Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK: The Cyndi Lauper-scored Kinky Boots earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import Matilda: The Musical close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.

Kinky Boots is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper’s songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.

“I walked my dog early this morning so I’d be back in time to listen to the announcement. It’s so great. It’s so great. I’m done crying a little bit. But I’m still thrilled and a little stunned,” said Lauper, who is making her Broadway debut as a musical writer.

Lucky Guy, the late Nora Ephron’s portrait of Mike McAlary, a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing that a Haitian immigrant had been sodomized by police officers in 1997, got six nominations, including one for Hanks as McAlary.

Matilda: The Musical is a witty musical adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl and is true to his bleak vision of childhood as a savage battleground.

Both Kinky Boots and Matilda will compete for the best musical prize with the acrobatic Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story, The Musical, adapted from the beloved holiday movie.

Among the flurry of nominations, Kinky Boots also earned Fierstein a nod for best book, David Rockwell got one for sets, Jerry Mitchell for both directing and for choreography, and nominations for its two leading men, Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Annaleigh Ashford earned a featured role nomination.

Matilda earned nominations for choreography, Matthew Warchus’ directing, Chris Nightingale’s orchestrations, best book by Dennis Kelly, Tim Minchin for lyrics and songs, and Bertie Carvel for best leading role in a musical.

The best play nominees were The Assembled Parties, Lucky Guy, The Testament of Mary and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Carrie Coon, who graduated in 1999 from Copley High School and was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame in 2009, was nominated for best performance by a featured actress in a play for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?