With the 68th Annual Tony Awards less than two months away, the contenders for the 2014 awards were revealed on April 29. The year’s best of Broadway will be competing for top honors at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, and with three-time host Hugh Jackman returning to the stage, you won’t want to miss out on this night celebrating American theater. Tony Awards tickets are on sale now in the Vivid Seats marketplace, where your confirmed order to this VIP event will be backed by our 100% Buyer Guarantee.
Gentleman’s Guide Leads All Nominees
Coming in with the most nominations this year is the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which received 10 nods, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch came in second with eight nominations, which is no surprise considering how eagerly audiences had been waiting for Neil Patrick Harris—who also earned a nomination for his portrayal of the titular character—to return to the Broadway stage.
Karimloo, Cranston, and O’Dowd Earn Nods for Lead Actor
Competing against Harris for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical is Ramin Karimloo, who stars as Jean Valjean in Imperial Theatre’s revival of Les Miserables, as well as Andy Karl, who is currently appearing in the Broadway debut of Rocky the Musical. Turning to Leading Role in a Play, familiar Hollywood stars Bryan Cranston and Chris O’Dowd were both nominated for their Broadway debut roles. Cranston is starring as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way at Neil Simon Theatre, while O’Dowd made his debut this year as Lennie Small alongside James Franco and Leighton Meester in the second Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Audra McDonald Up for Record-Breaking Sixth Tony Award
Moving on to actresses, Audra McDonald will be competing for her sixth Tony Award for her role in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. If she takes home the performance award this year, she will have the most wins of any actor in Tony Awards history. McDonald is up against stiff competition, though, including Cherry Jones (Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie) and LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun). On the musical side, Idina Menzel has earned a nomination for her work on the new show If/Then, which is the only musical included in the 2014 nominations to feature a completely original score and story.
Other big contenders up for numerous awards this year are the musicals After Midnight, a 1920s jazz revue, Disney’s Aladdin, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. On the dramatic front, revivals of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are also in the mix for top honors. See a complete list of nominations available on the Tony Awards website, and take advantage of the chance to see productions currently running with our selection of theater tickets available for purchase in the marketplace.