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Gay Mormons, Larry Kramer Play Nab Tony Nods

Gay Mormons, Larry Kramer Play Nab Tony Nods

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Gay Mormons, transgender performers, a classic Oscar Wilde comedy, and a landmark drama by Larry Kramer made significant showings as nominations for the 65th annual Tony Awards were announced this morning.

The gay-inclusive The Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made the strongest impression on voters, earning 14 nominations, including best musical, best original score, and one for out actor Rory O'Malley as a closeted missionary for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical.

Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York, copped five nominations for its Broadway debut, following an acclaimed run off-Broadway in the mid 1980s. The play is nominated for best revival and also has acting nominations for Ellen Barkin and out actors John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical adaptation of the cult film, scored two nominations, one for best costume design and another for out actor Tony Sheldon as the transgender Bernadette.

A revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest will vie for three awards, including one for out actor Brian Bedford, who plays dowager Lady Bracknell.

The Scottsboro Boys earned 12 nominations, including best musical and best original score music by John Kander and lyrics by the late Fred Ebb, and best performance by an actor in a featured role for Colman Domingo.

Sister Act, the stage musical adaptation of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy, received five nominations, including best book of a musical for out playwright Douglas Carter Beane (nominated with Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner).

Among the most egregious omissions is a nomination for straight ally Daniel Radcliffe for his largely acclaimed musical debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, from out producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, which received numerous other nominations. Also snubbed was frequent Tony favorite Cherry Jones for her well-received turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession.

A trio of actresses long regarded as iconic figures by the LGBT community garnered acting nominations. Lombardi's Judith Light will compete against La Bete's Joanna Lumley for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play, while Patti LuPone was nominated for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical.

See a full list of nominations here.

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