'SpongeBob,' 'Mean Girls' Lead 2018 Tony Award Nominations


"Cursed Child", a spectacle-laden, two-part.

Leading the nominees are SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and Mean Girls with 12 nominations each.

"The Band's Visit", "Carousel" and "Angels in America" closely follow with 11 nods each.

The 72nd annual Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by Katharine McPhee (Waitress) and Leslie Odom Jr.

The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards are here.

The writers of the very same four shows are up for best book.

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In the biggest category, it looks like an epic showdown is brewing between Tina Fey's Mean Girls, the Broadway musical version of her 2004 comedy movie of the same name, and the kid-friendly SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.

Other best play candidates include "Farinelli and the King", "The Children", "Junk", "Meteor Shower", "Latin History for Morons", "John Lithgow: Stories by Heart" and "The Parisian Woman".

Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" earned a nod for best revival of a play, a category in which it will square off against Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women, " Kenneth Lonergan's "Lobby Hero, " and Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh".

While Shuck was not individually nominated, three cast members received nominations, including Jamie Parker for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.

Hosted by singers Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban - Bareilles a nominee this year and Groban a 2017 nominee - the Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10th, at 8:00 p.m.