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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:

Best musical:

Bring It On: The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda: The Musical

Best play:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Testament of Mary

Lucky Guy

The Assembled Parties

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 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

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