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TONY WHACKS OSCAR

Tony nominators had almost no love for Oscar winners or nominees who are on Broadway this season: F. Murray Abraham ("Mauritius"), Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand ("The Country Girl"), James Earl Jones and Terrence Howard ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") and Laura Linney ("Les Liaisons Dangereuses") were among those shut out. The exception? Laurence Fishburne ("Thurgood").

WHAT'S A DECADE OR THREE?

If Patti LuPone ("Gypsy") wins a Tony for leading actress in a musical, she will have gone 28 years between her first and second victories. She won a best actress in a musical Tony in 1980 for "Evita." One of Broadway's leading ladies, she has earned five nominations.

TRICK QUESTIONS

Which productions won best play and best musical in 1947, the first year of the Tonys? Answer: None. There was no award for best play or best musical at the inaugural ceremony, only awards for best author (Arthur Miller, "All My Sons") and best composer (Kurt Weill, "Street Scene"). The first "best play" came in 1948, when "Mister Roberts" (Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan) earned the award. The first "best musical" was Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," nominated this year for best revival of a musical.
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