Tony Awards nominations: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ lead with 12, ‘Harry Potter’ has 10

Two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — reaped a leading dozen Tony Awards nominations apiece. The tuner that is tipped to win Best Musical, “The Band’s Visit,” had to settle for 11 bids. Among new plays, the British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” earned a whopping 10 nominations. That is twice the haul of its closest rival for Best Play, “Farinelli and the King.”  (See the full list of Tony Awards nominees.)

The first Broadway revival of Tony Kushner‘s Pultizer and Tony-winning two-parter “Angels in America” picked up 11 nominations, including bids for leading man Andrew Garfield and featured players Nathan Lane, Denise Gough and Susan Brown. The remounting of Eugene O’Neill‘s epic “The Iceman Cometh” has eight, including nominations for Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington and David Morse. And the first Broadway production of Edward Albee‘s Pulitzer-winning “Three Tall Women” earned six, including bids for leading lady Glenda Jackson and featured player Laurie Metcalf.

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Likewise, restagings of classic musicals did well. Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s “Carousel” has 11 bids while Lerner and Loewe‘s “My Fair Lady” is at 10. Five of the “Carousel” cast are in contention: leads Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller and featured players Renee Fleming, Alexander Gemignani and Lindsay Mendez. “My Fair Lady” is represented by leads Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton and scene stealers Norbert Leo Butz and Diana Rigg.

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