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'The Book of Mormon' leads the pack into Tony Awards show

Andrew Rannells, left, and Josh Gad perform in The Book of Mormon. Each is up for best-actor honors in the musical that has snagged 14 Tony nominations. 

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Andrew Rannells, left, and Josh Gad perform in The Book of Mormon. Each is up for best-actor honors in the musical that has snagged 14 Tony nominations. 

Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris will have some big-name help during tonight's ceremony honoring the best of Broadway at New York's Beacon Theatre.

The list of presenters includes Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons and Joel Grey.

There's a good chance that many of them will be handing statues to Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, co-creators of The Book of Mormon, which received a leading 14 nominations, including best musical. The profane musical was one nod short of the record for most nominations.

Tonys organizers tried to get presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, to be a presenter. He declined, adding that he did get a kick out of Parker and Stone's most famous creation, TV's South Park.

The Scottsboro Boys, a searing tale of 1930s injustice framed as a minstrel show, is up for the second-highest number of awards. Though it closed abruptly after just 49 performances and 29 previews, it has 12 nominations, including for best musical.

Meanwhile, Wonderland — the musical born in Tampa that arrived to sour reviews on Broadway — received no nominations and closed less than two weeks after the May 5 nominations were announced.



The nominees

The Tony Awards are at 8 tonight on CBS. The Book of Mormon is up for the most awards of any play

or musical, with 14 nominations. Here is a partial list of nominations. For a complete list, go to

tonyawards.com.

Best Play: Good People, Jerusalem, The

Motherf----- With the Hat, War Horse.

Best Musical: The Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act.

Best Book of a Musical: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act.

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: The Book of Mormon,

The Scottsboro Boys, Sister Act, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Best Revival of a Play: Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Merchant of Venice,

The Normal Heart.

Best Revival of a Musical: Anything Goes, How

to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading

Role in a Play: Brian Bedford, The Importance

of Being Earnest; Bobby Cannavale,

The Motherf----- With the Hat; Joe Mantello,

The Normal Heart; Al Pacino, The Merchant

of Venice; Mark Rylance, Jerusalem.

Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday; Frances McDormand, Good People; Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice; Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy; Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can; Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon; Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys; Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon; Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Sutton Foster, Anything Goes; Beth Leavel, Baby It's You!; Patina Miller, Sister Act; Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture.

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf----- With the Hat; Rae Smith, War Horse; Ultz, Jerusalem; Mark Wendland,

The Merchant of Venice.

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice; Desmond Heeley,

The Importance of Being Earnest; Mark Thompson, La Bete; Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday.

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes; Ann Roth,

The Book of Mormon; Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliott and

Tom Morris, War Horse; Joel Grey and George

C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart; Anna D. Shapiro,

The Motherf----- With the Hat; Daniel Sullivan,

The Merchant of Venice.

Best Direction of a Musical: Rob Ashford, How

to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes; Casey

Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon; Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys.

Best Choreography: Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes; Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon; Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys.

Best Orchestrations: Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys; Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon; Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can.

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