'Mean Girls' and 'Angels in America' Sweep 2018 Tony Award Nominations

Tony Award Nominations 2018: Tina Fey's 'Mean Girls' And 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Lead With 12 Nods

Those shows were also shut out of the best-book category, and neither was eligible for best original score, as both are jukebox musicals: "Margaritaville" is built around the songs of Jimmy Buffett, while "Summer" tells the life story of the late disco queen through her own music.

Lauren Ridloff's starring performance in the Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God" has earned the actress a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. He says you can hear "audible gasps, and sobs".

The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced this morning, and among this year's most nominated productions are the musical adaptation of beloved film Mean Girls, the revival of the Tony Kushner's gay HIV fantasia Angels in America and the gender-bending chorus of SpongeBob SquarePants. Louderman says she's from a small town where "people don't really get out and dream big".

Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants both received 12 nominations each, and Angels in America received 11.

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GREEN I think we are approaching a moment when puppetry, magic and special animal effects will have to get a category.

"Junk" and "Latin History", the two Playhouse-launched plays, are nominated alongside "The Children", "Farinelli and the King" and the likely odds-on favorite, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child".

The best musical revival will likely include "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady", while the best play revival will probably be led by "Angels in America", "Three Tall Women" and "The Iceman Cometh". It now will face "The Children", "Farinelli and The King", "Junk" and "Latin History for Morons" for best new play. Carousel was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical against My Fair Lady and Once on This Island, while Angels in America is up for Best Revival of a Play. While "Hamilton" was nominated for 16 awards in 2016 and went on to win 11, just a year ago "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" earned a leading 12 nominations but got just two technical awards on the big night.

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