- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) — "Thoroughly Modern Millie," the tale of an ambitious 1920s flapper in search of a wealthy husband, received 11 Tony Awards nominations yesterday, while the fairy tale musical "Into the Woods" and the provocatively titled "Urinetown" got 10.
"Morning's at Seven," the gently nostalgic story of family squabbles, received nine nominations.
Edward Albee's "The Goat"; "Fortune's Fool," an adaptation of a comedy by Ivan Turgenev; "Metamorphoses," taken from the classic myths of Ovid; and "Topdog/Underdog," Suzan-Lori Parks' drama about sibling rivalry, were the nominees for best play.
Nominated as best musical were "Urinetown," where people have to pay to go to the bathroom; the ABBA-inspired "Mamma Mia"; and two musicals based on movies, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and "Sweet Smell of Success."
Competitors in the revival-play category were Noel Coward's "Private Lives," the British farce "Noises Off," Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and "Morning's at Seven."
In the best-actor category, nominees were Alan Bates, "Fortune's Fool"; Billy Crudup, "The Elephant Man"; Liam Neeson, "The Crucible"; Alan Rickman, "Private Lives"; and Jeffrey Wright in "Topdog/Underdog."
Kate Burton received two Tony nominations in the actress category and in featured-actress slot. She was nominated for playing "Hedda Gabler" and for portraying a sympathetic English actress in "The Elephant Man."
Miss Burton's competition for best-actress: Lindsay Duncan, "Private Lives"; Laura Linney, "The Crucible"; Helen Mirren, "Dance of Death"; and Mercedes Ruehl, "The Goat."
Actor-musical nominations went to Gavin Creel, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"; John Cullum, "Urinetown"; John Lithgow, "Sweet Smell of Success"; John McMartin, "Into the Woods," and Patrick Wilson, "Oklahoma."
Two actresses from "Urinetown," Nancy Opel and Jennifer Laura Thompson, will compete against each other for the actress-musical prize, with Sutton Foster, who plays Millie in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"; Louise Pitre in "Mamma Mia"; and Vanessa Williams, who is the witch in "Into the Woods."
In the musical-revival category, the competition will be only between "Oklahoma" and the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine fairy tale musical, "Into the Woods."


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