The nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning from The New York Public Library for Performing Arts by Tony winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12.
Up for best musical are "Bring It On: The Musical," "A Christmas Story, The Musical," "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda The Musical."
Two stories born in Britain are vying for America's biggest theater prize: "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda." "Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Songs by Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser, albeit in open-minded New York. Touring potential is key for Tony voters.
"Matilda," the import from London, is a witty musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Roald Dahl and is true to his bleak vision of childhood as a savage battleground. It has proven it can find audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
The best play nominees are "The Assembled Parties," "Lucky Guy," "The Testament of Mary" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
Tom Hanks received a best actor in a play nod for "Lucky Guy." He's up against Nathan Lane in "The Nance," Tom Sturridge in "Orphans," "Tracy Letts" in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and David Hyde Pierce in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Pierce's co-star, Sigourney Weaver, didn't get a best actress in a play nomination. Instead, the best actress play nominees of 2013 are Laurie Metcalf in "The Other Place," Amy Morton in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Kristine Nielson in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Holland Taylor in "Ann" and Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful."
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 his "substantial contribution" on behalf of a charity or social service organization.
About 870 voters will choose the winners. Only Broadway shows that opened since April 26, 2012, are eligible. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show, will host the glittery ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. It will be broadcast live by CBS on News 19 WLTX.
Here are the key nominees:
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda: The Musical
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Testament of Mary
The Assembled Parties
Best revival of a play:
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best revival of a musical:
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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 a 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