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Biggest nominee: ‘Once,’ with 11

NEW YORK — The low-tech musical “Once,” based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, led all contenders Tuesday with 11 Tony Award nominations.

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 across 30 of 37 eligible shows. Unlike last year’s “The Book of Mormon,” no monster single hit dominated the nominations.

“Once,” with songs by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard, originally was a low-budget movie that earned $20 million, thanks in part to an original score that included the sublime, 2007 Oscar-winning song, “Falling Slowly.”

Broadway’s most expensive show, the $75 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” got only two nominations, for best scenic design and costume.

“Even without a nomination for best musical, we can assure you that the audiences this week will love the show just as much as they did last week,” show spokesman Rick Miramontez said.

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


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