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'Kinky Boots' leads Tony Awards field with 13 nominations

UPI News Service, 04/30/2013 

Broadway's "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led New York's Tony Award nominations with 13, followed by "Matilda: The Musical" with 12.

The other Best Musical nominees for new shows are "Bring It On" and "A Christmas Story," the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced Tuesday.

The revival of "Pippin" received 10 nominations.

"Golden Boy," a revival of Clifford Odets' boxing drama, had the most nominations of any drama, eight, with the late Nora Ephron's new play "Lucky Guy," starring multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks, close behind with six nominations.

Other Best Play nominees are the new dramas "The Assembled Parties," "The Testament of Mary" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Revivals getting nods are "Orphans," "The Trip to Bountiful" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Hanks, making his Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy," also received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.

Other lead actor nods went to Nathan Lane in Douglas Carter Beane's "The Nance," Tracy Letts in "Virginia Woolf," David Hyde Pierce in Christopher Durang's "Vanya" and Tom Sturridge in "Orphans."

Laurie Metcalf in Sharr White's "The Other Place" is among the women nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

Also nominated are Amy Morton in "Woolf"; Kristine Nielsen in "Vanya"; Holland Taylor in "Ann," about the late outspoken Texas Gov. Ann Richards, written by Taylor herself; and Cicely Tyson in Horton Foote's "Bountiful."

Among stars not nominated are Alec Baldwin in "Orphans," Scarlett Johansson, in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Bette Midler in "I'll Eat You Last," Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in "Glengarry Glen Ross," Paul Rudd and Ed Asner in "Grace," Sigourney Weaver in "Vanya" and Vanessa Williams in "Bountiful."

A special award will be presented to "The Normal Heart" playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer.

The 67th annual Tony Awards is to be held June 9 at New York's Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. EDT.

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