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Billy Elliot gets 15 nominations for Tony Awards

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 14:46 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London, (ANI): 'Billy Elliot" is heading the list of nominations at the US Tony Awards, with the Broadway production of the British hit musical running for 15 awards at the ceremony on June 7. The musical has picked up nominations for both best musical and best original music for Sir Elton John, while its three young stars are jointly competing for best actor.

The play is pitted against other newcomers 'Shrek", 'Rock of Ages" and 'Next to Normal" for best musical. British filmmaker Stephen Daldry, who also directed the 2000 Oscar-nominated film on which the original West End production is based upon, has been nominated for his direction of the musical.

According to the BBC, other nominations for 'Billy Elliot ' include nods for costumes, scenic design, and other technical categories. Behind the musical is 'Next To Normal", a play about a woman battling mental illness, that has received the most nominations - 11.

Sir Elton, speaking on US television, said the show has "made an incredible impact on my life", and said it had been "an amazing experience".

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