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2010 Tony Nominations Announced

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The panel of twenty-seven theater professionals met last night on West 47th Street to decide this year’s nominees for the Tony Awards, which honor the best of Broadway in the past year.

Listen to what drama critics Elisabeth Vincentelli and Adam Feldman had to say about this year's picks.

The nominating committee was made up of industry professionals, including producers, performers, set designers and others. Members of the the press were removed as voters on the nominating committee back in July, prompting some concern among Tony-watchers that nominated shows will tend toward commercial productions that have high touring potential, rather than smaller shows that have less mainstream appeal. Members of the New York Drama Critics Circle will be permitted back into the Tony voting pool next year. That group announced the winners of their awards on April 30.

Take a minute to listen to these selected nominees:

Listen to director and choreographer Bill T. Jones discuss the arrival of his Broadway musical Fela! Chistopher Walken chats about A Behanding In Spokane and why he's always the bad guy. The director of Best Musical nominee Memphis examines 1950's underground dance clubs with Best Lead Actor in a Musical nominee Chad Kimball. Indie-pop rockers Green Day hint at the best way to enjoy Best Musical nominee American Idiot. Best Lead Actress in a Musical nominee Karine Plantadit gets passionate about prepping for her Come Fly Away performances. And Sean Hayes discusses stepping up for his role in Promises, Promises.

This year's nominees include:

Best Play
"In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play" - Author: Sarah Ruhl
"Next Fall" - Author: Geoffrey Nauffts
"Red" - Author: John Logan
"Time Stands Still" - Author: Donald Margulies
Best Musical
"American Idiot"        
"Million Dollar Quartet"        

Best Book of a Musical
"Everyday Rapture:" - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott    
"Fela!" - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones    
"Memphis" - Joe DiPietro    
"Million Dollar Quartet" - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux  

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
"The Addams Family" - Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa    
"Enron" - Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble    
"Fences" - Music: Branford Marsalis    
"Memphis" - Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan  

Best Revival of a Play
"Lend Me a Tenor"    
"The Royal Family"        
"A View from the Bridge"        

Best Revival of a Musical
"Finian's Rainbow"    
"La Cage aux Folles"        
"A Little Night Music"    

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jude Law - "Hamlet"    
Alfred Molina - "Red"    
Liev Schreiber - "A View from the Bridge"    
Christopher Walken - "A Behanding in Spokane"    
Denzel Washington - "Fences"

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis in "Fences"    
Valerie Harper in "Looped"    
Linda Lavin in "Collected Stories"    
Laura Linney in "Time Stands Still"    
Jan Maxwell in "The Royal Family"    

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer in "La Cage aux Folles"    
Sean Hayes in "Promises, Promises"    
Douglas Hodge in "La Cage aux Folles"    
Chad Kimball in "Memphis"    
Sahr Ngaujah in "Fela!"    

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin in "Finian's Rainbow"
Sherie Rene Scott in "Everyday Rapture"    
Montego Glover in "Memphis"    
Christiane Noll in "Ragtime"    
Catherine Zeta-Jones in "A Little Night Music"  

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier in "Race"    
Stephen McKinley Henderson in "Fences"    
Jon Michael Hill in "Superior Donuts"    
Stephen Kunken in "Enron"    
Eddie Redmayne in "Red"    

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia in "In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play"    
Rosemary Harris in "The Royal Family"    
Jessica Hecht in "A View from the Bridge"    
Scarlett Johansson in "A View from the Bridge"    
Jan Maxwell in "Lend Me a Tenor"    

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin in "The Addams Family"    
Robin De Jesús in "La Cage aux Folles"    
Christopher Fitzgerald in "Finian's Rainbow"    
Levi Kreis in "Million Dollar Quartet"    
Bobby Steggert in "Ragtime"  

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook in "Sondheim on Sondheim"     
Katie Finneran in "Promises, Promises"    
Angela Lansbury in "A Little Night Music"    
Karine Plantadit in "Come Fly Away"    
Lillias White in "Fela!"    

Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage in "Red"    
Sheryl Kaller in "Next Fall"    
Kenny Leon in "Fences"    
Gregory Mosher in "A View from the Bridge"    

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley in "Memphis"    
Marcia Milgrom Dodge in "Ragtime"    
Terry Johnson in "La Cage aux Folles"    
Bill T. Jones in "Fela!"    

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford in "Promises, Promises"    
Bill T. Jones in "Fela!"    
Lynne Page in "La Cage aux Folles"    
Twyla Tharp in "Come Fly Away"    

Best Orchestrations
Jason Carr in "La Cage aux Folles"
Aaron Johnson in "Fela!"    
Jonathan Tunick in "Promises, Promises"    
Daryl Waters & David Bryan in "Memphis"    

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty in "The Royal Family"    
Alexander Dodge in "Present Laughter"    
Santo Loquasto in "Fences"    
Christopher Oram in "Red"  


The 2010 Regional Theater Tony award was given to The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. The Center is devoted to developing new plays by emerging playwrights.

The Tony Awards Ceremony will take place on June 13.