The repercussions of Tony Award nominations don’t take long. Enron, the Lucy Prebble play that was a sensation in London and one of the most eagerly anticipated show of the season, posted a closing notice for May 9 after getting skunked in the Tony noms for Best Play. On the other hand, the Donald Margulies play Time Stands Still, which got a Best Play nomination and another for Laura Linney in the Lead Actress in a Play category in a limited run that began last spring, is moving to a Shubert theater for an open ended run that begins September 23. Brian D’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian will reprise along with Linney, but Alicia Silverstone won’t.
Even though the top nominated show Fela! didn’t have a branded movie name (La Cage aux Folles tied for most noms and has Kelsey Grammer), the high number of them in the nomination pool will likely continue Broadway’s extreme infatuation with Hollywood celebs. Among those nominated: Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, Liev Schreiber, Grammer, Sean Hayes, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Viola Davis and Angela Lansbury. Even though Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig didn’t get nominated for A Steady Rain, the show was a major success.