Broadway’s “A Raisin in the Sun” picked up multiple Tony Award nominations this morning, including Best Revival, Best Director for Kenny Leon, and three individual acting nods – none of them going to star Denzel Washington.
Nominations for the 68th annual ceremony, lauding the year’s best on Broadway, were announced by Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff (with host Hugh Jackman dropping by) in the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Jackman will host the three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on June 8. CBS will carry the event live.
Washington impressed critics as lead Walter Younger in the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” but was not nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Instead, Samuel Barnett of “Twelfth Night,” Bryan Cranston of “All the Way,” Chris O’Dowd from “Of Mice and Men,” Mark Rylance of “Richard III” and Tony Shalhoub of “Act One” will compete for the award.
Washington’s co-star LaTayna Richardson Jackson and Audra McDonald – as Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – were both nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. They’ll face Tyne Daly of “Mothers and Sons,” Cherry Jones of “The Glass Menagerie” and Estelle Parsons from “The Velocity of Autumn.”
You tell us, was Denzel snubbed? Have you seen the play?
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