A bunch of Hollywood types picked up Tony Award nominations this morning, capping off a theater season big on
stunt high-wattage casting. The most star-studded category has to be Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, in which Laura Linney (Sight Unseen), Mary-Louise Parker (Reckless), and Kathleen Turner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will compete against Cosby Show alumna Phylicia Rashad (Gem of the Ocean) and character actress Cherry Jones (Doubt). Parker's ex-boyfriend Billy Crudup received a Best Leading Actor nom for his work in The Pillowman; James Earl Jones (On Golden Pond) is also nominated in that category. Best Actor in a Musical is also a crowded race, with Hank Azaria and Tim Curry (both of Spamalot) up against John Lithgow of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In probably the biggest titter-worthy "shocker", Christina Applegate received a nod for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in Sweet Charity, the show that almost didn't make it to Broadway due to poor ticket sales and mediocre notices for Ms. Kelly Bundy herself. Notably absent from the list is Denzel Washington, whose turn as Brutus in Julius Ceasar seemed designed for Tony attention.