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Kinky Boots and Matilda Top Tony Nominations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cyndi Lauper (Gavin Bond)

A rebel pop-star and a naughty British girl are the big winners of the Tony Award nominations. "Kinky Boots," which was scored by Cyndi Lauper,  has earned a leading 13 nominations, and the British import "Matilda: The Musical" was 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. The play was written by Harvey Fierstein. In a recent interview with WNYC's Soterios Johnson, Lauper said she found her Broadway debut more liberating than recording an album. “Of course it was more freedom than a freaking record company that constantly tells you, ‘You gotta be this or you gotta be that.’” Lauper also spoke recently with On The Media's Brooke Gladstone at WNYC's Greene Space, and you can watch the video here.

Both "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda" will compete for the best musical prize. "Matilda" is a musical adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl and is true to his bleak vision of childhood as a savage battleground. You can read NPR's story about it here.

The actor Tom Hanks, who is making his Broadway debut with "Lucky Man," earned a nod as leading man in a play. "Lucky Man," written by the late Nora Ephron, is about the late Daily News columnist Mike McAlary. In a recent interview with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, Hanks said he was compelled by the role, and also by being back at a familiar place. "wanting to come and do a Broadway show is I think in the DNA of every actor, out there, particularly for one who used to live on 45th st, right around corner from theater," he said.

In addition to Hanks, the leading actor in a play nominees are Nathan Lane for "The Nance," Tracy Letts from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", David Hyde Pierce from "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and Tom Sturridge from "Orphans."

"Kinky Boots" also earned Fierstein a nod for best book, David Rockwell got one for sets, Jerry Mitchell for directing and for choreography, and nominations for its two leading men, Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Annaleigh Ashford earned a featured role nomination.

"Matilda" earned nominations for choreography, Matthew Warchus' directing, Chris Nightingale's orchestrations, best book by Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin for lyrics and songs, and Bertie Carvel for best leading role in a musical.

Some big names snubbed this year were Al Pacino of "Glengarry Glen Ross," Alec Baldwin in "Orphans," Katie Holmes in "Dead Accounts," Bette Midler in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers" and Scarlett Johansson from the revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

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."

For a full list of the nominations, click here.

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George Hoza from Sarasota, Florida

We just returned from two weeks in NYC where we were fortunate (prescient?) enough to have purchased tickets to Kinky Boots, Matilda nd I'll Eat You Last in advance of our visit. While we enjoyed Matilda, we ABSOLUTLEY LOVED Kinky Boots. It should win the Tony for Best Musical hands down. It is the liveliest, most enjoyable Broadway musical that we have seen in many years, perhaps ever. We enjoyed it as much - or more - than The Producers. In a different year, Matilda would have been our choice, but it's not a different year. Unlike The Producers, which did not have much competition when it won 13(?) Tonys, I think that Kinky Boots and Matilda will share the rest of honors this year. Finally, while the critics did rave about Bette Midler and there has been some comment about her not being even nominated, while we found the show and her performance pleasant enough, we were not overwhelmed by it. It was a bit flat to us and the show required too much "insider" knowledge to make it really meaningful to mere show-goers (and not entertainment cognoscente) like ourselves.

May. 01 2013 11:28 AM

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