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‘Pippin’ gets 10 Tony Award nominations

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Patina Miller stars in "Pippin"on Broadway.

The American Repertory Theater’s circus-themed production of “Pippin’’ was nominated Tuesday for a Tony Award for best revival of a musical, one of an impressive 10 nominations the show received.

Only “Kinky Boots,’’ with 13, and “Matilda the Musical,’’ with 12, received more Tony nominations than “Pippin.’’ Close behind are “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,’’ with nine nominations, and “Golden Boy,’’ with eight.

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A 1972 musical with a score by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, “Pippin’’ opened last week on Broadway. It premiered in January, after weeks of previews, at the ART’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

ART artistic director Diane Paulus, who helms “Pippin,’’ was nominated for a Tony Award for best direction of a musical. Patina Miller, who portrays the Leading Player in “Pippin,’’ was nominated for best leading actress in a musical, and Andrea Martin, who plays Pippin’s grandmother Berthe, got a nod for best featured actress in a musical.

Terrence Mann, who plays Charles, was nominated for best featured actor in a musical. Nods also went to Chet Walker for best choreography, Scott Pask for best scenic design, Dominique Lemieux for best costume design, Kenneth Posner for best lighting design, and Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm for best sound design.

The acrobatic “Pippin,’’ whose circus routines were devised by Gypsy Snider of Les 7 Doigts de la Main, will compete against “Annie,’’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’’ and “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’’ in the best musical revival category.

It was announced last week that the Huntington Theatre Company will receive the 2013 Regional Theatre Award at the Tony Awards ceremony, which takes place at Radio City Music Hall on June 9. The Huntington, headed by artistic director Peter DuBois and managing director Michael Maso, was saluted in the announcement by the Tony Awards Administration Committee for its support of new plays and emerging playwrights.

Movie star Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut in “Lucky Guy,’’ was nominated for best actor in a play. Hanks will contend against fellow nominees Nathan Lane for “The Nance,’’ Tracy Letts for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’’ David Hyde Pierce for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’’ and Tom Sturridge, for “Orphans.’’

(Some other big names did not fare as well as Hanks: Al Pacino was not nominated for “Glengarry Glen Ross,’’ and neither were Scarlett Johansson for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’’ or Bette Midler for “I’ll Eat You Last.’’)

The contenders for best actress in a play are Cicely Tyson for “The Trip to Bountiful,’’ Laurie Metcalf for “The Other Place,’’ Amy Morton for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’’ Kristine Nielsen for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’’ and Holland Taylor for “Ann.’’

In the category of best musical, the contenders are “Kinky Boots,’’ “Matilda the Musical,’’ “Bring It On: The Musical,’’ and “A Christmas Story: The Musical.’’ The nominees for best play are “Lucky Guy,’’ by the late Nora Ephron; “The Assembled Parties,’’ by Richard Greenberg; “The Testament of Mary,’’ by Colm Toibin; and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’’ by Christopher Durang. Nicholas Martin, former artistic director of the Huntington, was also nominated for best direction of a play for “Vanya.”

Miller, of “Pippin,’’ will compete for the Tony for best leading actress in a musical against Stephanie J. Block for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’’ Carolee Carmello for “Scandalous,’’ Valisia LeKae for “Motown the Musical,’’ and Laura Osnes for “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.’’ Nominees for best leading actor in a musical are Santino Fontana for “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,’’ Rob McClure for “Chaplin,’’ Bertie Carvel for “Matilda the Musical,’’ and Billy Porter and Stark Sands, both for “Kinky Boots.’’

Playwright Larry Kramer (“The Normal Heart’’) will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award for his work in cofounding Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York by Sutton Foster, winner of two Tony Awards, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell on ABC’s “Modern Family.’’

The Tony Awards are presented by the nonprofit American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, a trade association of producers.

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe
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