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Tony nominations 2015: Theater critic Charles McNulty fields your questions
Tony Awards: 'Wolf Hall,' 'Fun Home,' Helen Mirren among nominees

An epic tale of Tudor-era England and a modern story of an English boy with social challenges dominated the Tony Awards nominations for plays Tuesday, as “Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” drew eight and six nominations, respectively.

Among new musicals, the sexual coming-of-age story “Fun Home,”  the meta-musical comedy “Something Rotten!” and Kander-Ebb's dark "The Visit" were among the notable nominees, along with the more traditional "An American in Paris."

DISCUSS: Theater critic Charles McNulty fields your questions

Meanwhile, “Finding Neverland,” the J.M. Barrie musical produced by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and directed by Diane Paulus, was shut out, as were Larry David's Broadway effort “Fish in the Dark” and the hyphenate actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who had garnered accolades for his performance as a beekeeper in the new drama “Constellations.”

“Curious” and “Wolf" each scored nominations for best play, direction of a play and lead...

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Tony nominations 2015: Complete list of nominees

A pair of musicals, "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home," received 12 Tony Award nominations each on Tuesday morning to lead the pack in 2015. "Something Rotten!," another musical, followed with 10 nominations; the musical revival "The King and I" had nine; and the dramatization of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" novels was the most nominated play with eight.

Nominations in the acting fields included several Hollywood names, including Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Helen Mirren for "The Audience" and Carey Mulligan for "Skylight."

DISCUSS: Theater critc Charles McNulty fields your questions

The complete list of Tony Award nominees: 

Play

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

"Disgraced"

"Hand to God"

"Wolf Hall Parts One & Two"

Musical

"An American in Paris"

"Fun Home"

"Something Rotten!"

"The Visit"

Revival of a Play

"The Elephant Man"

"Skylight"

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Tony Awards 2015: Five nomination story lines to watch

The nominations for the 2015 Tony awards will be announced Tuesday morning in New York by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis.

This time of the Broadway year is one of rapid-fire openings (and, sometimes, closings). Yet the 2014-15 crop of contenders is considered relatively deep, even in the sometimes-shallow new play and new musical categories.

The nominators will make their choices in 24 categories, with a round of campaigning and cocktail parties to follow. The awards will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7 and broadcast on CBS.

Here are five story lines to keep an eye on ahead of Tuesday’s announcements.

The new-play scrum. Two new Broadway productions, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" and "Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2" — both imports from the West End -- are shoo-ins in this closely scrutinized category. But unlike past years, there are plenty of others to choose from: Peter Morgan’s episodic drama “The Audience,” the subversive puppet piece “Hand to God,”...

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'Late Rembrandt,' late nights at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

For once, being late paid off.

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was uncharacteristically serene on a recent Friday evening as about 100 guests mingled in the majestic lobby sipping cocktails. The Dutch national art and history museum was open after-hours for a special showing of its “Late Rembrandt” exhibit, billed as the first major retrospective of the Dutch painter’s later work.

The show, which runs through May 17, includes more than 90 Rembrandt paintings, drawings and prints from the last 18 years of the artist’s life culled from museums and private collections around the world. Normally, the show is something of a zoo, swarming with an estimated 13,000 people a day, the museum said, stretching their necks to glimpse the self portraits and lushly lighted depictions of 17th century life.

Once a week, however, the museum sells tickets to a late-night showing of the exhibit. A maximum of 1,100 guests are allowed into the vast museum to wander freely through uncrowded galleries for the evening.

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Letterman bumpers get new life in gallery photo show

Nothing says David Letterman like a greasy, New York City pizza box strewn with leftover crust remnants and crushed beer cans.

The late-night TV host may be retiring next month after 33 years on the air, but many of the photographs that ran as “bumpers” on TV before and after commercials or to introduce interview segments will make up an exhibition opening May 8 at Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station.

All of the images in “The Letterman Bumpers, the Art of Late Night” were shot by Marc Karzen, a staff photographer at NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” from 1982 to 1992.

“Initially we were just covering the bases, making bumpers,” Karzen says. “But these images, they started to take on a life of their own; they hit a nerve.”

Karzen would set up staged photography shoots with props, often in iconic locations around New York such as Grand Central Station and Yankee Stadium. Following a planned shot list, he’d create images he felt summed up the tone of Letterman’s...

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