Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon in "The Scottsboro Boys." Photo by Paul Kolnik.

"The Scottsboro Boys," the controversial Kander and Ebb musical that had a pre-Broadway try-out at the Guthrie Theater, snagged 12 Tony Award nominations, including for best musical.

It followed "The Book of Mormon," which had 14 nominations, and the revival of "Anything Goes," which had 12.

"Scottsboro" had a phenomenal cast doing material that I found wanting. A commentary that I wrote on the show's use of minstrelsy drew some very thoughtful responses.

The Tonys will be handed out June 12 in New York.