Tom Hanks - Hollywood Stars Take Top Tony Award Nominations
Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Tom Sturridge and Cyndi Lauper are among the stars set for glory at this year's (13) Tony Awards after landing a series of top nominations.
Oscar winner Hanks is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his part in Lucky Guy, and he will go head-to-head with Lane (The Nance), Tracy Letts (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Sturridge (Orphans).
Legendary actress Cicely Tyson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for The Trip to Bountiful, facing competition from Laurie Metcalf (The Other Place), Amy Morton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Holland Taylor (Ann).
Meanwhile, Lauper's hit show Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical bagged the lion's share of Tony nods, including nominations for Best Musical.
The two stage shows will compete for the coveted trophy alongside Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story, The Musical.
Pop star Lauper, who wrote the score for Kinky Boots, has taken to her Twitter.com page to share her excitement, writing, "OmG (Oh my God)! Omg!! Wow we got nominated! I'm crying and jumping up and down! I can't believe it so excited! So proud to be part of this!"
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on 9 June (13) at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City.