Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Tony Awards by the Numbers has come up with a wonderful set of statistics about this year's Tony nominations that was so wonderful that I had to share it with you all.

A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder received 10 nominations -- the most of any show this year.

21 of this year's acting nominees received their first nomination this year, including Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O'Dowd, and Sophie Okonedo.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill star Audra McDonald has now been officially nominated for eight Tony Awards, though Julie Harris is still the record holder for the most nominations, with 10.

Ms. McDonald is also the fifth person in history to have been nominated in all four performance categories in which she is eligible (no one has been eligible in all eight categories due to the gender split).  Audra is in good company with Raul Esparza, Boyd Gaines, Jan Maxwell, and Angela Lansbury.

Mark Rylance was a double nominee this season for the repertory productions of 12th Night and Richard III.  He is only the fifth person, and first man, to receive this distinction.  The others are Amanda Plummer, Dana Ivey, Kate Burton, and Jan Maxwell.

Nine people who have previously won Tony Awards for acting have a shot at a second win, including Jefferson Mays, Anika Noni Rose, Adriane Lenox and Idina Menzel.  Cherry Jones and Sutton Foster could win their third awards this year.

Six Tony-nominated men wore dresses in their performances: Neil Patrick Harris, Reed Birney, Smauel Barnett, Paul Chahidi, Mark Rylance, and Jefferson Mays.

Two actors, Danny Burstein and Tony Shalhoub, are repeat nominees from 2013.

Three Tony-nominated revivals had their first Broadway productions this year -- Violet, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Most interestingly, the 2013 production of The Glass Menagerie -- which received seven 2014 Tony nominations -- is the first Broadway production of the show to receive ANY Tony nominations.  None of the previous productions of this show have ever been nominated in any category.

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