Two from the Lehigh Valley up for Tony Awards

Ari’el Stachel right plays matchmaker to two shy Israelis played by Rachel Prather and Etai Benson in “The Band’s Visit.”

Taylor Louderman, a veteran of such musicals as "Bring It On The Musical" and "Kinky Boots", earned her first nomination for playing a high school queen bee who is laid low in "Mean Girls".

Meanwhile, Angels in America swept the nominations as well for Best Revival of a Play, Best Original Score, Best Lead Actor (Andrew Garfield), two nominations for Best Featured Actress, Best Scene Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Direction and Best Sound Design.

The best musical revival will likely include "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady", while the best play revival will probably be led by "Angels in America", "Three Tall Women" and "The Iceman Cometh".

A revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic The Iceman Cometh got eight nods, including best actor for double Oscar-winner Denzel Washington. She's been nominated for an Emmy numerous times and won a Career Achievement Award in 2003 from the Costume Designers Guild.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a new play about the grown wizard and his troubled relationship with his teen-aged son, won 10 nominations, including best play and best actor for star Jamie Parker. The shimmering, grown-up musical "The Band's Visit" also earned 11 nods. Those musicals are up for 11 nominations each.

In other revival news, My Fair Lady, Once On This Island, and Carousel are up for Best Revival of a Musical.

Top play nominees may include "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", "The Children", "Meteor Shower", "Farinelli and the King" and "Junk".

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands - Disney's "Frozen", J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants".

Other notable mentions include revivals of Angels in America, Carousel, and The Band's Visit.

The Tony Awards air on CBS June 10.

The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday in NY.

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