NEW YORK — Former Baton Rouge residents Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick received Tony Award nominations Tuesday for co-writing the score of the Broadway musical “Something Rotten!”
The musical received 10 nominations, including another nomination for Karey Kirkpatrick for co-writing the play’s script.
The Kirkpatrick brothers are graduates of Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Karey Kirkpatrick is also a screenplay writer whose credits include the animated films “Over the Hedge,” “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach.”
Wayne Kirkpatrick is a Nashville-based songwriter and co-wrote the 1996 Eric Clapton hit “Change the World,” which won the Grammy for song of the year.
New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson and part-time New Orleans resident Michael Cerveris also received nominations.
Clarkson, Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola all received nominations for their work in “The Elephant Man,” a revival of Bernard Pomerance’s play about John Merrick, the horribly deformed man who shocked London society in the late 19th century. The play will open in London this summer.
Clarkson called the play “one of the greatest experiences of my career,” adding that she was thrilled that it wasn’t over when it ended its run in New York.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. “We’re invading their shores, baby! Get ready!”
The New York-based Clarkson, whose mother is former New Orleans Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson, is also an Emmy Award winner and an Oscar nominee. Her lengthy filmography includes “The Maze Runner,” “High Art” and Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” She also played opposite Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” character in “The Dead Pool.”
Cerveris received one of the dozen Tony nominations for “Fun Home,” as best leading actor in a musical. He hopes the Tony recognition will attract more theatergoers to see the poignant show that may not initially be a lure for tourists.
“The real value of the Tonys,” he said, “and I suppose any awards, is to draw attention to something that people otherwise might not seek out. So the fact that every aspect of the production has been acknowledged is the best kind of advertising.”
Cerveris’ stage, film and television credits include a recurring role as Cook County State’s Attorney James Castro in the Julianna Margulies-starring “The Good Wife.” He also played Marvin Frey, manager of Lucia Micarelli’s Annie in HBO’s post-Hurricane Katrina-set “Treme.” Cerveris won a Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in the 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins.”
The musicals “Fun Home” and “An American in Paris” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations. The productions show two different sides of this Broadway season.
One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gerswin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad.
“It’s nice to know if something’s good, there’s room for it,” said Max von Essen, who earned a nomination for featured actor in a musical in “American in Paris.”
This year’s nominees ranged from 11-year-old Sydney Lucas in “Fun Home” to 82-year-old Chita Rivera, looking for her third Tony. Helen Mirren and Cooper each got nominations, but Hugh Jackman and Matthew Morrison, from “Glee,” did not get nods in their returns to Broadway.
The best new play category will include the candidates “Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two,” “Hand to God,” “Disgraced” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” was snubbed entirely.
Associated Press national writer Jocelyn Noveck in New York contributed to this report.