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Next Fall Among LGBT-Inclusive Tony Award Nominees

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This morning, the nominations for the 2010 Tony Awards were announced, and feature several LGBT actors, as well as several plays and musicals that feature LGBT themes.

Included in the nominations for Best Play is Geoffrey Naufft's Next Fall, which is a moving story about a gay couple struggling with their opposing views on religion. An interesting mix of comedy and drama, Next Fall follows a unique relationship between Luke, an Evangelical Christian and Adam, an atheist, and how their  unique experiences allow them to forge a relationiship that transcends their divergent faiths.

Also LGBT-inclusive is the Broadway classic La Cage Aux Folles, which is nominated in the Best Revival of a Musical category. Openly gay actor Robin De Jesus was nominated in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor category for his role as Jacob, the family's gay servant. A critically-acclaimed hit, La Cage Aux Folles was groundbreaking at the time of its original release and paved the way for LGBT representations in theatre.

Will Next Fall, which follows the lives of a gay couple with different faiths, win a Tony?

Other LGBT actors nominated include gay actor and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes who is nominated in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his performance in Promises, Promises and gay actor Levi Kreis who is nominated in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical category for his role in Million Dollar Quartet.

Nominated for Best Musical is American Idiot, an adaptation of the best-selling album by punk band Green Day, which features bisexual front man Billie Joe Armstrong.

Gay actor David Hyde Pierce will be receiving the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which honors an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.

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