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'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Awards With 11 Nominations

May 1st, 2012 11:57am EDT

Once

Hit musical Once is leading the way at this year's Tony Awards after scooping 11 nominations.

The popular show has garnered nods across the board including the coveted Best Musical category at the 66th annual prize giving, which honors the best on Broadway. Once will go up against Leap of Faith, Newsies and Nice Work If You Can Get It for the top prize.

Meanwhile Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher and Venus in Fur will all compete for the Best Play accolade.

Hollywood star Philip Seymour Hoffman is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his part in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and he'll go head-to-head with John Lithgow (The Columnist), Frank Langella (Man and Boy), James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) and James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) for the honor.

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play title for her turn in Wit but she'll face stiff competition from Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities) and Linda Lavin (The Lyons).

Also landing mentions were new Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield for his feature role in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and David Alan Grier for his part in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

The winners will be unveiled at the prizegiving ceremony, hosted by funnyman Neil Patrick Harris, on June 10th at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
 

The main list of nominees is as follows:
 
 Best Play:
 Clybourne Park
 Other Desert Cities
 Peter and the Starcatcher
 Venus in Fur
 
 Best Musical:
 Leap of Faith
 Newsies
 Nice Work If You Can Get It
 Once
 
 Best Book of a Musical:
 Lysistrata Jones - Douglas Carter Beane
 Newsies - Harvey Fierstein
 Nice Work if You Can Get It - Joe Dipietro
 Once - Enda Walsh
 
 Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
 Bonnie & Clyde - Frank Wildhorn and Don Black
 Newsies - Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
 One Man, Two Guvnors - Grant Olding
 Peter and the Starcatcher - Wayne Barker and Rick Elice
 
 Best Revival of a Play:
 Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
 Gore Vidal's The Best Man
 Master Class
 Wit
 
 Best Revival of a Musical:
 Evita
 Follies
 The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
 Jesus Christ Superstar
 
 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
 James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors
 Philip Seymour Hoffman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
 James Earl Jones - Gore Vidal's The Best Man
 Frank Langella - Man and Boy
 John Lithgow - The Columnist
 
 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:

 Nina Arianda - Venus in Fur
 Tracie Bennett - End of the Rainbow
 Stockard Channing - Other Desert Cities
 Linda Lavin - The Lyons
 Cynthia Nixon - Wit
 
 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:

 Danny Burstein - Follies
 Jeremy Jordan - Newsies
 Steve Kazee - Once
 Norm Lewis - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
 Ron Raines - Follies
 
 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
 Jan Maxwell - Follies
 Audra McDonald - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
 Cristin Milioti - Once
 Kelli O'Hara - Nice Work If You Can Get It
 Laura Osnes - Bonnie & Clyde
 
 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
 Christian Borle - Peter and the Starcatcher
 Michael Cumpsty - End of the Rainbow
 Tom Edden - One Man, Two Guvnors
 Andrew Garfield - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
 Jeremy Shamos - Clybourne Park
 
 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
 Linda Emond - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
 Spencer Kayden - Don't Dress for Dinner
 Celia Keenan-Bolger - Peter and the Starcatcher
 Judith Light - Other Desert Cities
 Condola Rashad - Stick Fly
 
 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
 Phillip Boykin - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
 Michael Cerveris - Evita
 David Alan Grier -The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
 Michael McGrath - Nice Work If You Can Get It
 Josh Young - Jesus Christ Superstar
 
 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:

 Elizabeth A. Davis - Once
 Jayne Houdyshell - Follies
 Judy Kaye - Nice Work if You Can Get It
 Jessie Mueller - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
 Da'Vine Joy Randolph - Ghost the Musical
 
 Best Direction of a Play:
 One Man, Two Guvnors - Nicholas Hytner
 Clybourne Park - Pam MacKinnon
 Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Mike Nichols
 Peter and the Starcatcher - Roger Rees and Alex Timbers
 
 Best Direction of a Musical:
 Newsies - Jeff Calhoun
 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
 The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Diane Paulus
 Once - John Tiffany
 
 Best Choreography:
 Evita - Rob Ashford
 Newsies - Christopher Gattelli
 Once - Steven Hoggett
 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
 
 Best Orchestrations:
 The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Bill Elliott
 Once - Martin Lowe
 Newsies - Danny Troob.

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