Co-directors Parker and Casey Nicholaw were nominated, with Nicholaw also a contender for choreography. Landing a total of 14 nominations, Mormon came in right behind record holders The Producers and Billy Elliot , which each scored Traditionally, best musical is the only prize to have a significant impact at the box office, though all the nominated musicals stand to gain from nationwide exposure during the awards telecast.
Following its long-running success in London, the stage production has quickly become a hot ticket in New York due to its breathtaking use of life-size horse puppets. Jerusalem also landed six nominations, among them lead actor for Mark Rylance, and featured for Mackenzie Crook. Up against Mormon for best musical are two screen-to-stage adaptations, Catch Me If You Can four nominations , Sister Act five nominations , along with T he Scottsboro Boys , which was the major surprise of the announcement, emerging as the second most nominated show with 12 mentions.
It closed last fall after a disappointing commercial run. Back when it closed, producers had discussed bringing the show back in the run-up to Tony Awards.
While that remains a financially challenging prospect, 12 nominations could provide an incentive. The main shut-out among new musicals was Priscilla Queen of the Desert , which landed a lead actor mention for Tony Sheldon , who has been with the show since its premiere in Australia, playing the role of transgender drag star Bernadette in Sydney, London and on Broadway.
Book of Mormon Wins Best Musical at the 65th Annual Tony Awards
In his first acting role since Angels in America in , Joe Mantello is in the running for lead actor in Heart, while Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey appear in the featured actor races. Co-directors Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe also were nominated. With only two productions eligible in the musical revival category, the contest is between Anything Goes and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Cole Porter musical Anything Goes was another exceptional performer in the nominations, scoring nine mentions, including her fifth Tony nomination for lead actress Sutton Foster and a double mention for Kathleen Marshall in the director and choreographer stakes. While How to Succeed yielded eight nominations, including nods for Rob Ashford for direction and choreography, and for featured actor John Larroquette, t he big surprise was the snub for well-reviewed lead Daniel Radcliffe.
The ceremony will be televised live on CBS. Read the full list after the jump.