The Chicago actress Carrie Coon also was nominated for her work in "Virginia Woolf."
"Kinky Boots," which tried out in Chicago, had an especially impressive haul of 13 nominations to lead all shows. "Matilda," the British musical from London about a whip-smart little girl with lousy parents but an indomitable spirit, joined "Kinky Boots," "Bring it On" (a surprise) and "A Christmas Story, The Musical" in the category of Best Musical.
"A Christmas Story" also was first seen in Chicago a year prior to its Broadway debut. "Motown The Musical," panned by critics but a box-office hit, was snubbed.
Diane Paulus' revival of "Pippin" found its corner of the Tony sky, joining "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Annie" and "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" in the category of Best Revival of a Musical.
Best New Play nods went to Richard Greenberg's "The Assembled Parties," Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy," and Colm Tobin's "The Testament of Mary." Along with "Virginia Woolf," the Tony Committee singled out the play revivals: "A Trip to Bountiful," "Orphans" and "Golden Boy."
In the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, Letts will compete against
On the Musical side, Billy Porter and Stark Sands of "Kinky Boots" were both nominated, along with Rob McClure ("Chaplin"), Santino Fontana, ("Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella") and Bertie Carvel ("Matilda The Musical").
Nominees in the competitive category of Leading Actress in a Musical were Stephanie J. Block ('The Mystery of Edwin Drood"), Carolee Carmello ("Scandalous"), Valisia LeKae ("Motown The Musical"), Patina Miller ("Pippin") and Laura Osnes ("Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella").
For a full list of nominations go to TonyAwards.com