The 66th Annual Tony Awards, that recognize the best in musicals and plays currently on Broadway, have been announced. The musical “Once” scored 11 prime nominations and seems the show to beat this year for most number of awards.
“Once” is based on the succesful art house film of the same title from 2006 about a poor young couple in Dublin who over the period of a week write, rehearse and perform songs that detail their personal love story. A number from the movie, “Falling Slowly,” won an Oscar for best song.
The musicals “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” both got 10 Tony nominations each.
The musical “Newsies,” which is based on a Disney film of the same title from 1992, received 8 nominations. Look for “Newsies” to appear on the stage of The Muny in the not too distant future.
The $75 million dollar musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” managed only two nominations in the categories of best scenic design and best costumes.
The awards were announced during a live TV event by Jim Parsons and Kristin Chenoweth. The Tony’s will be awarded on Sunday night, June 10th, at 7PM CDT on CBS. The show’s host, for the third time, will be Neil Patrick Harris. For more information on the nominations and the award show, click on the link below.