The 2012 Tony Award nominations were officially announced this morning and Black talent seems to have been both acknowledged and ignored in one fell swoop. Leading with an outstanding 10 nominations is "Porgy & Bess," starring four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. The Gershwin musical, which ties with the other Gershwin musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It" for second most nominations, has snagged Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Leading Actress, and Best Direction, among many other nods. "Clybourne Park," the new play produced by Wendell Pierce, received a Best Play nomination, while the all-Black cast of "A Streetcar Named Desire" only managed to pick up one for Costume Design.
The Alicia Keys produced and scored "Stick Fly," which received the most buzz this year, also received a single nomination — "Best Featured Actress" — for its breakout star Condola Rashad. Perhaps the biggest surprise is "The Mountaintop," which received a total of zero nominations, despite being lead by A-list stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. While the reviews for many of the productions vary from critic to critic, there is sure to be some public response to the disregard for such highly promoted and celebrity-attached shows.The three hour-long ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live from the Beacon Theatre on June 10 on CBS.