With 38 productions in contention for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of names missing when nominations were announced on Tuesday. Among the most shocking had to be the complete shut-out of “Finding Neverland,” a musical version of the 2004 Best Picture nominee. Oscar whiz Harvey Weinstein had turned his attention to Broadway for the first time as a lead producer but had a tough time cracking the theater crowd.
The tuner marked the return to Broadway of past nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. While audiences are lapping up this tearful true story that inspired J.M. Barrie to write “Peter Pan,” critics were less than enthused. Likewise for Larry David‘s smash hit comedy “Fish in the Dark,” which was also blanked by the nominating committee. But David is guaranteed to have the last laugh as the limited run is all but sold out.
Among the leading men shut out of the Best Actor (Play) race were past Tony winners Brian Dennehy (“Love Letters”), Hugh Jackman (“The River”), John Lithgow (“A Delicate Balance”) and Nathan Lane (“It’s Only a Play”).
While the Best Actress (Play) field was not as deep, among those snubbed were past Tony winners and “A Delicate Balance” co-stars Glenn Close and Lindsay Duncan as well as Blythe Danner (“The Country House”).
Over on the musical side, which is one of the strongest in recent years, there was also no room for “It Shoulda Been You,” which was helmed by Tony and Emmy champ David Hyde-Pierce and featured a slew of talent including Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly and Tony winner Harriet Harris.
NOT NOMINATED: BEST PLAY
“Fish in the Dark”
NOT NOMINATED: BEST PLAY REVIVAL
“A Delicate Balance”
“The Heidi Chronicles”
“It’s Only a Play”
NOT NOMINATED: BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
NOT NOMINATED: BEST ACTOR (PLAY)
Brian Dennehy, “Love Letters”
Hari Dhillon, “Disgraced”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Constellations”
Hugh Jackman, “The River”
Nathan Lane, “It’s Only a Play”
John Lithgow, “A Delicate Balance”
NOT NOMINATED: BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL)
John Cariani, “Something Rotten”
Matthew Morrison, “Finding Neverland”
Tam Mutu, “Doctor Zhivago”
Roger Rees, “The Visit”
NOT NOMINATED: BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Erin Davie, “Side Show”
Lisa Howard, “It Shoulda Been You”
Laura Michelle Kelly, “Finding Neverland”
Emily Padgett, “Side Show”