Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gentleman's Guide' Leads Tony Nominees Cmu Grad Cherry Jones Up for Best Actress

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gentleman's Guide' Leads Tony Nominees Cmu Grad Cherry Jones Up for Best Actress

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The darkly comic musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" felt the warm embrace of Tony Award voters with 10 nominations, the most of any production when nominees were announced Tuesday.

The sixth Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" earned six Tony nominations, the first such honors since the play made its debut in 1945.

Two-time Tony winner and Carnegie Mellon University alumna Cherry Jones was nominated as best actress in a play for her role as matriarch Amanda Wingfield, with co-stars Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger nominated as featured actors in a play. Only Green Tree native Zachary Quinto, in an acclaimed performance, was left out.

The Tony nominations were as notable for those whose names weren't called as those who got the call. "Rocky," the mega-musical with songs by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, was nominated for best actor, Andy Karl, and for its scenic magic but did not make the best musical cut. "Bullets Over Broadway" earned a best book nomination for Woody Allen but was left off the best musical list. Some big Hollywood names -- Denzel Washington, James Franco, Daniel Radcliffe and Michelle Williams, to name a few - - also were MIA.

New musicals garnering the most Tony love were "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," which counts CMU alumna Jamie deRoy among its producers; "After Midnight"; "Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical"; and Disney's latest Broadway venture, "Aladdin." The revival of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" was also recognized often, including for star Neil Patrick Harris. Ms. deRoy was a producer of last year's best play winner, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

Other CMU alumni in Tony contention include Paula Wagner, a producer of best play nominee "Mothers and Sons." Tony winner Sutton Foster, a best actress in a musical nominee for the revival of "Violet," attended CMU and starred in Pittsburgh CLO productions in 2001 and '04. …

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