2013 Tony Award Nominations: 'Kinky Boots' Leads with 13, Nods for Tom Hanks, Tony Shalhoub, Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy'

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by Ryan Lattanzio
April 30, 2013 11:48 AM
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'Kinky Boots'
Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

The drag queen musical "Kinky Boots," inspired by the true story behind the 2005 film of the same name, is at the head of the class acts with 13 nominations including best musical. Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for "Boots," received the nomination for best score while playwright and seasoned Tony winner Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") is up for best book. Dennis Kelly's "Matilda the Musical," based on Roald Dahl's novel about a preternaturally gifted little girl, is close behind with 12 noms, including best musical.

Nora Ephron's final play "Lucky Guy" holds a place in six categories including best play and Tom Hanks for best actor. A few other notable Hollywood personalities appear on the ballot, including Tony Shalhoub for best featured actor ("Golden Boy") and Tracy Letts for best actor in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Letts wrote the plays "Bug" and "Killer Joe" which have both been adapted into feature films by William Friedkin, and also penned "August: Osage County," now a film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts slated for an end-of-the-year release by the Weinsteins. 

But there were just as many notable Hollywood snubs. Broadway habitues might be shocked by Bette Midler's shut-out. The one-character play "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers" just opened on Broadway to raves, particularly for Midler's performance as the titular notorious Hollywood agent (our TOH! review).

2013 Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain didn't make the cut for her performance in the revival of "The Heiress," a play adapted from the late-19th century novel "Washington Square" by Henry James. Also among the absentees were Scarlett Johansson ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"), Al Pacino (in "Glengarry Glen Ross" -- a role he already immortalized in David Mamet's screen version) and Alec Baldwin ("Orphans"). The NY Times' David Itzkoff weighed in on some of the snubs.

View the complete list of nominees here.


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1 Comment

  • RALevine | May 1, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    The worst group of musicals in the history of the Tonys and Broadway, bar none. They should elminate the category this year! The plays, on the other hand, are an excellent group.

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