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Tony Award Nominations: Kinky Boots vs. Matilda the Musical

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Who will win in the battle for Broadway gold?

Tony Award Nominations: Kinky Boots vs. Matilda the Musical

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The battle for Broadway, also known as the Tony Awards, have announced their 2013 nominations. With no surprise, the Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots leads with 13 nominations closely followed by the British imported Matilda the Musical with 12 nods. 

Nominated for the highly competitive Best Musical award this year are Bring it On: The Musical, Kinky Boots, Matilda the Musical, and A Christmas Story, the Musical. I wonder if it's a requirement for the show's name to have "The Musical" within the title because if it is, Kinky Boots is at a very big disadvantage. 

For the "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play" category, the competition is fierce with Tom Hanks for Lucky Guy, Nathan Lane for The Nance, Tracy Letts for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, David Hyde Pierce for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Tom Sturridge for Orphans

The other major category, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical", has been plagued with some drama, so it seems. The nominees for the award are Stephanie J. Block in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Carolee Carmello in Scandalous, Valisia LeKae in Motown the Musical, Patina Miller in Pippin and Laura Osnes in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Noticeably missing from that selection of women are the four rotating actresses who play Matilda in Matilda the Musical. The four mini-actresses, Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, Oona Laurence, and Sophia Gennusa, have been deemed ineligible for the top prize for leading ladies in the Broadway musical world. The ruling, which is widely unfair, has been proven controversial because rotating child actors have been nominated in the past, most notably the Billy Elliot actors in 2009 who won the award. 

The Tony committee have decided they will award the four actresses the "Tony Honours for Excellence in Theater" instead of letting them compete for the top prize for women. Unfair.

The full list of nominations for the Tony Awards are as follows:

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 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 Nielson, 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
  • 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

Best Book of a Musical

  • Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story, The Musical
  • Harbey Fierstein, Kinky Boots
  • Dennis Kelly, Matilda the Musical
  • Douglas Carter Beane, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater

  • A Christmas Story, The Musical (Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)
  • Hands on a Hardbody (Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics: Amanda Green)
  • Kinky Boots (Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper)
  • Matilda the Musical (Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin)

Best Direction of a Play

  • Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Nicolas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
  • Bartett Sher, Golden Boy
  • George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

Best Direction of a Musical

  • Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
  • Diane Paulus, Pippin
  • Matthew Warchus, Matilda the Musical

Best Choreography

  • Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical
  • Peter Darling, Matilda the Musical
  • Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
  • Chet Walker, Pippin

Best Orchestrations

  • Chris Nightingale, Matilda the Musical
  • Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
  • Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, Motown the Musical
  • Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  • John Lee Bailey, The Nance
  • Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
  • David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
  • Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  • Rob Howell, Matilda the Musical
  • Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Scott Pask, Pippin
  • David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

Best Costume Design of a Play

  • Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Ann Roth, The Nance
  • Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
  • Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  • Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots
  • Rob Howell, Matilda the Musical
  • Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
  • William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  • June Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
  • Donald Holder, Golden Boy
  • Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary
  • Japhy Weideman, The Nance

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  • Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
  • Kenneth Posner, Pippin
  • Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • Hugh Vanstone, Matilda the Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

  • John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
  • Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary
  • Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
  • Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  • Jonathon Deans and Garth Helm, Pippin
  • Peter Hylenski, Motown the Musical
  • John Shivers, Kinky Boots
  • Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

The awards are set to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday May 9. 

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