Monty Python has spammed the Tonys. As expected, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Eric Idle’s musical stage adaptation of the comedy troupe’s 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, dominated the Tony nominations with 14 citations, including Best Musical, Best Director (Mike Nichols), and Best Actor for leads Hank Azaria and Tim Curry. Two other musicals adapted from movies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Light in the Piazza, followed with 11 nominations each.
Among straight plays, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt dominated with eight nominations, including Best Play and acting nods for each of its four stars. New play The Pillowman earned six nods (including Best Play and Best Actor, for Billy Crudup), tying with revivals Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (which scored a nomination for star Kathleen Turner) and Glengarry Glen Ross, which earned acting citations for Alan Alda, Gordon Clapp, and Liev Schreiber.
The list of nominees was read Tuesday morning at a theater-district press conference by Broadway favorites Alan Cumming, Lynn Redgrave, Kate Burton, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Tony awards will be handed out on June 5, at a ceremony to be telecast live on CBS. Hugh Jackman hosts for the third year in a row. A partial list of nominees is below.
Gem of the Ocean
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Light in the Piazza
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Philip Bosco, Twelve Angry Men
Billy Crudup, The Pillowman
Bill Irwin, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
James Earl Jones, On Golden Pond
Brían F. O’Byrne, Doubt
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Cherry Jones, Doubt
Laura Linney, Sight Unseen
Mary-Louise Parker, Reckless
Phylicia Rashad, Gem of the Ocean
Kathleen Turner, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Hank Azaria, Monty Python’s Spamalot
Gary Beach, La Cage aux Folles
Norbert Leo Butz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Tim Curry, Monty Python’s Spamalot
John Lithgow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Christina Applegate, Sweet Charity
Victoria Clark, The Light in the Piazza
Erin Dilly, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sutton Foster, Little Women
Sherie Rene Scott, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Alan Alda, Glengarry Glen Ross
Gordon Clapp, Glengarry Glen Ross
David Harbour, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Liev Schreiber, Glengarry Glen Ross
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Pillowman
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Mireille Enos, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Heather Goldenhersh, Doubt
Dana Ivey, The Rivals
Adriane Lenox, Doubt
Amy Ryan, A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Dan Fogler, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Marc Kudisch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Michael McGrath, Monty Python’s Spamalot
Matthew Morrison, The Light in the Piazza
Christopher Sieber, Monty Python’s Spamalot
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Joanna Gleason, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jan Maxwell, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Kelli O’Hara, The Light in the Piazza
Sara Ramirez, Monty Python’s Spamalot