Let's be honest—theater people suck at math, so Tony nomination day is the only time you’ll ever catch us crunching numbers. Armed with a giant stack of statistics books and a calculator, we got to work figuring out which nominees will make history, which Tony-nominated men got glam, which Tony-winning actors have a chance to win big again this year and more. Check out Broadway.com’s Tony Award nominations by the numbers!
Woohoo! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder scored 10 nominations, the most of any show this year.
There are 21 first-time acting nominees, including celebs Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O’Dowd and Sophie Okonedo.
Hallelujah, Lady Day star Audra McDonald has now officially been nominated for eight Tony Awards! (Julie Harris is still the record holder for the most nominations, with 10.)
But wait, there’s more! McDonald is also the fifth person in history to have been nominated in all four performance categories—she’s in good company with Raul Esparza, Boyd Gaines, Jan Maxwell and Angela Lansbury.
Mark Rylance got two acting nominations this season, for repertory productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. He joins previous double acting nominees Amanda Plummer, Dana Ivey, Kate Burton and Jan Maxwell in the history books.
Nine Tony-winning actors have a chance to win again this year: Mark Rylance, Tyne Daly, Cherry Jones, Audra McDonald, Adriane Lenox, Jefferson Mays, Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel and Anika Noni Rose.
The Velocity of Autumn star Estelle Parsons, 86, is the oldest acting nominee of the season.
Six Tony-nominated men wore dresses during their performances: Neil Patrick Harris, Reed Birney, Samuel Barnett, Paul Chahidi, Mark Rylance and Jefferson Mays.
Two actors who were nominated in 2013 are returning to the race again: Cabaret star Danny Burstein and Act One headliner Tony Shalhoub.
Five British actors were nominated: Samuel Barnett, Mark Rylance, Paul Chahidi, Stephen Fry and Sophie Okonedo. Two Irish actors also received nods: Of Mice and Men star Chris O’Dowd and The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Sarah Greene.
Three Tony-nominated revivals are on the Great White Way for the first time: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Violet.
Wait, three stars from Twelfth Night are nominated in the Best Featured Actor in a Play category?! This has never happened before! (Only for musicals Big River, The Producers and Kiss Me Kate.)
Two Canadian actors have been nominated for 2014 Tony Awards: Les Miserables star Ramin Karimloo (who was born in Iran but raised in Canada) and Bullets Over Broadway’s Nick Cordero.
The Glass Menagerie has been nominated for seven Tony Awards—believe it or not, it’s the first time the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams has ever received any nods!
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Tony nominees!