AP – ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ leads Tony Award nominations

‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ leads Tony Award nominationsThe 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.“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” a cult off-Broadway hit that this season stars Neil Patrick Harris, won eight nominations, while “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub, got seven, tied with “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Twelfth Night.”The nominations made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.The musicals up for the big prize in June are: “After Midnight,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Aladdin,” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Shows that failed to make the cut include “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Rocky,” “IfThen” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” was nominated for best book by Robert L. Freedman, best original score for Freedman and Steven Lutvak, best costumes by Linda Cho, best direction by Darko Tresnjak, Jonathan Tunick’s orchestrations, best featured actress in a musical for Lauren Worsham, best scenic design for Alexander Dodge and for its two lead actors: Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.Disney’s “Aladdin,” an adaptation of the 1992 animated movie featuring a rambunctious genie, earned five nominations, including one for James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the genie.Some 870 Tony voters — members of professional groups such as the Wing, the League, Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society — will decide the final awards, which will be handed out June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Only Broadway shows that opened in the 12 months ending on April 24 are eligibl

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