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‘Kinky Boots’ Leads Tony Award Nominations With 13

Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane Among Those Recognized

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The big story out of Tuesday’s Tony Award nominations? ‘Kinky Boots’ nabbing 13 nominations, with ‘Matilda: The Musical’ hot on its heels with 12 nods.

Both will compete for the best musical prize with the acrobatic “Bring It On: The Musical” and “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” adapted from the beloved holiday movie.

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Among the flurry of nominations, “Kinky Boots” also earned Fierstein a nod for best book, David Rockwell got one for sets, Jerry Mitchell for directing and for choreography, and its two leading men — for Billy Porter and Stark Sands.

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“I’m honored, humbled, and over the moon,” Porter said. “Over the moon.”

Annaleigh Ashford also earned a featured role nomination.

“Matilda” earned nominations for choreography, Matthew Warchus’ directing, Chris Nightingale’s orchestrations, best book by Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin for lyrics and songs, and Bertie Carvel for best leading role in a musical.

The children’s book-turned-musical is about an outcast girl who uses mischief and knowledge as power. The show already swept the awards in London, CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported.

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Carvel, who played the same evil headmistress role in London, said he is enjoying his time in New York, although he did admit to being nervous about how Americans would react. “I feel like I’ve landed on happy shores,” he said. “The show is in great shape. People are loving it.”

The leading actor in a play nominees are Tom Hanks for “Lucky Guy,” Nathan Lane for “The Nance,” Tracy Letts from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, David Hyde Pierce from “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and Tom Sturridge from “Orphans.”

The best musical revival candidates are “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Annie,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Pippin,” which nabbed 10 nominations.

Kenneth Posner had a great morning — the lighting designer got nominations for “Kinky Boots,” “Pippin” and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” He will face off against Hugh Vanstone, the lighting designer for “Matilda: The Musical.”

The best play nominees are Richard Greenberg’s “The Assembled Parties,” the late Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy,” Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” and Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

The nominations were announced Tuesday in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Sutton Foster and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. You can watch the awards on CBS 2, coming live from Radio City Music Hall beginning at 8 p.m. June 9.

The Tony committee also said playwright Larry Kramer, author of “The Normal Heart” and co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award for a “substantial contribution” on behalf of a charity or social service organization.

Select nominations for the 2013 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, announced Tuesday:

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 Book of a Musical: “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda The Musical,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” “Hands on a Hardbody,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda The Musical.”

Best Revival of a Play: “Golden Boy,” “Orphans,” “The Trip to Bountiful,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Annie,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Pippin,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

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 Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, “The Other Place”; Amy Morton, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”; Kristine Nielsen, “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 The Musical”; 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.”