Making It Rain On Them Hoes: Cast of “Kinky Boots” Leads The 67th Annual Tony Awards With 13 Nominations

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Good news for you Broadway fans.

“Kinky Boots” Leads Tony Award Nominations

According to NY Times

The new Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” led the pack with 13 nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards, including for best musical, director, actor, score and choreographer, while its chief rival “Matilda” had 12 nominations in many of the same categories. The nominations were announced at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The revival of “Golden Boy” had the most nominations of any play, eight, with the new Tom Hanks play “Lucky Guy” close behind with six nominations. Lead acting nods went to only a handful of the Hollywood stars performing on Broadway this season – Mr. Hanks, Laurie Metcalf, Holland Taylor and Cicely Tyson.

Best Musical Horse Race
The race for best musical may have four nominees – “Bring It On,” “Matilda,” “Kinky Boots,” and “A Christmas Story” – but only two real contenders: “Matilda” and “Kinky Boots,” both song-and-dance shows with large casts that center on an underdog storyline. “Matilda,” created in England and based on a Roald Dahl children’s novel, received the best reviews of the season for a new musical; “Kinky Boots,” created by the Broadway veterans Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Mitchell and based on a 2005 British movie, received slightly more mixed reviews.

Best Score
If Tony nominee Cyndi Lauper wins for best score for the musical “Kinky Boots,” she would become the first woman to ever win solo in the category. Earlier winners Betty Comden, Lynn Ahrens and Lisa Lambert shared Tonys for best score with their songwriting partners. This is Ms. Lauper’s first Tony nomination – indeed, “Kinky Boots” is her first Broadway show – and some producers are already predicting that she will edge out her toughest competition in the category, Tim Minchin, who wrote the score for “Matilda.” The other nominees are the scores for “A Christmas Story” and “Hands on a Hardbody.”

Best Actor and Actress in a Musical
The winners in the lead acting categories for musicals are often hard to predict; the same is true this year, though the contests are relatively easy to define. The best actor race is likely to be between two men in drag: The British actor and Broadway newcome Bertie Carvel, as the sadistic headmistress Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda,” and the New York theater veteran Billy Porter as the drag queen Lola in “Kinky Boots.” If there’s a dark horse in the field, it’s Stark Sands, who plays the straight man Charlie in “Kinky Boots.”

Among the dozen or so musicals in contention for nominations, only four received a sizable number: The new shows “Kinky Boots” (13) and “Matilda” (12) and the revivals “Pippin” (10) and “Cinderella” (9). Meanwhile “Motown: The Musical,” the biggest commercial hit among the new shows, was snubbed in the best musical and best actor categories, reflecting the mixed judgments from critics. The Tony Awards ceremony is June 9 on CBS.

Congratz to the cast of “Kinky Boots” and the other nominees!

AP

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