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Butz told his 14-year-old daughter about the nomination after she got home from school. “She’s thrilled,” he said. “She said, ‘Dad, maybe this time I can come.’ She’s trying to bribe me into coming to the ceremony. I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just take it a day at a time.’”

Redgrave faces competition in the leading actress category from Nina Arianda from “Born Yesterday,” Frances McDormand in “Good People,” Lily Rabe from “The Merchant of Venice” and Hannah Yelland in “Brief Encounter.”

The category for best featured actress in a musical will contain Laura Benanti from “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Tammy Blanchard in “How to Succeed,” Victoria Clark of “Sister Act,” Patti LuPone, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and Nikki M. James for “Mormon.”

The good news came on a special day for James: Tuesday was also the 12th anniversary of her father’s death. “It’s sort of a bittersweet moment but I bet he has something to do with it. It feels almost like kismet,” she said.

Clark learned she had won a nomination while walking her dog, which was appropriate since she was also walking her dog when she found out she’d gotten the part of Mother Superior in “Sister Act.”

“I always get important phone calls when I’m walking the dog,” she said.

Blanchard said she started shaking and crying when she got the news. “You spend your whole life as an actress as some kind of gypsy woman, facing rejection,” she said. “Just waiting for months _ sometime years _ for that special role.”

The Cole Porter comedy “Anything Goes” was nominated for nine awards, including best revival (with “How to Succeed” _ the only shows nominated in the category) and best leading actress for Sutton Foster, who faces Patina Miller for “Sister Act,” Donna Murphy from “The People in the Picture” and Beth Leavel for “Baby It’s You!” Foster, who already has a Tony, found out she had earned her fifth nomination by getting several text messages while still in bed. She has little time to enjoy the moment, though, as she was preparing for Tuesday night’s performance. “It never stops,” she said, laughing.

Miller, who stepped into Whoopi Goldberg’s role from the 1992 movie, said “Sister Act” is close to her heart. “It was meant for me,” she said. “I hoped and prayed I would get the opportunity. So when the opportunity came, I just went with it.”

The category for best actor in a play has Pacino, Brian Bedford in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Bobby Cannavale in “The Motherf–- With the Hat,” Joe Mantello in “The Normal Heart” and Mark Rylance in “Jerusalem.”

Bedford, who plays the fearsome Lady Bracknell in the Oscar Wilde comedy, had one small regret _ that he also didn’t pick up a nomination for best director. “But that seems a bit greedy,” he said with a laugh.

Instead, director nods went to Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris for “War Horse,” Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe for “The Normal Heart,” Anna D. Shapiro for “The Motherf–- With the Hat” and Daniel Sullivan for “The Merchant of Venice.”

Best director nominations in a musical went to Rob Ashford for “How to Succeed,” Marshall for “Anything Goes,” Nicholaw and Parker for “Mormon,” and Susan Stroman for “The Scottsboro Boys.”

Playwright Larry Kramer, whose “The Normal Heart” won five nominations, including for best play revival, acknowledged that the success of the AIDS play surprised even him. A reading in February that led to the Broadway run struck everyone with its timeliness, even though it was written in the 1980s.

“I’m very moved that it moved so many people,” he said.

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