Tuesday was a big day on Broadway with the announcement of nominations for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical Once was nominated considerably more often than that – 11 times, in fact. Two other musicals, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It, received 10 nominations each. Bernadette Peters and Hugh Jackman were named recipients of special awards, along with Actors’ Equity Association, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
We turn to New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood for analysis of the nominees list to find out what categories have the tightest races, what nominations came as a surprise to him, and who should be – but isn’t – among those nominated this year.