(Patrick Healy’s article appeared in the New York Times, 4/30.)

Traditional song-and-dance shows about scrappy underdogs dominated the Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, with four — “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda,” “Bring It On” and “A Christmas Story” — taking every slot in the race for best Broadway musical. Serious fare suffered, with the gritty “Hands on a Hardbody” edged out for best musical and “The Testament of Mary” — a monologue by the mother of Jesus — quickly announcing a closing date after its lead actress, Fiona Shaw, did not receive a Tony nomination.

Hollywood stars faced disappointment too. Bette Midler, in her first Broadway role since “Fiddler on the Roof” in the late 1960s, was passed over for a best actress nomination for the play “I’ll Eat You Last,” despite rave reviews. Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Parsons and Sigourney Weaver also lost out; the producers of “Orphans,” Alec Baldwin’s first project since the television show “30 Rock,” may have erred by not moving him to the featured actor category, where the competition was slimmer. But others did well: Tom Hanks received a best actor nomination for “Lucky Guy,” his Broadway debut.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/theater/theaterspecial/its-kinky-boots-vs-matilda-in-tony-nominations.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&hpw=&adxnnlx=1367465762-S5lZUWxsmzd6yODMX3D7Qw

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