’Once’ leads Tony Award nominations with 11 nods

In this theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Steve Kazee, left, and Cristin Milioti are shown in a scene from "Once," in New York. The production was nominated for a Tony Award for best musical, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK – The low-tech musical “Once” based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician and vacuum cleaner repairman in Dublin got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday.

Two other musicals – “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – each got 10 nominations as the Tony committee spread the wealth.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play about the origins of Peter Pan, earned nine nominations and the revival of “Follies” and the new Disney musical “Newsies” got eight nods each.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS from the Beacon Theatre on June 10. Neil Patrick Harris, the star of “How I Met Your Mother,” will be the host.

Online: http://www.TonyAwards.com