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'Wicked' Awesome

Here are the Tony nominations. ''Wicked'' leads with 10 nods, followed by ''Assassins'' with seven and four plays with six

Expect a ''Wicked'' good time at the 58th annual Tony awards on June 6. ''Wicked,'' a musical prequel to ''The Wizard of Oz,'' used its witches' brooms to sweep up 10 nominations, the most of any Broadway show this year, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress nods for its good witch/bad witch leads, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

The revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical ''Assassins,'' about a rogues' gallery of presidential shooters, earned seven nods, including Best Revival of a Musical. Four shows followed with six nominations each: puppet musical ''Avenue Q,'' Civil Rights-era musical ''Caroline, or Change,'' the revival of ''Fiddler on the Roof,'' and the revival of Shakespeare's ''Henry IV.'' The revival of ''Wonderful Town'' scored five nods, and even ''Taboo,'' the Rosie O'Donnell/Boy George musical flop, earned four nods.

Hugh Jackman, who was king of the movie box office this weekend with the blockbuster opening of ''Van Helsing,'' scored a nomination for his starring role as entertainer Peter Allen in ''The Boy From Oz,'' which scored five nods altogether. He'll host the awards ceremony next month, for the second year in a row.

Among straight plays, this year's Pulitzer Prize winner ''I Am My Own Wife'' is squaring off against last year's Pulitzer winner, ''Anna in the Tropics,'' for Best Play. The revival of ''Raisin in the Sun'' earned four nominations, but alas, none for its star, Broadway rookie Sean ''P. Diddy'' Combs.

The nominations were announced Monday morning at Broadway's Hudson Theater by a panel of New York actors and performers, many of them past Tony nominees and winners, including Edie Falco, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski, John Leguizamo, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Paul Rudd, and Cyndi Lauper, as well as fashion designer Kenneth Cole and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A partial list of nominees follows:

Best Play
''Anna in the Tropics,'' Nilo Cruz
''Frozen,'' Bryony Lavery
''I Am My Own Wife,'' Doug Wright
''The Retreat from Moscow,'' William Nicholson

Best Musical
''Avenue Q''
''The Boy from Oz''
''Caroline, or Change''
''Wicked''

Best Book of a Musical
''Wicked, '' Winnie Holzman
''Caroline, or Change,'' Tony Kushner
''The Boy from Oz,'' Martin Sherman (book), Nick Enright (original book)
''Avenue Q,'' Jeff Whitty

Best Original Score
''Taboo,'' Boy George
''Avenue Q,'' Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
''Wicked,'' Stephen Schwartz
''Caroline, or Change,'' Jeanine Tesori (music), Tony Kushner (lyrics)

Best Revival of a Play
''Henry IV
''Jumpers''
''King Lear''
''A Raisin in the Sun''

Best Revival of a Musical
''Assassins''
''Big River''
''Fiddler on the Roof''
''Wonderful Town''

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, ''Jumpers''
Kevin Kline, ''Henry IV''
Frank Langella, ''Match''
Jefferson Mays, ''I Am My Own Wife''
Christopher Plummer, ''King Lear''

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eileen Atkins, ''The Retreat from Moscow''
Tovah Feldshuh, ''Golda's Balcony''
Anne Heche, ''Twentieth Century''
Swoosie Kurtz, ''Frozen''
Phylicia Rashad, ''A Raisin in the Sun''

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Hunter Foster, ''Little Shop of Horrors''
Hugh Jackman, ''The Boy from Oz''
Alfred Molina, ''Fiddler on the Roof''
Euan Morton, ''Taboo''
John Tartaglia, ''Avenue Q''

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, ''Wicked''
Stephanie D'Abruzzo, ''Avenue Q''
Idina Menzel, ''Wicked''
Donna Murphy, ''Wonderful Town''
Tonya Pinkins, ''Caroline, or Change''

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Tom Aldredge, ''Twentieth Century''
Ben Chaplin, ''The Retreat from Moscow''
Aidan Gillen, ''The Caretaker''
Omar Metwally, ''Sixteen Wounded''
Brian F. O'Byrne, ''Frozen''

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Essie Davis, ''Jumpers''
Sanaa Lathan, ''A Raisin in the Sun''
Margo Martindale, ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof''
Audra McDonald, ''A Raisin in the Sun''
Daphne Rubin-Vega, ''Anna in the Tropics''

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
John Cariani, ''Fiddler on the Roof''
Michael Cerveris, ''Assassins'
Raúl Esparza, ''Taboo''
Michael McElroy, ''Big River''
Denis O'Hare, ''Assassins''

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Beth Fowler, ''The Boy from Oz''
Isabel Keating, ''The Boy from Oz''
Anika Noni Rose, ''Caroline, or Change''
Jennifer Westfeldt, ''Wonderful Town''
Karen Ziemba, ''Never Gonna Dance''

Best Direction of a Play
Doug Hughes, ''Frozen''
Moises Kaufman, ''I Am My Own Wife''
David Leveaux, ''Jumpers''
Jack O'Brien, ''Henry IV''

Best Direction of a Musical
Joe Mantello, ''Assassins''
Kathleen Marshall, ''Wonderful Town''
Jason Moore, ''Avenue Q''
George C. Wolfe, ''Caroline, or Change''

 
Originally posted May 10, 2004