Best Book of a musical, Best Actor in a musical (Steve Kazee) and Best Actress in a Musical (Cristin Milioti). Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Leap of Faith were also nominated in the Best Musical category.

Businessweek reports that the most nominated play was the Peter Pan prequel Peter and the Starcatcher, which earned nine nominations, including Best Play. Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities and Venus In Fur were also nominated for Best Play.

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark was also eligible for this year’s Tony Awards, but only earned two nominations in the Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design for a musical categories.

Best Musical Revival nominees included Evita, Follies, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar. Wit, Master Class, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man were nominated for Best Play Revival.

You can see the full list of nominees at TonyAwards.com. The winners will receive their awards live at the Beacon Theater in New York on CBS on June 10 with Neil Patrick Harris hosting. Hugh Jackman and Bernadette Peters will receive special awards for contributions to Broadway and humanitarian efforts, respectively.

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