A fabulous drag queen edged out a precocious little girl with special powers on Tuesday morning, when nominations for this season's Tony Awards were announced.
The homegrown musical "Kinky Boots," with a book by veteran writer/performer Harvey Fierstein and a score by first-time Broadway composer Cyndi Lauper, earned 13 nods, the most this year and one more than the critically celebrated British import "Matilda the Musical."
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Other productions that got a lot of love from Tony nominators include acclaimed revivals of "Pippin" (with 10) and "Golden Boy" (eight), and a revised version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (nine). Among plays, the biggest contenders are two new works, Nora Ephron's posthumous "Lucky Guy" - starring Tom Hanks, also a nominee - and Christopher Durang's comedic Chekhov mashup "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which earned nods for stars David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen.
Avidly praised revivals of Edward Albee's acerbic classic "Who's Afriaid of Virginia Woolf?" and the cheeky musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" each nabbed five nominations, as did the new Douglas Carter Beane play "The Nance." "Nance" did not, however, get a nod for best play, as many had expected.
Other notable omissions included Bette Midler, widely considered a leading-actress contender for John Logan's one-woman play "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers;" and Jessica Hecht, eligible in the same category for her lauded performance in Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties."
Stage and screen stars who were recognized, in addition to those already mentioned, include "Nance's" Nathan Lane; Tony Shalhoub and Judith Light, for featured actor and actress in, respectively, "Golden Boy" and "Assembled Parties;" Holland Taylor, for her acting in the Ann Richards tribute "Ann," which she also wrote; and Cicely Tyson, for a revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" that marked her first Broadway appearance in 30 years.
The Tony Awards will be presented at Radio City Music Hall on June 9.
Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
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