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Danny Woods
May 2, 2018

Singer and actress Katharine McPhee has poked fun at her inability to pronounce SpongeBob SquarePants while announcing the nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards.

The Best Play nominations include The Children, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Junk, and Fairnelli and the King.

But neither landed a spot in the marquee best-musical field, which mustered only four productions for 2018: "The Band's Visit", "Frozen", "Mean Girls" (directed by the San Diego-bred Casey Nicholaw) and "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical".

One surprise was the relatively few nominations for Disney's "Frozen" - three, for best original score, best book and best musical.

SpongeBob was also nominated for Best Lighting Design (hardly surprising, seeing as it takes place in the animated, madcap ocean bed of Bikini Bottom) as well as for Best Leading Actor. Both shows were given 12 nods each. Also nominated are Harry Hadden-Paton of My Fair Lady, Joshua Henry of Carousel, and Tony Shalhoub of The Band's Visit.

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"The Band's Visit", "Carousel" and "Angels in America" closely follow with 11 nods each. The show also received a Best Featured Actor nomination for out gay actor Nathan Lane's performance. Donald Holder, who graduated from the University of ME, was nominated for his lighting design for the musical for "My Fair Lady".

The best play revival category is filled by "Angels in America", "Three Tall Women", "Lobby Hero", "Travesties" and "The Iceman Cometh". In addition to Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo's other solo shows have included the Tony-nominated Freak as well as Sexaholix, Ghetto Klown, Spic-O-Rama and Mambo Mouth.

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The awards will be presented by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban on June 10.

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