Tonys 2014: Neil Patrick Harris Scores A Nomination For Hedwig And Bryan Cranston Earns Nod For Best Actor

Nominations for this year’s Tony Awards have been announced with Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris some of the big names up for gongs at this year’s ceremony.

This year’s prestigious theatre awards see the likes of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way up for best play, which has also earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor in a play. Terrence McNally’s Mothers And Sons, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar and James Lapine’s Act One were also nominated.

New musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder leads the nominations with ten nods while Neil Patrick Harris’ new production Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened to rave reviews last week is just behind with eight.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is up against Disney musical Aladdin, the jukebox musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and the Duke Ellington-inspired revue After Midnight for best new musical.

The leading actor in a play category looks to be one of the most competitive with Cranston up against Tony Shalhoub and British actors Mark Rylance and Chris O’Dowd for his well received role as Lennie in Of Mice and Men. O’Dowd’s co-star James Franco has failed to receive a nod though.

Denzel Washington and Daniel Radcliffe, who both gave acclaimed performances have also missed out on a nod but Dan’s play The Cripple of Inishmaan has received six nods.

The best leading actress in a musical category is also packed with big name talent including Frozen singing star Idina Menzel for If/Then and rising stars Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) and Mary Bridget Davies (A Night With Janis Joplin)

Broadway newbie Michelle Williams was skipped over for her performance in Cabaret though.

CBS will broadcast the Tony Awards live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 8 where Hugh Jackman will play host.