The 2013 Tony Awards nominees were announced Tuesday morning. The awards show will broadcast live on CBS on June 9. Broadway's finest will pack Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the year in theater.
Among the big winners on Tuesday were the Cyndi Lauper scored "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda: The Musical." "Kinky Boots" earned a leading 13 nominations while "Matilda: The Musical" brought in 12 nominations. In case you were wondering, the record number of nominations for a musical is 15 by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009.
One big name star who was nominated for his work on Broadway was Tom Hanks with a best actor nomination for his role in "Lucky Guy." Going up against Hanks will be Nathan Lane in "The Nance," Tom Sturridge in "Orphans," Tracy Letts in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and David Hyde Pierce in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
The best play nominees are "The Assembled Parties," "Lucky Guy," "The Testament of Mary" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." WOR's Joan Hamburg talked with the New York Times' chief theater critic Ben Brantley Tuesday to discuss all the news surrounding the 2013 Tony Awards nominations. One of the topics covered was Bette Midler's surprising omission from the nominees list. You can listen to the interview below.
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