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Tony Awards: Mean Girls and Spongebob take the lead

Broadway musicals lead the way with the most nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards.

Mean Girls managed to snag 12 nominations. Tina Fey, who is accredited for writing both versions of the spectacular is nominated for one.

The musical based on the 2004 film features music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin.The first performance hit the stage last year on October 31 at the National Theatre in Washington D.C.

With widespread success, the musical made its way to Broadway opening with seven previews in April 2018. The musical managed to gross nearly $2.6 million during its first two weeks on Broadway.

The high-school-is-a-living-hell theme continues in the musical with three alpha girls governing the social rituals at North Shore High School in Chicago.

High school culture is intensified in the musical with songs like “Where Do You Belong?” a song that good guys Janis and Damian sing to Cady as they take her on a tour of the cafeteria, looking for the right crowd for her.

The cast leads with Erika Henningsen playing Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners and Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith.

SpongeBob tied with mean girls in the lead managing to snatch 12 nominations of their own. The musical premiered in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in June 2016.

Since its opening the stage musical has premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in December 2017.

The show is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with songs by various artists, based on a book by Kyle Jarrow and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.

Rapper T.I and singer John Legend managed to receive nominations for their musical contributions to the play in the category for “Best Original Score.”

Ethan Slater leads the cast in his Broadway debut working alongside a Tony and Grammy award winning team.

SpongeBob and Mean Girls come just ahead of Angels In America, which managed to receive 11 nominations. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, came close behind with 10 nominations.

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. The show will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 10 and will be telecast live on CBS.

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Tatiana Diaz

Tatiana Diaz is a student at Cal State University, Fullerton and a reporter for MUSE. She will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism this Summer. Tatiana has a passion for reporting on fashion, entertainment and pop culture.

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