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‘Kinky Boots’ Walks Away with 13 Tony Nominations

British import 'Matilda: the Musical' came in second with 12 nominations

Kinky Boots, the musical based on the 2005 film about a drag queen saving a failing English shoe factory, kicked the competition to the curb by taking the most Tony Award nominations with 13 including Best Musical. Matilda: The Musical, the British import derived from Roald Dahl’s novel about a brilliant little girl triumphing over dimwitted parents and a cruel headmistress, came in second with 12. The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, April 30, by Tony winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (ABC’s Modern Family). The awards will be presented on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony broadcast by CBS.

'Kinky Boots'

‘Kinky Boots’

Vying with Boots and Matilda for Best Musical are Bring It On and A Christmas Story, two shows which had limited runs earlier in the season and are no longer playing. Motown: The Musical, the smash hit tuner chronicling the story of the legendary R&B label and its founder Berry Gordy, Jr., was frozen out of the top category, but received four nominations—Actress in a Musical (Valisia LaKae as Diana Ross), Featured Actor in a Musical (Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson), Sound Design of a Musical, and Orchestrations.

Among plays, Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Clifford Odets’ boxing drama Golden Boy achieved a knock-out with the most nominations—eight. Competing for best new play are The Assembled Parties, Lucky Guy, The Testament of Mary, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. For best revival, Golden Boy will be sparring with Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In a season of big-name stars making stage appearances, many were snubbed. Noticeable by their absence from the Tony list were Alec Baldwin (Orphans), Jessica Chastain (The Heiress), Al Pacino (Glengarry Glen Ross), Alan Cumming (Macbeth), Scarlett Johansson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), and Bette Midler (I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers). Tom Hanks, perhaps the biggest star to play Broadway this season, was nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike McAlary in Lucky Guy. He’s running against Nathan Lane (The Nance), Tracey Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and Tom Sturridge (Orphans).

Here is a breakdown of the nominees in major categories:

 

Best Play

The Assembled Parties

Lucky Guy

The Testament of Mary

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

Best Musical

Bring It On: The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

 

Best Revival of a Play

Golden Boy

Orphans

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Annie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Pippin

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge, Orphans


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
Richard Kind, The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey, The Heiress
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Charl Brown, Motown The Musical
Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Terrence Mann, Pippin


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

 

 

 

 

 

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