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'Billy Elliot, The Musical' ties record for Tony nominations

Billy Elliot, The Musical has 15 Tony Award nominations, tying the record set by The Producers in 2001. Billy's chief rival is the small-scale musical Next to Normal, which received 11 nominations. Hair (eight nominations) and West Side Story (four) are the front-runners for the musical revival Tony. Among plays, the British imports of revivals Mary Stuart and The Norman Conquests have seven nominations each, while the new play God of Carnage picked up six. Jane Fonda is a nominee for her performance as a dying Beethoven scholar in 33 Variations.

Below are selected nominees. For a complete list, go to tonyawards.com.

Best Play

Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman

Best Musical

Billy Elliot, The Musical

Next to Normal

Rock of Ages

Shrek The Musical

Best Book of a Musical

Billy Elliot, The Musical by Lee Hall

Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey

Shrek The Musical by David Lindsay-Abaire

[Title of Show] by Hunter Bell

Best Original Score

Billy Elliot, The Musical by Elton John (music) and Lee Hall (lyrics)

Next to Normal by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics)

9 to 5: The Musical by Dolly Parton (music and lyrics)

Shrek The Musical by Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

Best Revival of a Play

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Mary Stuart

The Norman Conquests

Waiting for Godot

Best Revival of a Musical

Guys and Dolls

Hair

Pal Joey

West Side Story

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage

Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow

James Gandolfini, God of Carnage

Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King

Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Hope Davis, God of Carnage

Jane Fonda, 33 Variations

Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage

Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart

Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Gavin Creel, Hair

Brian d'Arcy James, Shrek The Musical

Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages

J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Stockard Channing, Pal Joey

Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical

Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical

Alice Ripley, Next to Normal

Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story

Best Direction of a Play

Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart

Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage

Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests

Best Direction of a Musical

Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Michael Greif, Next to Normal

Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages

Diane Paulus, Hair

Best Choreography

Karole Armitage, Hair

Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical

Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin's White Christmas

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The Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight on CBS.

'Billy Elliot, The Musical' ties record for Tony nominations 06/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 6, 2009 4:30am]
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