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This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
This year, four shows that hark back to films from Hollywood’s Golden Age are up for Tonys: An American in Paris (with 12 nominations), The King and I (nine), On the Town (four) and Gigi (one). But dig inside your Playbill and you’ll find all sorts of Hollywood involvement in the shows competing for Tonys.
Longtime Broadway backer Scott Rudin produced This Is Our Youth and Skylight, but there’s also three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot) up for a best director Tony for Skylight.
Former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. is a co-lead producer on The Visit, which is up for best musical; screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, Over the Hedge) is nominated for Something Rotten!; and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures — headed by Mark Kaufman — is behind the licensing of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (up for six Tonys).
Kevin McCollum, a producer on Hand to God and Something Rotten!, recently was enlisted by Fox to develop a Devil Wears Prada musical, among other projects.
One major Hollywood snub: Harvey Weinstein’s Finding Neverland didn’t get a single nom.