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Elton John's Billy Elliot Is Top Tony Nominee

Originally posted 05/05/2009 09:30AM

Sir Elton John: Get out your tutu. The Rocket Man's musical Billy Elliot, about a British working-class boy's desire to dance, scored an impressive 15 Tony nominations, including best musical, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Billy will compete in the top category with Next to Normal, a brash musical about a mother's nervous breakdown; the pop compendium Rock of Ages; and Shrek the Musical.

Dolly Parton's just-opened 9 to 5 was among those overlooked in the best musical category, though one of its stars, Allison Janney, received a nod in the leading actress race. The lively revival of the '60s tribal rock musical Hair received eight nominations, including best revival.

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