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In what can only be attributed to a scheduling oversight on the part of the American Theatre Wing, the 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced last week in the midst of Derby fever. 

And why isn’t your favorite Derby Dinner Playhouse production listed in the categories below? You might say that the Tony Awards are the Kentucky Derby of the theatre world. 

Only 3 year old thoroughbreds can run in the Derby—and they only get one shot at the prestigious race, no matter how many years they compete afterwards.

Plays and musicals are the same way. Only productions that opened in Broadway theatres in Manhattan can be nominated—and then, only in their inaugural year, no matter how long they run afterwards.

Lest they be overlooked again, a few items of interest are noted below.

Nominees for Best Musical

The Book of Mormon

Catch me if you Can

The Scottsboro Boys

Sister Act

Nominees for Best Play

Good People

Jerusalem

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

War Horse

Other Nominations of Interest

The 2011 Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 12.

Image: Courtesy of The Book of Mormon

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Before landing in the Possibility City, Michelle toured the country performing in various regional theatres. Having been there and done that, she can honestly say that Louisville's cultural opportunities are second to none.

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