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Four New Musicals Vie for Top Tony Award

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Four new shows are eligible for the 2014 Best Musical Tony Award. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

Eleven new musicals opened on the Great White Way this past season, starting with the romantic comedy "First Date" and ending with Woody Allen's screen to stage transfer "Bullets Over Broadway."

While both of those shows did not make the cut for the Tonys' Best Musical list, the following shows did.

The heart and soul of The Cotton Club circa the 1920s and 1930s is being brought to life on stage nightly in the revue "After Midnight."

The Duke Ellington musical features an ensemble of dancers, a rotating cast of stars, and a 17-piece band under the helm of jazz great Wynton Marsalis.

The musical received seven nominations this season, including nods for Warren Carlyle's direction and choreography and a third for Adriane Lenox's featured performance.

The 1992 Disney hit film Aladdin went from the big screen to the big stage this season and garnered a total of five nominations.

The musical features music by 2014 Tony nominee Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin—all of whom were recognized for their work as well.

The early years of pop icon Carole King take center stage in the jukebox musical "Beautiful."

The show received seven nominations, including three acting nods—one for Jessie Mueller who plays King, and the other two in the best featured slots for Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector, who play real-life married songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

Finally, the musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" killed it with the Tonys this year, receiving the most nods for any show—10 to be exact. Included in that mix: nominations for two of the show's leading men in the Best Actor category, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham.

The 68th annual Tony Awards will be handed out on Sunday June 8.

NY1 will have our annual live special, "Red Carpet to the Tonys," starting at 6 p.m.

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