Once, a small musical about the tentative romance between a street musician (and vacuum cleaner repairman) and a waifish Czech immigrant in Dublin, led the field of Tony Award nominees announced on Tuesday. Based on a 2006 movie, the musical by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (music and lyrics) and Enda Walsh (book) had 11 nominations.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, the revival that was attacked for meddling with a classic by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim before it opened, had 10 nominations, as did another Gershwin show, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Best play nominations went to Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher and Venus in Fur. Along with Once and Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies and Leap of Faith were nominated for best new musical.
The revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, received seven nominations, including Mike Nichols for direction. Hoffman was nominated as best actor in a play, along with James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors), James Earl Jones (The Best Man), Frank Langella (Man and Boy) and John Lithgow (The Columnist).
Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities), Linda Lavin (The Lyons) and Cynthia Nixon (Wit) were nominated as best actress in a play.
The most ballyhooed (and troubled) show of the season, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, had nominations for scenic design (George Tyspin) and costume design (the late Eiko Ishioka).
Bonnie & Clyde, the Frank Wildhorn musical that had a tryout at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, got two nominations: Wildhorn and Don Black for original score and Laura Osnes for performance by an actress in a musical.