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'In the Heights' Leads Tony Nods

by Michael Kuchwara, AP Drama Writer

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Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'In the Heights'

NEW YORK, New York -- "In the Heights," a lively snapshot of Latino life in Upper Manhattan, received 13 Tony Award nominations, more than any other show for the 62nd Annual Tony Awards. The winners in 26 competitive categories will be announced Sunday, June 15 in a three-hour CBS telecast from Radio City Music Hall.

A lush, lavish revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" took 11 nominations, followed by "Sunday in the Park With George" with nine. Three shows received seven nominations: "August: Osage County," "Passing Strange" and the revival of "Gypsy."

"Heights" was nominated for best musical along with "Passing Strange," the story of one man's journey through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll; "Cry-Baby," a raunchy '50s teenage romance based on the John Waters film; and "Xanadu," a spoof of the '80s disco movie musical.

"August: Osage County," already the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, was nominated for best play along with Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer," Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'n' Roll" and "The 39 Steps" by Patrick Barlow.

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Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood in 'Macbeth'

Actor-play will provide some starry competition with Patrick Stewart, the title character in "Macbeth," going up against Laurence Fishburne in "Thurgood;" Mark Rylance, "Boeing-Boeing;" Ben Daniels, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and Rufus Sewell, "Rock 'n' Roll."

"I am totally, completely shocked and amazed by all of this," said Fishburne, who portrays Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the show. "More than that, I am grateful and truly blessed that every night I get to play one of the most compelling and extraordinary men from the 20th century."

Actress play nominations went to women who play mother and daughter in "August: Osage County"

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2008 Tony Award Nominations
(winners will appear highlighted in red)

Best Play
"August: Osage County"
Author: Tracy Letts
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler, Jerry Frankel, Ostar Productions, Jennifer Manocherian, The Weinstein Company, Debra Black/Daryl Roth, Ronald & Marc Frankel/Barbara Freitag, Rick Steiner/Staton Bell Group, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company


"Rock 'n' Roll"
Author: Tom Stoppard
Producers: Bob Boyett & Sonia Friedman Productions, Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Tulchin/Bartner, Douglas G. Smith, Dancap Productions, Jam Theatricals, The Weinstein Company, Lincoln Center Theater, The Royal Court Theatre London


"The Seafarer"
Author: Conor McPherson
Producers: Ostar Productions, Bob Boyett, Roy Furman, Lawrence Horowitz, Jam Theatricals, Bill Rollnick/Nancy Ellison Rollnick, James D
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