Edgier shows including "The Motherf---er with the Hat" and "The Scottsboro Boys" dominate nominations

Who says Broadway doesn’t push the envelope? The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced May 3, with a collective 38 noms doled out to this season’s edgiest new shows: The Book of Mormon, a musical mixing Latter-day Saints with cameos by Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer (plus a character called General Butt F—ing Naked), from South Park duo Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez; The Scottsboro Boys, a minstrel-show tuner featuring a soft-shoe salute to ”Jew money”; Jerusalem, a British trailer-trash drama that makes liberal use of blood, beer, and blow; and The Motherf—er With the Hat…well, the name says it all. Mormon was the morning’s big winner, earning 14 noms — one shy of the record 15 earned by The Producers in 2001 and Billy Elliot in 2009. ”I said to my wife, ‘F—, is it black-tie?’ ” says Stone, adding that his first Broadway experience has been ”blessed” (very fitting). ”In true Broadway fashion, I’m just worried about what I’m going to wear.” The day’s other big news: Tony nominators snubbed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying headliner — and presumed best-actor front-runner — Daniel Radcliffe. But these stars have a chance to take home the trophy at the June 12 ceremony: Al Pacino (The Merchant of Venice), Frances McDormand (Good People), John Larroquette (How to Succeed), Edie Falco (The House of Blue Leaves), Vanessa Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy), Billy Crudup (Arcadia), and Ellen Barkin (The Normal Heart).