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Stratford's Jesus Christ Superstar nabs 2 Tony nominations

05/01/2012 10:25 EDT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 EDT

The revival of Jesus Christ Superstar by Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival is in the running for New York's Tony Awards.

Actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the prestigious theatre honour early Tuesday.

Superstar, which was a hit at Stratford in 2011 before moving on to two U.S. runs, picked up a pair of nominations: best revival of a musical and best performance by a featured actor in a musical for Josh Young, who earned widespread praise for his turn as Judas Iscariot.

The Des McAnuff production of Superstar faces competition from Evita, Follies, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in the musical revival category.

Meanwhile, Young — who recently returned to the stage after a bout of laryngitis — faces competition for the featured musical actor trophy from Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Michael Cerveris (Evita), David Allan Grier (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It).

Superstar also earned two Drama Desk nominations last week.

The new musical Once, inspired by the celebrated indie movie musical, earned a leading 11 nominations.

Other top contenders for the New York theatre honour include Newsies, another movie-inspired musical, a controversial Diane Paulus-directed revival The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and the play Peter and the Starcatcher.

The 66th annual Tony Awards gala will be broadcast from Manhattan on June 10.

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