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Musical "Kinky Boots" leads Tony Award nominations with 13 nods [China Economic Information Service (Xinhua)]

April 30, 2013

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Musical "Kinky Boots" leads Tony Award nominations with 13 nods

NEW YORK, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The musical "Kinky Boots" with music by pop star Cyndi Lauper, has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12 nods.

"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. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a popular musical.

"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.

Both will compete for the best musical prize with the acrobatic "Bring It On: The Musical" and "A Christmas Story, The Musical," adapted from the beloved holiday movie.

The best play nominees are Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties," Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy," Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" and Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

Hollywood star Tom Hanks was nominated for best actor in his Broadway debut in the Nora Ephron play "Lucky Guy," which received six nominations, including best play.

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 handed out on June 9.

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