NEW YORK -- ''The Drowsy Chaperone," a daffy musical about one fan's favorite 1920s show, garnered 13 Tony nominations yesterday, including best musical.
Close behind with 11 was ''The Color Purple," the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical based on Alice Walker's novel about a determined woman's triumph over adversity.
The revival of ''The Pajama Game" got nine bids, while tied at eight were ''Jersey Boys," the gritty show-biz tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the revival of ''Awake and Sing!"
''The History Boys," Alan Bennett's London success about a group of boisterous students trying to get into Oxford or Cambridge, received seven nominations, including best play.
The other best-play nominees: ''The Lieutenant of Inishmore," Martin McDonagh's comic splatterfest about a crazed Irish terrorist; ''Shining City," Conor McPherson's ghost story set in present-day Dublin; and ''Rabbit Hole," David Lindsay-Abaire's look at a suburban couple attempting to deal with the death of their young son.
Besides ''The Drowsy Chaperone," ''Jersey Boys," and ''The Color Purple, ''The Wedding Singer," based on the movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie, will compete for best musical.
Candidates for best actor in a play include: Ralph Fiennes, playing the title character in Brian Friel's ''Faith Healer"; Richard Griffiths, a beloved teacher in ''The History Boys"; Oliver Platt, the haunted husband in ''Shining City"; David Wilmot, a crazed terrorist in ''The Lieutenant of Inishmore"; and Zeljko Ivanek, an intense naval officer in ''The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial."
The hopefuls for best actress in a play are Cynthia Nixon, the distraught mother in ''Rabbit Hole"; Judy Kaye, a tone-deaf diva in ''Souvenir"; Lisa Kron, an embattled daughter in ''Well"; and two performers from the revival of W. Somerset Maugham's ''The Constant Wife": Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave.
It was Redgrave's niece, Natasha Richardson, who announced her aunt's nomination yesterday at Lincoln Center. Richardson called her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, in London, and she relayed the news to sister Lynn.
Harry Connick Jr., got a nod for best actor in a musical for his Broadway debut in ''The Pajama Game" and will be up against Michael Cerveris, the bloody barber in ''Sweeney Todd"; John Lloyd Young, who portrays crooner Frankie Valli in ''Jersey Boys"; Bob Martin, the coauthor and narrator-star of ''The Drowsy Chaperone"; and Stephen Lynch, the lovesick hero of ''The Wedding Singer."
Kelli O'Hara, Connick's costar in ''The Pajama Game," received a best actress nomination, as did Broadway veteran Patti LuPone, the industrious pie-maker in ''Sweeney Todd,"
The award ceremonies will be June 11 at Radio City Music Hall.
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