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Ragtime
"Ragtime" danced away with 13 Tony Award nominations

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'Ragtime' leads with 13 Tony nods

May 4, 1998
Web posted at: 1:43 p.m. EDT (1343 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- "Ragtime" raked in the nominations Monday for the 1998 Tony Awards, garnering 13 nods, including one for best musical.

The adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel on turn-of-the-century America had the most nominations of all Broadway contenders. "The Lion King," Disney's stage version of the wildly popular animated movie, gathered 11 nominations, including best musical.

Complete list of nominations

"Side Show" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" were also nominated in the best musical category.

Beauty Queen
"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" was sitting pretty with six nominations overall

The nominations were announced Monday at Sardi's Restaurant in New York. The event was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, along with Peter Gallagher, Bernadette Peters, American Theatre Wing president Isabelle Stevenson and League executive director Jed Bernstein.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall, and broadcast live on PBS and CBS.

"Art" by Yasmina Reza, "Golden Child" by David Henry Hwang, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh and "Freak," a one-man show by John Leguizamo, were nominated for best play.

Richardson
Natasha Richardson recieved a best actress nomination for "Cabaret"

The performers

Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, who play Siamese twins in "Side Show," were both nominated for best lead actress in a musical. Betty Buckley ("Triumph of Love"), Marin Mazzie ("Ragtime"), and Natasha Richardson ("Cabaret") also received nods in the category.

"Ragtime" received two leading actor-musical nominations: Peter Friedman and Brian Stokes Mitchell will face off against Alan Cumming ("Cabaret") and Douglas Sills ("The Scarlet Pimpernel").

Nominations for best actor in a play went to Leguizamo for his work in "Freak," Anthony LaPaglia ("A View from the Bridge"), Richard Briers ("The Chairs"), and Alfred Molina ("Art").

Jane Alexander ("Honour"), Allison Janney ("A View from the Bridge"), Geraldine McEwan ("The Chairs"), and Marie Mullen ("The Beauty Queen of Leenane") were nominated for best actress in a play.

Leguizamo
John Leguizamo, a.k.a. the "Freak," was nominated for best actor in a play

The awards ceremony caps another strong season for Broadway, which has seen increased attendance over the last few years. The League of American Theatres estimates that more than 11.3 million people will have seen a Broadway show during this season, and spent close to $545 million in box office receipts. That would make it the best Broadway season ever.

The Antoinette ("Tony") Perry Awards recognize outstanding plays, musicals, performers and technical accomplishments. Antoinette Perry, who died in 1946, was an actress, director, producer and leader in the American Theater Wing, a service organization founded by theater personnel.

The awards are jointly administered by the American Theater Wing and the League of American Theaters and Producers.

The Tony Awards telecast was split between public and private broadcast for the first time last year, in an attempt to keep the private broadcast relatively short while still broadcasting awards in all categories. The Tony Awards Management Committee has yet to decide which awards will be seen on which broadcast, although it is expected that at least the most prominent awards (best director, best play, best actor, best actress) will air on CBS.

There also will also be a backstage Webcast on Tony Awards Online (www.tonys.org).


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