Tony Awards Nominations: Allison Janney, Mark Ruffalo and Hot-Selling Musicals Snubbed

9:38 AM 5/2/2017

by Ashley Lee and David Rooney

The Glenn Close-starrer 'Sunset Boulevard,' plus adaptations of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'A Bronx Tale,' were shut out — but will any of that affect the box office?

Glenn Close in 'Sunset Boulevard,' Mark Ruffalo in 'The Price' and Allison Janney in 'Six Degrees of Separation'
Glenn Close in 'Sunset Boulevard,' Mark Ruffalo in 'The Price' and Allison Janney in 'Six Degrees of Separation'
Courtesy of Joan Marcus

The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and though the hit musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 leads with twelve nominations, followed by the Bette Midler-starring revival Hello, Dolly! with ten and Dear Evan Hansen with nine, a handful of buzzy contenders were shut out of the race.

But will a lack of nominations dampen those shows' ticket sales?

Honoring the best of the Broadway season, the awards will be handed out in a June 11 ceremony at 8 p.m., airing live on CBS (tape-delayed on the West Coast) from New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Kevin Spacey will make his debut as the annual event's emcee.

See The Hollywood Reporter's list of snubs below.

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  • Allison Janney

    Joan Marcus

    As a well-heeled Manhattan WASP whose world is shaken by an African-American trickster in Six Degrees of Separation, the seasoned actress “nails both the initial poise and the despairing need that creeps up and takes her by surprise as she realizes her connection with this impostor was something real, lasting and all too rare,” said THR. Though she was left unacknowledged, Straight Outta Compton breakout Corey Hawkins earned a lead actor nomination in his Broadway debut, and the new staging nabbed a nom for best revival of a play.

  • Mark Ruffalo

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    Previously nominated a decade ago for his performance in the play Awake and Sing!, Ruffalo stars in the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price as a police sergeant who returns to his childhood home to sell his late father’s belongings, and runs into his estranged brother (Tony Shalhoub). THR said his performance “acquires power throughout the steady build to an explosive crescendo of anger, hurt and fresh self-doubt.” The show wasn’t completely left out, as Danny DeVito nabbed a nomination for his featured role as a furniture salesman, which is also his Broadway debut.

  • Jon Jon Briones

    Matthew Murphy

    Though the musical was nominated for best revival and lead actress (newcomer Eva Noblezada in the role that first launched Lea Salonga), left out was the Filipino actor who has played the sleazy Engineer for years (and nabbed an Olivier nomination for the role) after first joining the show as an ensemble member when Jonathan Pryce controversially took on the role. “[He] makes the avaricious fixer his own. … The wiry Briones also humanizes the dissolute character,” wrote THR. Also left unacknowledged is the revival’s scenic design, from the spectacular helicopter and “American Dream” setup to the bamboo architecture characteristic of Southeast Asia and tacky neon of Bangkok's sex-tourism hub.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Courtesy of Richard Hubert Smith

    The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1993 musical, based on the classic Billy Wilder film, was completely shut out of the race, despite its strong reviews. However, it’s surprising exclusion from the musical revival race isn’t expected to cool its hot sales, driven by Glenn Close reprising the starring role that won her a Tony 22 years ago — making her ineligible this year.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    The nominations didn’t favor the taste of the musical adaptation, which is based on the Roald Dahl novel and the 1971 Gene Wilder movie. And despite largely dismissive reviews, the production is doing brisk business, thanks to its well-loved source material. Star Christian Borle, who plays Willy Wonka, earned a nomination for his performance in the revival of Falsettos, which ran earlier in the season.

  • A Bronx Tale

    Joan Marcus

    The musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's beloved play and 1993 film is one of the great ones at the box office. Co-directed by the film’s helmer Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, the show was shut out of the nominations, despite featuring music and lyrics by the oft-nominated Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and a notable performance by Nick Cordero, who previously nabbed a nom for Bullets Over Broadway. “The actor’s charismatic performance makes it easy to understand his character’s allure for an impressionable young boy — he's likable but not lovable, projecting affability as well as undeniable menace,” wrote THR.

  • Phillipa Soo

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    They say times are hard for dreamers, including those of Amelie, the musical adaptation of the beloved 2001 French film. The production, currently collecting feeble grosses at the box office, drew mainly tepid reviews and was completely cold-shouldered in the Tony stakes — including Soo, who stars as the titular heroine and broke out with a Tony-nominated performance in last season’s Hamilton.

  • Significant Other

    Joan Marcus

    Though it first was a hit off-Broadway, the now-shuttered show couldn’t maintain its box-office power with the move to a larger stage. Yet the bittersweet comedy — which follows a 20-something gay man confronting the void of his emotional solitude as his best girlfriends transition, one by one, into marriage and motherhood — featured a standout performance by Gideon Glick: “It's the sensitivity and self-exposure Glick brings to the central character — careening from self-effacement to self-pity to crushing fear — that provides the play's aching heartbeat,” wrote THR. Lindsay Mendez and veteran Barbara Barrie also should have been strong contenders in the featured actress mix.

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