The nominees for the 64th annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning at Lincoln Center by the American Theatre Wing, and the nominees reflect the star-studded casts of this season's Broadway productions.
Nominees for a leading actor in a play were plucked from Hollywood with Denzel Washington for Fences, Jude Law in Hamlet, Alfred Molina as artist Mark Rothko in Red, Liev Schreiber in the revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, and Christopher Walken in Martin McDonaugh's A Behanding in Spokane.
Scarlett Johansson is nominated for the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for A View from the Bridge, and in the same category for a musical, Catherine Zeta-Jones was nominated for A Little Night Music.
The top plays, receiving 11 nominations each, were the highly praised musical Fela! about Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti directed by Tony winner Bill T. Jones and a rousing revival of La Cage Aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and British actor Douglas Hodge, who received an Olivier Award for the London production.
Fela! is co-produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Alicia Keys. Elton John got a nod for producing a Best Play candidate, Next Fall.
Also up for Best musical is American Idiot, adapted from rock band Green Day's album by the Berkley Repertory Theater.
Other actress nominees include Viola Davis ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) for the revival of August Wilson's Fences, which received 10 nominations, Valerie Harper as the late legend Tallulah Bankhead in Looped, and Laura Linney in Time Stands Still.
Other actors who performed on the New York stage this past year include Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Silverstone, and Sienna Miller.
The Tony Awards will be televised June 13 from Radio City Music Hall on CBS in the US.