Jim Parsons, who will appear in the upcoming Broadway production of “Harvey,” and Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth, star of ABC’s “GCB,” announced the nominations at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts on Tuesday morning.
“I know what it’s like to wake up and wait for your name to be called,” Chenoweth said, “ and wait and wait.”
The two shared a casual rapport at the announcement. "I love your arm," Parsons said as Chenoweth leaned into him at the podium. "I apologize for all that slaughtering," he added when he mispronounced a few names. "It's early," Chenoweth said, excusing his errors. "I know, and I'm silly," Parsons said, keeping the mood light.
When it came time to announce the nominees for Best Orchestrations, Chenoweth added, “I just love that category, don’t you?” in a nod to the controversy earlier this week regarding the Drama Desk nominations. Originally omitted from consideration this year for the Drama Desks, the Drama Desk Board announced nominees in the category on Monday.
“Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman” landed nominations for three of its leading and supporting cast members, as did “The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess” with four acting nominations. Standout performances of the season, including Jeremy Jordan in “Newsies,” James Earl Jones in “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” Tracie Bennett in “End of the Rainbow,” Judith Light and Stockard Channing in “Other Desert Cities,” Nina Arianda in “Venus in Fur,” Linda Lavin in “The Lyons,” Cynthia Nixon in “Wit,” James Corden in “One Man, Two Guvners,” and Jan Maxwell in “Follies” all received nominations for their work.
“Leap of Faith,” which opened last Thursday, received a nod for Best Musical with no nominations in any other category. Laura Osnes landed a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for the short-lived “Bonnie & Clyde," which closed in December after 36 performances.
Missing from the acting categories are "Nice Work's" Matthew Broderick (though co-stars Kelli O'Hara and Judy Kaye received a nods), and "Evita's" Elena Roger and Ricky Martin, who didn't make the cut with cast member Michael Cerveris. Angela Lansbury also did not receive her eighth Tony nod for "The Best Man," so she won't have the chance to win her sixth award and tie Julie Harris for most awards received by a performer. (One of Harris' statues is a special award.)
Announced earlier this week, Hugh Jackman and Actors’ Equity Association will receive special Tony Awards this year. The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre will be presented to producer Emanuel “Manny” Azenberg. The Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Tony-winner Bernadette Peters, who also appeared in “Follies” this season. The 2012 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre will be presented to Freddie Gershon, Artie Siccardi, and TDF Open Doors.
On the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association, the 2012 Regional Theatre Award will go to Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 22 theater professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The Tony Awards will be voted in 26 competitive categories by 851 members of the theatrical community.
The 2012 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York on CBS, Sunday, June 10.
Check TonyAwards.com for the complete list of nominations.