Two from the Lehigh Valley up for Tony Awards

Read to find out which musicals are leading the ranks for the coveted wins.

Tina Fey's musical "Mean Girls" leads the way with a dozen Tony Award nominations, with a couple of those nominations going to members of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The production has the most nominations along with SpongeBob SquarePants. Both shows were nominated for best play revival.

Angels in America received nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Original Score, Best Lead Actor for Andrew Garfield, two Best Featured Actress nominations (Susan Brown and Denise Gough), Best Scene Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Direction, and Best Sound Design.

Nabbing a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role was Taylor Louderman, who attended UM through her sophomore year before taking a sabbatical after earning a starring role in "Bring It On: The Musical".

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While none of the Best Play nominations were overtly gay, the nominated show Farinelli and the King, about an early 18th century Spanish monarch, does feature a castrati character.

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands - Disney's "Frozen", J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants".

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls are also nominated for Best Original Score along with Angels in America, The Band's Visit, and Frozen.

Jackson, marking a return to Broadway after three decades, was nominated for best actress in a revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" while Washington won a nod for his star turn in "The Iceman Cometh". The show received 11 nominations. Carousel was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical against My Fair Lady and Once on This Island, while Angels in America is up for Best Revival of a Play.

In other revival news, My Fair Lady, Once On This Island, and Carousel are up for Best Revival of a Musical.

  • Carlos Nash