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Tony 2012 loves “Follies” and “Clybourne Park”!

Of the handful of shows I saw during the 2011-2012 season, two qualified for the prestigious Antoinette Perry Awards(better known as the Tonys)—and both received much love from Tony! Eight total nominations for Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies”, and four total for Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer-winner “Clybourne Park”. “Clybourne Park” is up for Best Play of the year, as well as Best Director for Pam McKinnon. Jeremy Shamos garnered a nod for Best Featured Actor in a play, and Daniel Ostling is recognized for Best Scenic Design. “Follies” boasts a nomination for Best Musical Revival and FOUR nominations for outstanding performances! They are Danny Burstein and Ron Raines for Best Actor in a Musical, and the wondrous Jan Maxwell for Best Actress in a Musical. A Best Featured Actress in a Musical nod also went to Jayne Houdyshell. Poor Bernadette Peters will have to suffice with a non-competitive special humanitarian award for her founding of the Broadway Barks! program that promotes the adoption of shelter animals, along with other various work for charities—including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Worthy causes to be sure, and not to diminish the special Isabelle Stevenson Award in any way, but I do feel that Ms. Peters did nominee-quality work in “Follies”—and it’s a shame that she was ignored. Rounding out the total nominations for “Follies”: recognition for costume designer Greg Barnes, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Kai Harada. Both of these shows have been highly touted on this blog, and remember that the Tony Award is considered the highest honor attainable for theatre in the United States and that only Broadway shows are eligible. The winners will be announced on the Sunday evening of June 10th, 2012. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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