The lack of love for "LoveMusik" is the big shockeroo among Tonys noms. The show that leads with the most Drama Desk nominations (12) not only failed to make the cut for best musical, but its director was snubbed, too: 21-time past champ Hal Prince.
It got bumped from the lineup of best tuners by, depending on your perspective, "Curtains" or "Mary Poppins," both of which got mixed reviews. "Curtains," the final musical from theater vets John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, did surprisingly well with 8 nominations. "Mary Poppins" got seven nods but not for Broadway newcomer Ashley Brown despite her practically perfect reviews and ability to pull off magic tricks on stage. She got got bumped by "LoveMusik" star Donna Murphy, a veteran who's won the category twice ("Passion," "The King and I") and was nominated for "Wonderful Town." Brown's co-stars, Gavin Lee and Rebecca Luker, did get noms as actor and featured actress.
Being a past Tonys darling didn't help "The Apple Tree" star Kristen Chenoweth, who won for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and was nominated for "Wicked." She got ace reviews but no Tony notice for her latest role — or, rather, roles, considering she portrays four showy parts in a three-act show.
Another veteran snubbed: "Deuce" star Marian Seldes, past winner for "A Delicate Balance." She got ousted from the race for best actress in a play by another stage veteran, Swoosie Kurtz, whose "Heartbreak House" closed months ago. Kurtz won Tonys for "Fifth of July" and "The House of Blue Leaves."
Poor Nathan Lane. Today was his big day to prove that he's not just a song-and-dance clown. Are voters still holding the misfired "Odd Couple" against him? He's missing from the race for best actor in the play. But so, too, are Bill Nighy, ("The Vertical Hour"), Brian Dennehy ("Inherit the Wind" reaped a nom for his costar Christopher Plummer) and past double Oscar champ Kevin Spacey ("Moon for the Misbegotten").