NEW YORK — New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson and part-time New Orleans resident Michael Cerveris received Tony Award nominations Tuesday.
Nominations went to Clarkson, Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola for their work in the revival of “The Elephant Man.”
“The Elephant Man,” Bernard Pomerance’s play about John Merrick, a horribly deformed man who galvanized London society in the late 19th century, will open in London this summer with 13 American actors.
Clarkson called the play “one of the greatest experiences of my career,” adding that she was thrilled it wasn’t over when its New York run ended.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. “We’re invading their shores, baby! Get ready!”
Clarkson, whose mother is former New Orleans City 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.”
Cerveris received one of the dozen Tony nominations for “Fun Home,” as best leading actor in a musical. He said he hopes the Tony recognition will attract more theatergoers to see the poignant show, which 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 work includes his role as Cook County State’s Attorney James Castro in “The Good Wife,” starring Julianna Margulies. He also played Marvin Frey, manager of Lucia Micarelli’s Annie in HBO’s “Treme.”
Cerveris previously 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 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 Gershwin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s coming-of-age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad.
Former Baton Rouge resident Karey Kirkpatrick received a Tony nomination for co-writing the musical “Something Rotten!” Kirkpatrick also shares a Tony nomination with his brother, Wayne, for co-writing the show’s music and lyrics. The musical received 10 nominations in all.
The Kirkpatrick brothers are graduates of Baton Rouge Magnet High School.
This year’s nominations 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 candidates in the best new play category include “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.
The British did well, with the transfers “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two,” “The Audience,” “The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “Skylight” grabbing 24 nominations. Sting’s “The Last Ship” earned the rocker a nomination for best original score, even though his show closed in January.
“The Elephant Man” will face competition in the best play revival category from “Skylight,” “This Is Our Youth” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”
The musical revival category has three strong candidates: “The King and I,” “On the Town” and “On the Twentieth Century.”
The nominees for best actor in a play include Cooper for “The Elephant Man,” Ben Miles for “Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two,” Alex Sharp in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Steven Boyer in “Hand to God” and Bill Nighy for “Skylight.”