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Southie-set 'Good People' among Tony nominees

Posted by Don Aucoin  May 3, 2011 01:13 PM

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David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People,'' a drama set in South Boston, is among the Tony Award nominees for best play announced today by the American Theatre Wing.

For her performance as a struggling single mother in "Good People'' who has a contentious reunion with an old boyfriend who is now a successful doctor, Frances McDormand was nominated in the category of best actress in a play.

(At the end of this item is a link to my March 4 Globe review of "Good People''):

 "The Book of Mormon,'' a musical created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker of "South Park'' and Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q,'' led the field with a total of 14 Tony nominations. closely followed by "The Scottsboro Boys,'' which earned 12 nominations.

The other nominees in the musical category are "Catch Me If You Can'' and "Sister Act,'' while "Good People'' will face off in the best play category against "War Horse,'' "Jerusalem,'' and "The Motherf---- With the Hat.''

"It's a good morning,'' Lindsay-Abaire, a South Boston native, told the Associated Press. "I was already so thrilled and honored to be part of such an extraordinary season, to get Tony nominations is the cherry on the sundae.''

Nominees for best actor in a play include Al Pacino for "The Merchant of Venice,'' Bobby Canavale for "The Motherf--- With the Hat,'' Mark Rylance for "Jerusalem,'' Brian Bedford for "The Importance of Being Earnest,'' and Joe Mantello for "The Normal Heart.''

In addition to McDormand, nominees for best actress in a play are Vanessa Redgrave for "Driving Miss Daisy,'' Nina Arianda for "Born Yesterday,'' Lily Rabe for "The Merchant of Venice,'' and Hannah Yelland for "Brief Encounter.''

Ellen Barkin (for "The Normal Heart'') and Edie Falco (for "The House of Blue Leaves'') were nominated for best featured actress in a play.

Review of "Good People'':



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