Nominations for the upcoming 66th Annual Tony Awards, celebrating Broadway's finest, were announced Tuesday morning, states the Associated Press. The announcement was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons via webcast from The New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Unlike last year's sensation, "The Book of Mormon," there are no runaways this year. The musical "Once," about struggling musicians and a flower girl in Dublin, received the most nominations with a total of 11, including Best Musical. "Once" was originally a film released in 2007. Another musical, "Nice Work If You Can Get It," garnered 10.
An American classic folk tale, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," also got 10 in all as well as for Best Revival of a Musical. "Peter and the Starcatcher" earned the most nods for plays with nine, including Best Play. Best Revival of a Play nominee "Death of a Salesman" received seven, according to USA Today.
Other notable musical revival nominees are "Follies," "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" with the latter two being from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This year the Tonys have a number of film and television actors nominated in a leading role for plays. This esteemed list includes James Earl Jones in "Gore Vidal's The Best Man," Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman," Frank Langella in "Man and Boy" and John Lithgow for "The Columnist." The leading actresses include Stockard Channing in "Other Desert Cities," Linda Lavin for "The Lyons" and "Sex and the City's" Cynthia Nixon in "Wit."
Christian Borle, who plays a Broadway songwriter on NBC's "Smash," is nominated for featured actor (supporting actor) in "Peter and the Starcatcher." "The Social Network's" Andrew Garfield's featured actor nod is for "Death of a Salesman." "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is considered the most expensive show ever made on the Great White Way. At a cost of $75 million it only came up with two Tony noms for Best Costume and Best Scenic Design. Perennial Tony Award host Neil Patrick Harris will be at it again, hosting from Broadway's Beacon Theatre. The live telecast will be on CBS Sunday, June 10, starting at 8 p.m. ET.