Frankfort made a big showing in the 2013 Tony Award nominations, announced Tuesday in New York. Broadway legend George C. Wolfe and Will Chase, both of whom were born and grew up in Kentucky's capital city, received nods.
Wolfe, 58, was nominated for best direction of a play for Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. It's his seventh nomination for best director and his 21st overall. He has won five Tonys for his work as a director and as a producer. Lucky Guy is currently playing on Broadway.
In his first Tony nomination, Chase, 42, was cited in the category for best featured actor in a musical for his work in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which closed in March. Chase will compete against fellow Kentucky native Terrence Mann, 61, a Broadway mainstay who was born in Ashland but grew up in Florida; he was nominated for his work in Pippin.
In another Central Kentucky connection, Annie — which includes Lexington girl Brooklyn Shuck, 7, as an understudy — was nominated for best revival of a musical.
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Overall, the Cyndi Lauper-scored musical Kinky Boots has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations. The British import Matilda: The Musical is close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play for Lucky Guy.
Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in footwear for drag queens. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.
"I walked my dog early this morning so I'd be back in time to listen to the announcement. It's so great. It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," Lauper told The Associated Press.
Matilda: The Musical is a witty musical adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl and is true to his bleak vision of childhood as a savage battleground.
Among the flurry of nominations, Kinky Boots earned Fierstein a nod for best book, David Rockwell got one for sets, Jerry Mitchell for directing and for choreography, and nominations for its two leading men, Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Annaleigh Ashford 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 actor in a musical for crossing genders to play the evil headmistress.
Some big names snubbed this year were Al Pacino of Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin in Orphans, Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts, Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, and Scarlett Johansson from the revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The nominations were announced Tuesday in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Sutton Foster and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The awards will be broadcast June 9 on CBS from Radio City Music Hall.
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.
The Huntington Theatre Co. in Boston will receive the Regional Theater Award.
Select nominations for the 2013 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, announced Tuesday. For the complete list, go to Tonyawards.com.
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 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.
Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Bartlett 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.
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