The Tony nominations for the best on Broadway were announced this morning, with some stiff competition in the acting categories. For best actor: Corin Redgrave, in Tennessee Williams’s “Not About Nightingales,” is facing Brian Dennehy, who plays Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Kevin Spacey in “The Iceman Cometh” and Brian F. O’Byrne, in “The Lonesome West.” Judi Dench, already an Oscar winner this year for “Shakespeare in Love,” was nominated for best actress in a play for “Amy’s View,” a London success. Her challengers: Stockard Channing, “The Lion in Winter”; Marian Seldes, “Ring Round the Moon” and Zoe Wanamaker, “Electra.”
- “Parade,” a musical that sharply divided critics and audiences and closed in February after a short run, received nine nominations, more than any other show. Its competition for best musical will be “Fosse,” a celebration of the dances of the late, great choreographer Bob Fosse; “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues,” a history of the blues, and “The Civil War,” Frank Wildhorn’s pop version of the Battle of the Blue and Gray.
- Nominated for best play were “Not About Nightingales,” a prison drama written more than 60 years ago by Tennessee Williams; “Side Man,” Warren Leight’s portrait of a jazz musician and his family; “Closer,” English playwright Patrick Marber’s acerbic look at love and sex at the end of the century; and Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West,” a black comedy about two battling brothers set in rural Ireland.
- The Tonys will be presented June 6.