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'Mean Girls,' 'SpongeBob' lead Tony nominations; LI's Amy Schumer gets best actress nod

Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, left, Ashley Park

Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, left, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Taylor Louderman as Regina George and Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith in Broadway's "Mean Girls." Credit: Joan Marcus

Pop culture is making waves on Broadway, with "Mean Girls," and "SpongeBob SquarePants" getting the most nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards, announced Tuesday morning by Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr.

The two musicals got 12 nominations each, while "The Band's Visit" and two revivals -- "Angels in America" and "Carousel" -- followed closely with 11. The two-part "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" got 10 nominations, as did the revival of "My Fair Lady."

It wasn't good news for "Frozen," however. The Disney musical got only three nominations -- one for best musical, but its two heavily promoted stars, Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, were not recognized in the acting categories.

Star power continues to be felt on Broadway, with Denzel Washington getting a best actor nomination for his performance in the revival of "The Iceman Cometh," and Rockville Centre-raised Amy Schumer getting a best actress nod for her Broadway debut in Steve Martin's "Meteor Shower." The Tony committee also announced two special Tonys to Bruce Springsteen for his ongoing Broadway show, and to John Leguizamo, whose "Latin History for Morons," which got a best play nomination, for his body of work and "commitment to theater."

Other notable nominations: Glenda Jackson got a best actress in a play nod for Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women," competing with Schumer, Condola Rashad ("Saint Joan") and Lauren Ridloff ("Children of a Lesser God").  Andrew Garfield is up for best actor for "Angels in America," along with Washington, Tom Hollander ("Travesties"), Jamie Parker ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child") and Mark Rylance ("Farinelli and the King").

In a year with only 30 productions in contention (the lowest number in a decade), best actress in a musical is the most competitive category with six nominees: Lauren Ambrose ("My Fair Lady"), Hailey Kilgore ("Once on This Island"), LaChanze ("Summer"), Katrina Lenk ("The Band's Visit"), Taylor Louderman ("Mean Girls") and Jessie Mueller ("Carousel"). Only four nominees will vie for best actor in a musical: Harry Hadden-Paton ("My Fair Lady"), Joshua Henry ("Carousel"), Tony Shalhoub ("The Band's Visit") and Ethan Slater ("SpongeBob SquarePants").

The Tonys will be presented June 10, with Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosting the ceremony to be televised from 8 to 11 p.m. on CBS.

The full list of Tony Award nominees

Best Musical

"The Band's Visit"

"Frozen"

"Mean Girls"

"SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Best Play

"The Children"

"Farinelli and the King"

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two""

"Junk"

"Latin History for Morons"

Best Revival of a Musical

"My Fair Lady'

"Once on This Island"

"Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Best Revival of a Play

"Angels in America"

"Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

"Lobby Hero"

"Travesties"

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Andrew Garfield, "Angels in America"

Tom Hollander, "Travesties"

Jamie Parker, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two""

Mark Rylance, "Farinelli and the King"

Denzel Washington, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Glenda Jackson, "Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women"

Condola Rashad, "Saint Joan"

Lauren Ridloff, "Children of a Lesser God"

Amy Schumer, "Meteor Shower'

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Glenda Jackson, "Edward Albee's Three Tall Women"

Condola Rashad, "Saint Joan"

Lauren Ridloff, "Children of a Lesser God"

Amy Schumer, "Meteor Shower"

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, "My Fair Lady"

Hailey Kilgore, 'Once on This Island'

LaChanze, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical"

Katrina Lenk, "The Band’s Visit"

Taylor Louderman, "Mean Girls"

Jessie Mueller, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Boyle, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Michael Cera, "Lobby Hero"

Brian Tyree Henry, "Lobby Hero"

Nathan Lane, "Angels in America"

David Morse, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Susan Brown, "Angels in America"

Noma Dumezweni, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Deborah Findlay, "The Children"

Denise Gough, "Angels in America"

Laurie Metcalf, "Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women"

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, "My Fair Lady"

Alexander Gemignani, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Grey Henson, "Mean Girls"

Gavin Lee, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Ari’el Stachel, "The Band’s Visit"

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical"

Renée Fleming, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Lindsay Mendez, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Ashley Park, "Mean Girls"

Diana Rigg, "My Fair Lady"

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott,  "Angels in America"

Joe Mantello, "Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women"

Patrick Marber, "Travesties"

John Tiffany, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

George C. Wolfe, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, "Once on This Island"

David Cromer, "The Band’s Visit"

Tina Landau, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Casey Nicholaw, "Mean Girls"

Bartlett Sher, "My Fair Lady"

Best Book of a Musical

"The Band’s Visit," Itamar Moses

"Frozen," Jennifer Lee

"Mean Girls," Tina Fey

"SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical," Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score

"Angels in America"

"The Band’s Visit"

"Frozen"

"Mean Girls"

"SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, "My Fair Lady"

Christopher Gattelli, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Steven Hoggett, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Casey Nicholaw, "Mean Girls"

Justin Peck, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Best Orchestration"

John Clancy, "Mean Girls"

Tom Kitt, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Annmarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin, "Once on This Island"

Jamshied Sharifi, "The Band’s Visit"

Jonathan Tunick, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, "Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women"

Jonathan Fensom, "Farinelli and the King"

Christine Jones, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Santo Loquasto, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, "Angels in America"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, "Once on This Island"

Scott Pask, "The Band’s Visit"

Scott Pask, Finn Ross and Adam Young, "Mean Girls"

Michael Yeargan, "My Fair Lady"

David Zinn, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, "Farinelli and the King"

Nicky Gillibrand, "Angels in America"

Katrina Lindsay, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Ann Roth, "Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women"

Ann Roth, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, "Mean Girls"

Clint Ramos, "Once on This Island"

Ann Roth, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

David Zinn, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Catherine Zuber, "My Fair Lady"

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Paule Constable, "Angels in America"

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Paul Russell, "Farinelli and the King"

Ben Stanton, "Junk"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, "Once on This Island"

Donald Holder, "My Fair Lady"

Brian MacDevitt, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Tyler Micoleau, "The Band’s Visit"

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, "Travesties"

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, "Angels in America"

Gareth Fry, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two"

Tom Gibbons, "1984"

Dan Moses Schreier, "Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh"

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, "The Band’s Visit"

Peter Hylenski, "Once on This Island"

Scott Lehrer, "Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel"

Brian Ronan, "Mean Girls"

Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical"

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Noncompetitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards: John Leguizamo and Bruce Springsteen

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