There aren't many local connections to this year's slate of Tony nominees, led by the Trey Parker and Matt Stone-created Book of Mormon with 14 nods, but local actors, theaters and fans took to Twitter with opinions about the nominations. Here's what the D.C. theater scene thinks.
Howard professor Darius Smith congratulated Howard grad Clinton Roane, who performed in The Scottsboro Boys, which received 12 nominations. The New York Times speculates that the show has made a new record for the most nominations for a production that has closed before the awards show.
Congrats @IAmClintonian and The Scottsboro Boys on their 12 Tony noms!
D.C. Theatre Scene's Alex Murphy laments:
It's depressing that Scottsboro Boys is already closed. Now it has 12 Tony noms but I guess audiences were too busy seeing crap this year.
Lots of folks out there grousing that Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, who is performing in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, wasn't nominated. But even without Harry Potter, there's too much Hollywood starpower in the nominations for local actress Tonya Beckman Ross:
Not so, says the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff:
So much for Celeb-Broadway: No Tony nominations for Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams or Kiefer Sutherland.
The Take Three, a local film site, asks a question worthy of 30 Rock:
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now Tony nominees, too. How close are they to the elusive EGOT? http://tinyurl.com/4532hm5
An Alexandria theater fan provides an hearty endorsement of the quadruple-nominated Catch Me If You Can:
Congrats @CatchMeMusical on your tony noms. The show defines what it means to be, "Live in living color!"
An endorsement of The Motherfucker With the Hat, nominated six times, from local blogger Frank Longo.
And the final word goes to local dramaturg Elissa Goetschius, who swiftly issues praise while declaring mediocrity:
@MauraJudkis Bummed BLOODY BLOODY didn't get more noms, but thrilled for Alex for book. Also happy for Brian Bedford, who I love.
@MauraJudkis Also pleased to see a nom for Adam Godley who still creeps me out after seeing him in the premiere of THE PILLOWMAN.
@MauraJudkis Also pleased for Lookingglass and Handspring. Otherwise, not terribly invested.
Spider Man, Turn Off the Dark, by the way, was ineligible for any Tony Awards this year because it has not yet officially opened.