'Matilda,' 'Kinky Boots' garner most Tony nominations

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NEW YORK — A Broadway season filled with Hollywood stars spread the love only so far, with Tony Award nominations going to Tom Hanks, David Hyde Pierce, Cicely Tyson and Keith Carradine.

Snubbed in the process were Bette Midler, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Sigourney Weaver, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain.

The nominees for Tony Awards for the 2012-2013 season were announced Tuesday.

“Kinky Boots” an adaptation of the 2005 movie with new songs by Cyndi Lauper, was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, the most of any show.

“Matilda,” a bittersweet musical about a precocious girl with special powers of imagination, was nominated for 12. It would have matched the 13 for “Boots,” but a special Tony will be awarded to the four young actresses alternating in the title role, making them ineligible for competition.

A circus-themed staging of the 1972 “Pippin” followed with 10 nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.

“Motown,” Berry Gordy’s lavish hagiography featuring the music he produced with the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Jackson Five and others, was not nominated for best musical.

Neither was John Logan’s “I’ll Eat You Last” or its star, Bette Midler, playing agent Sue Mengers. Both shows are playing to full houses.

The nominees for Best Play are the Tom Hanks-starring “Lucky Guy” by Nora Ephron, Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary,” Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” with Sigourney Weaver and Richard Greenberg’s “The Assembled Parties.”

The nominees were decided by a committee of two dozen who work in theater and announced at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Some 750 producers, actors, critics, designers and directors vote to select the winners. They’re named at a June 9 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall broadcast by CBS.

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