There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees.
Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto the stage, interrupting the pair and reminding the audience to tune in to the ceremony on June 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Jackman, who won a Tony for his performance in The Boy From Oz in 2004, will host the 68th annual awards this year.
Idina Menzel, who remains in the top 10 of the Hot 100 for her performance on “Let It Go” from Frozen, scored her third Tony nomination for her performance in If/Then. While the show did not receive a best new musical nomination, If/Then scored a nod for best original score. The musical continues to pass the million dollar mark at the box office earning $1,004,383 for the week ending April 27.
Menzel's profile has been raised recently by her star-making performance in Disney's "Frozen." The film's soundtrack is expected to spend a 12th week atop the Billboard 200 this week, and her song, "Let It Go," has risen to No. 5 on the Hot 100.
Neil Patrick Harris also earned a nod for his performance in the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, while Harris’ co-star Lena Hall, who plays Hedwig’s husband Yitzhak, also earned a nomination.
Jukebox shows are very popular on Broadway this season, and many of actors playing famous pop icons earned nods. Jessie Mueller earned a nomination for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful The Carole King Musical, while Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen scored featured nods for their portrayals of songwriting partners and couple Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in the show. Mary Bridget Davies secured a somewhat unexpected nod for her performance as Janis Joplin in A Night With Janis, which closed in February and recently cancelled a planned Off-Broadway run. Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald earned a nomination for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. On Friday, the Tony administration committee ruled Lady Day a play with music instead of a musical, which means McDonald finds herself in the leading actress in a play category—the only one in which she hasn’t already won a Tony.
New music seemed to be lacking in the best new musical category. Of the four nominees, only A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has an all original score, while Aladdin, After Midnight, and Beautiful all use pre-existing music. However, Aladdin features some new songs in the stage version, which earned the Disney musical a nod in the original score category.
Hollywood celebrities taking their turns on Broadway this season including Michelle Williams (Cabaret), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), and Denzel Washington (A Raisin in the Sun) were overlooked by the nominators, while others like Chris O’Dowd, who stars opposite Franco, earned a spot on the list. Theater stalwarts and Hollywood favorites Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were also overlooked for their performances in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land this season.
Head over to THR.com for full coverage of the Tony Awards nominations.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Andy Karl, Rocky
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
Featured Actor in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Featured Actress in a Musical
Linda Emond, Cabaret
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then
Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin, Aladdin
Best Director of a Musical
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway
Chad Beguelin, Aladdin
Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Douglas McGrath, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight
- For a full list of nominations, visit THR.com