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'KINKY BOOTS' LEADS TONY NOMS

Associated Press

NEW YORK - The Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import Matilda: The Musical close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.

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.

"It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," said Lauper, who is making her Broadway debut as a musical writer.

Kinky Boots also earned Fierstein a nod for best book, and ones 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.

Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy got six nominations, including one for Hanks.

"This makes me both giddy and nervous, and it could not be more special," Hanks, left, said. "Before this began, I thought I knew what it would be like. But you can't imagine what it is. ... It's fun, if fun also incorporates a huge amount of fear."

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?

Some big names snubbed this year were Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Katie Holmes, Bette Midler, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson.

For a full list of nominations, go to tonyawards.com. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.

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