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Tony Award nominations may have a British accent

Tuesday - 4/30/2013, 8:52am  ET

This theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast of "Matilda The Musical," including Bertie Carvel, right, and Lauren Ward, left, during a performance in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two leading contenders for Tony Award nominations may make the race a drag this year.

"Kinky Boots" and "Matilda" -- each of which is led by a man dressed as a woman -- are virtual locks to get best musical Tony nods Tuesday morning.

The nominations will be announced by Tony-winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

In "Matilda," British actor Bertie Carvel plays a brutal headmistress, while Billy Porter is a drag queen in "Kinky Boots."

Other contenders for the best musical prize include "Bring It On: The Musical," ''Motown: The Musical," ''Hands on a Hardbody" and "A Christmas Story, The Musical."

Leading contenders for best play are "The Assembled Parties," ''The Other Place" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."



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