A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, has nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a cult off-Broadway hit that this season stars Neil Patrick Harris, won eight nominations, while After Midnight, a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub, got seven, tied with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Twelfth Night.
The nominations announced this morning also made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Michelle Williams. The musicals up for the big prize in June are: After Midnight, A Gentleman's Guide, Aladdin, and Beautiful. Shows that failed to make the cut include Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, If/Then, and The Bridges of Madison County. Click for nominees in the other major categories. (Read more Tony Awards stories.)