Nathan Lane, Tom Hanks Among Tony Noms

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane, Photo: Barry Gordin

Hamptons stars and stars with Hamptons ties may take home the gold on Broadway‘s biggest night, as Tom Hanks and Nathan Lane were among the nominees announced for this year’s Tony Awards on Tuesday.

Both Hanks and Lane are up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Lucky Guy (written by the late Nora Ephron) and The Nance respectively. Alec Baldwin‘s Orphans costar Tom Sturridge was also nominated for the award. All three plays earned nods in various categories.

Hanks had originally turned down the role of Mike McAlary, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York City tabloid columnist in Lucky Guy, but he eventually reconsidered and signed on for a limited run in the biopic. It likely helped that the play was written by Hanks‘ pal and late Hamptons scribe Nora Ephron. It was, in fact, Ephron‘s last play before she died of leukemia at age 71 last June.

Lucky Guy‘s Courtney B. Vance was nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play and their director George C. Wolfe is up for Best Direction of a Play. Set man David Rockwell earned Lucky Guy a nod for Best Scenic Design of a Play and, most notably, Ephron was posthumously nominated for authoring this year’s Best Play.

Along with Lane‘s Best Actor nomination for his role as Chauncey Miles—a gay actor playing a stereotypically camp homosexual man in 1930s New York burlesque—in The Nance, John Lee Beatty was nominated for Best Scenic Design, Ann Roth earned a nod for Best Costume Design of a Play, Leon Rothenberg was tapped for Best Sound Design of a Play and Japhy Weidman is up for Best Lighting Design.

The 67th Annual Tony Awards airs live on CBS from New York‘s famous Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for $275 and $475 if you want to see the show in person. Call Ticketmaster at 866-858-0008 or purchase online here.

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