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2011 Tony Nominees Announced, Book of Mormon Earns Fourteen Nods

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This morning, the nominations for the 2011 Tony Awards were announced by past Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose, and this year’s nominations celebrate an impressive number of LGBT -inclusive shows, roles, and actors.

Leading the pack with a nearly record-breaking fourteen nominations is The Book of Mormon, the satirical religious musical about missionaries who travel to Uganda. In addition to nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, four of the actors have been nominated, including out actor and co-founder of Broadway Impact Rory O’Malley for his role as the closeted gay missionary Elder McKinley. Out director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw also received a nod for Best Choreography and shares a nomination with co-director Trey Parker for Best Direction of a Musical.

Larry Kramer’s HIV/AIDS drama The Normal Heart was nominated for Best Revival of a Play, with Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe sharing a nomination for Best Direction and three of its stars receiving nominations. Out actor Joe Mantello is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, fellow gay actor John Benjamin Hickey received a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, and castmate Ellen Barkin is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play.

The wildly popular Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has been honored with two nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for gay actor Tony Sheldon as performer Bernadette Bassenger.

GLAAD congratulates the creative teams and casts behind these plays and musicals. Tune in on Sunday, June 12, 2011, for the live telecast of the 65th annual Tony Awards on CBS, at 8/7c.

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