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Matilda and Kinky Boots lead Tony nominees (2013)

Story by Jack Foley

THE Broadway transfer of hit West End musical Matilda and an adaptation of 2005 British film Kinky Boots lead the nominations at the 2013 Tony awards.

Matilda, which set a record for Olivier Award wins in 2012, gained 12 nominations, including one for Tim Minchin’s score.

And Kinky Boots, about a shoe factory that finds a new outlet making fetish footwear, has received 13, including one for Cyndi Lauper’s original score.

The show’s stars Billy Porter, who plays drag queen Lola, and Stark Sands, who portrays factory manager Charlie Price, compete against each other in the leading actor in a musical category, while the production is also nominated in the musical director, scenic design, costume design and choreography categories.

Its 13 nominations weren’t quite enough to match the record number of nominations for a musical – 15 – set by The Producers in 2001 and equalled by Billy Elliot in 2009.

Matilda the Musical also saw Bertie Carvel nominated as best musical actor. The British star previously won an Olivier for playing tyrannical headmistress Miss Trunchbull.

Among other notable nominees, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks received his first Tony nomination, for his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy.

Ephron also received a posthumous best new play nomination – she was writing Lucky Guy when she died last year aged 71.

Hanks is up against British actor Tom Sturridge, who is recognised for his role in the revival of Lyle Kessler’s 1983 play Orphans.

Another multiple nominee, meanwhile, is Pippin, a revival of a 1972 musical that tells the story of a young prince who joins a performance troupe. It received 10 nods.

The Tonys, regarded as the highest accolades for live Broadway theatre, will be presented on June 9, 2013, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

A full list of this year’s nominations can be found on the Tony awards website.

While much has been made in the US of Hanks’ first nomination, there is also a lot being written about who has been snubbed this year. Broadway saw an influx of big Hollywood names this year, including the likes of Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino – but none of that illustrious trio were shortlisted for their work.