Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Tony Awards are Sunday night

It looks like Sunday's Tony Awards ceremony will be a battle between the Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots, which has a leading 13 nominations, and the British import Matilda: The Musical close behind with 12. The ceremony airs live from Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. on CBS, WTSP-Ch. 10.

Tom Hanks earned a nod for best leading man in a play for Lucky Guy, written by the late Nora Ephron. Lucky Guy is Hanks' Broadway debut.

Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.

Kinky Boots also earned Fierstein a nomination for best book, and also nominations for sets, directing, choreography and for its two leading men. Matilda earned nominations for choreography, directing, orchestrations, best book, lyrics and songs, and actor in a leading role. The Kinky Boots haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by The Producers in 2001 and Billy Elliot in 2009. The Book of Mormon nabbed 14 in 2011.

Both Kinky Boots and Matilda will compete for the best musical prize with Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story: The Musical, adapted from the movie.

Lucky Guy got six nominations, including one for Hanks.

In addition to Lucky Guy, the best play nominees are Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties; Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary; and Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The best musical revival candidates are Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Annie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Pippin, which nabbed 10 nominations; and the best play revival nominees are Golden Boy, Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

For a full list of nominations: tonyawards.com.

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