Musical comedy Some Like It Hot leads Tony Award nominations

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Some Like It Hot, a musical adaptation of the cross-dressing movie that starred Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, has waltzed away with 13 Tony Award nominations.

With songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show follows two musician friends who disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band to flee Chicago after witnessing a mob hit.

It has been turned into a sweet, full-hearted embrace of trans rights starring Christian Borle and J Harrison Ghee, both who earned nominations.

Three shows tied with nine nominations each: & Juliet, which reimagines Romeo And Juliet and adds some of the biggest pop hits of the past few decades; New York, New York, which combined two generations of Broadway royalty in John Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda; and Shucked, a surprise lightweight musical comedy studded with corn puns.

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Stark Sands, left, and Betsy Wolfe during a performance of & Juliet (Matthew Murphy/Grapevine Public Relations via AP)

In the best new play category, nominations were distributed to Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, which explores Jewish identity with an intergenerational story, and Fat Ham, James Ijames’ Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set at a black family’s barbecue in the modern South.

The rest of the category is made up of Ain’t No Mo, the short-lived but critically applauded work by playwright and actor Jordan E Cooper, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Between Riverside And Crazy, and Cost Of Living, parallel stories of two caretakers and their respective patients.

Wendell Pierce, who has won a Tony for producing Clybourne Park, earned his first nomination as an actor on Broadway for a blistering revival of Death Of A Salesman and Jessica Chastain, an Oscar-winner for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, got her first Tony nomination for a stripped down version of A Doll’s House.

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Jessica Chastain and Okieriete Onaodowan during a performance of A Doll’s House (Emilio Madrid/DKC/O&M via AP)

Jodie Comer, the three-time Emmy nominated star of Killing Eve, earned a nomination for her Broadway debut in Prima Facie.

Audra McDonald, who has won six Tony Awards, can extend her reign if she beats Comer as best leading actress in a play for Ohio State Murders.

The last slot in the category went to Jessica Hecht, staring in the play Summer, 1976.

Two shows that closed quickly nevertheless picked up nominations — KPOP, which put Korean pop music on Broadway for the first time, and Ain’t No Mo, in which the United States government emails every black citizen with the offer of a free plane ticket to Africa and explores how various personalities respond to the offer.

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Jodie Comer stars in Prima Facie (Helen Murray/The Press Room via AP)

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s frothy and widely panned Bad Cinderella earned zero nominations, as did A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical, a stage biography of the singer-songwriter who has had dozens of top-40 hits.

Two well-received revivals from the late Stephen Sondheim — Sweeney Todd with Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban, and a star-studded Into The Woods – were recognised.

Sweeney Todd received eight nominations including for Groban and Ashford, and Into The Woods earned six, including for Brian d’Arcy James and Grammy Award-winning Sara Bareilles, her third Tony nomination.

Ariana DeBose will host the June 11 awards celebration from New York City’s United Palace theatre live on CBS and on Paramount+. It is her second-straight stint as host.

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