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New Productions on Broadway Sweep Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There's no shortage of recognizable plays on Broadway--from "The Adams Family" to "Mary Poppins" to "The Lion King." But this year, newness was one of the themes of the Tony Award nominations.

"The Book of Mormon," a new musical from the creators of "South Park" and "Avenue Q," won 14 nominations, followed by "The Scottsboro Boys," which got 12.

New York Times Chief Theater Critic Ben Brantley was pleased that lesser-known actors were nominated this year.

"I think it's great that actors like Bobby Cannavale in 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat' and Joe Mantello in 'The Normal Heart,' who aren't as well known as actors like Kiefer Sutherland and Robin Williams, were nominated," he told WNYC on Tuesday.

There were some big names nominated for the Tonys, including Frances McDormand for her role in "Good People" and Al Pacino for his part in "The Merchant of Venice."

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