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Broadway Revivals Hope to Return to Tony Glory

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With the Tony Awards fast-approaching, NY1's Frank DiLella takes a closer look at some of this season's revival nominees.

Fourteen play revivals opened on The Great White Way this season, starting with the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, "Romeo and Juliet" and ending with Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

As for the Tony nominations, Cripple Billy is in and R&J are out.

The Irish play, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" returns to the New York theater boards courtesy of The Michael Grandage company. The play stars Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, as the title character. While Radcliffe was not nominated for his performance, the revival did nab a total of six nominations, including one for director Michael Grandage and one for Broadway newcomer, Sarah Greene, who plays opposite Radcliffe as the character, Helen McCormick.

Tennesse Williams' classic work, "The Glass Menagerie," returned to Broadway this season. The show, which is now closed, opened at The Booth Theater back in September after a sold out run at The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. last year. The revival starred Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith. The show received seven nominations, including one each for Jones, Keenan Bolger and Smith.

Lorraine Hansbury's "A Raisin in the Sun" opened on Broadway this past season starring Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington. The play, which was last revived in 2004 with Sean P. Diddy Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald, now stars Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Broadway newcomer Sophie Okonedo. The revival earned five nominations including three for its trio of female leads.

And finally, the fourth show to be nominated for a Tony for best revival is the West End transfer of "Twelfth Night. The comedy played in rep with "Richard III.” Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance played Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and the title character in "Richard III". As for the Tony nominated revival, the show received a total of seven nominations, including a nod for Rylance's performance as the countess.

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