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    ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ leads Tony pack

    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," which originated at Hartford Stage two years ago, received 10 nominations.
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    "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," which originated at Hartford Stage two years ago, received 10 nominations.

    Hartford Stage and the American Repertory Theater will be a significant presence at the Tony Awards this year.

    “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,’’ which premiered at Hartford Stage, leads the pack with 10 Tony nominations, including one for best musical. Nominations were announced Tuesday for the awards, which are scheduled for June 8.

    The Cambridge-based ART’s production of “The Glass Menagerie’’ garnered seven nominations in categories that include best revival of a play and best lead actress (Cherry Jones).

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    “The Glass Menagerie” at the American Repertory Theater. From left: Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger.

    And Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,’’ a historical drama about President Lyndon Johnson’s fight to win congressional passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which opened the ART’s season last fall after premiering at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, was nominated for a Tony as best play. “Breaking Bad’’ star Bryan Cranston, who played LBJ in Cambridge and is currently portraying him on Broadway, received a nod as best lead actor in a play.

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    “The Bridges of Madison County,’’ which premiered last summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival, earned four nominations (including one in the category of lead actress for Kelli O’Hara, who was not part of the Williamstown cast).

    There were some notable big-name omissions when the nominations were announced, including Denzel Washington, who’s headlining the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun”; Daniel Radcliffe, star of “The Cripple of Inishmaan’’; Michelle Williams, who is playing Sally Bowles in “Cabaret’’; James Franco, starring in “Of Mice and Men’’; and Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who costarred in revivals of “Waiting for Godot’’ and “No Man’s Land.’’

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    American Repertory Theater's production of "All The Way." Pictured: Bryan Cranston as LBJ.

    Another well-known star, Neil Patrick Harris, fared better, earning a nod for best lead actor in a musical for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” one of eight nominations the show received. Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald earned a nod in the best lead actress in a play category for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.’’ It is the only performance category in which McDonald has not yet won.

    “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,’’ a giddy musical comedy about an impecunious young chap who decides to dispatch the eight relatives who stand between him and an aristocratic title, was nominated for a Tony as best musical. Jefferson Mays, who plays all eight relatives, will compete for best lead actor in a musical against his costar, Bryce Pinkham, a Boston College graduate.


    “The Glass Menagerie’’ originated at the ART in February 2013, and it is the first production of Tennessee Williams’s play to be nominated for a Tony. In addition to the best lead actress nomination for Jones, who portrayed Amanda, the wily matriarch of “Menagerie,’’ in Cambridge and on Broadway, costars Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith were nominated for best featured performances. Zachary Quinto, who played Tom, was the only cast member to be snubbed. John Tiffany was nominated for best direction.

    Besides “All the Way,’’ the nominees for best play are James Lapine’s “Act One,’’ Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina,’’ Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons,’’ and John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.’’

    In the category of best musical, “Gentleman’s Guide’’ will compete against “After Midnight,’’ “Aladdin,’’ and “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.’’

    In the category of best revival of a play, “The Glass Menagerie’’ will vie with Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan,’’ Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,’’ and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.’’ In the category of best revival of a musical (won last year by the ART’s “Pippin’’), the nominees are “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’’ “Les Miserables,’’ and “Violet.’’

    The Regional Theatre Award, which was won last year by Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, will go this year to New York’s Signature Theatre.


    The Tony Awards ceremony is scheduled for June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. To be hosted by Hugh Jackman, it will be broadcast on CBS. The awards are given by the nonprofit American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, which is the national trade association for theater owners and producers. Only Broadway productions are eligible for Tony Awards.

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