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'The Producers' Bags 15 Tony Nominations

Monday, 07 May 2001 12:00 AM

Reba McEntire, star of "Annie Get Your Gun," and Eric McCormack, who takes over the starring role in "The Music Man" this week, read the nominations. More than 200 theatrical professionals and journalists will vote. The winners are to be announced June 3 in nationally televised ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall.

Only one other Broadway show has received 15 nominations for the Antoinette (Tony) Perry Awards, sponsored by the American Theater Wing. That was the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company" in 1971, but one of its nominations was for best producer of a musical, a category no longer used.

"The Producers," which opened at the St. James Theater April 19, was nominated for best musical along with "The Full Monty," which received nine other nominations, "A Class Act," and "Jane Eyre."

Nominations for best play went to Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love," August Wilson's "King Hedley II," David Auburn's "Proof," and Charles Busch's "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife."

"The Producers" stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, scheduled to be hosts of the June 3 telecast, received nominations for best actor in a musical.

Other nominations won by "The Producers" were three for best featured actor in a musical (Roger Bart, Gary Beach and Brad Oscar) and one each for best supporting actress in a musical (Cady Huffman), book (Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan), original score (Mel Brooks), direction, choreography, scenic design, costume design, lighting and orchestration.

There were few surprises on the list for the 55th annual awards, except for the failure of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" to get a nomination for best musical and "Stones in His Pockets," a British import, to get a nomination for best play.

There were nominations for 20 shows, considered a generous spread, in 21 categories. In addition to "The Producers" and "The Full Monty," other shows getting multiple nominations included the revival of "42nd Street," which received nine; "King Hedley II," six; "Proof," six; "A Class Act," five; the revival of "Follies," five; "The Invention of Love," five; and "Jane Eyre," five.

The Tony nominating committee also granted a Tony Award in the new category of special theatrical events to "Blast," an all-music spectacular with no plot evolved by Star of Indiana Drum Corps of Bloomington, Ind.

Paul Gemignani, the veteran musical director who is directing "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," will be given a special Tony for lifetime achievement in the theater, and a Tony Award for regional theater will be given to Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

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