'Spring' ahead with 11 Tony noms

Stoppard's 'Utopia,' musical 'Gardens' follow with 10 each

"Spring Awakening" continued its unfettered run through the theater award season last week by garnering 11 Tony nominations, the most of any Broadway production (HR 5/16).

The Steven Sater-Duncan Sheik musical, which combines pop-rock sensibilities with a story set in 19th century Germany, will be considered for best musical, score, book, director, choreography and orchestration as well as for leading actor (Jonathan Groff), featured actor (John Gallagher Jr.) and three design awards.

Right behind with 10 nominations were Tom Stoppard's trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" and the musical "Grey Gardens," which figures to provide the stiffest competition for "Spring." Based on the Maysles brothers' documentary, "Grey" also received noms for best musical, book, score, director and orchestration as well as two acting nominations: Christine Ebersole for leading actress and Mary Louise Wilson for featured actress.

"Coram Boy," the British import by Helen Edmundson, received the second-most nominations among plays but did not receive a nom for best play.

"Radio Golf," the final installment of the late August Wilson's 10-play cycle about the black American experience in the 20th century, received four nominations: best play, scenic design (David Gallo) and two for acting (Anthony Chisolm and John Earl Jelks in the featured actor category).

A complete list of Tony noms is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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