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Theater & art

SpeakEasy, Huntington lead Norton Awards nominees

If it’s an honor just to be nominated, SpeakEasy Stage Company and the Huntington Theatre Company are the most honored organizations on the 2012 Elliot Norton Awards’ roll of nominees. SpeakEasy tops the Boston Theater Critics Association list with 13 nods, and the Huntington is a close second with an even dozen.

SpeakEasy’s “Red,” the John Logan play about painter Mark Rothko, garnered five nominations, more than any other production. Coming away with four apiece were the American Repertory Theater’s “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” currently on Broadway; SpeakEasy’s “Next to Normal,” the musical about mental illness that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama; and two Huntington shows: Mary Zimmerman’s production of “Candide” and Stephen Karam’s play “Sons of the Prophet,” which had its world premiere at the Huntington before moving to New York.

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