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Musical 'Once' leads Tonys with 11 nods

There was something for virtually everyone to smile about on Broadway Tuesday after 30 of 37 shows this season got at least one Tony Award nomination, The Associated Press reports. "Once," the musical based on the low-budget 2006 film about an unlikely romance between a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, earned a leading 11 nominations.

Broadway's most expensive show, the $75 million "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," got only two nominations, for best scenic design and costume.

Two other musicals -- "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" -- each got 10 nominations.

The fall revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" got eight nominations, setting up a faceoff in the best revival category with "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which Sondheim had criticized.

Later this summer, "Once," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Newsies" will compete for best new musical with a surprise entry -- "Leap of Faith," which was ravaged by critics.

The best new play nominees included "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz, "Peter and the Starcatcher" by Rick Elice, and David Ives' "Venus in Fur." Plays that didn't make the cut included Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," Nicky Silver's "The Lyons," David Auburn's "The Columnist" and Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar." With no nominations for "Seminar," producers said they would end performances after Sunday.

Among the most conspicuous big-name omissions were Ricky Martin, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Stacy Keach and Tyne Daly.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS from Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on June 10.


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