Most Tony Nods: Cyndi Lauper-Scored Kinky Boots

Tom Hanks also snags a nomination for 'Lucky Guy'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 30, 2013 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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. 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 crowd-pleaser. Matilda: The Musical 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.

  • 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.
  • Notable actor nominations include Tom Hanks (lead actor in a play, Lucky Guy), Nathan Lane (lead actor in a play, The Nance), David Hyde Pierce (lead actor in a play, Vanya), Laurie Metcalf (lead actress in a play, The Other Place), and Cicely Tyson (lead actress in a play, The Trip to Bountiful).
The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.

This theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast of Matilda The Musical, including Bertie Carvel, right, and Lauren Ward, left, during a performance in New York.
This theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast of "Matilda The Musical," including Bertie Carvel, right, and Lauren Ward, left, during a performance in New York.   (Joan Marcus)
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of Kinky Boots.
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of "Kinky Boots."   (Matthew Murphy)
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows the cast during a performance of the musical Kinky Boots.
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows the cast during a performance of the musical "Kinky Boots."   (Matthew Murphy)
This theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast of Matilda The Musical, during a performance in New York.
This theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast of "Matilda The Musical," during a performance in New York.   (Joan Marcus)
Cyndi Lauper and Kinky Liqueur toast the world premiere of the musical Kinky Boots, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in Chicago.
Cyndi Lauper and Kinky Liqueur toast the world premiere of the musical Kinky Boots, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in Chicago.   (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Kinky Liqueur/AP Images)
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