Washington, Zeta-Jones among Tony nominees

Star wattage will burn bright at the 2010 Tony Awards with Denzel Washington, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kelsey Grammer among those receiving nominations Tuesday.

Washington and Law were cited for best actor performances in "Fences" and "Hamlet," respectively. Zeta-Jones was nominated for best performance by a leading actress in a musical, "A Little Night Music," and Grammer for lead actor in a musical, "La Cage aux Folles."

"In my dreams, I couldn't imagine a better way to make my Broadway debut," Zeta-Jones said Tuesday.

Besides Washington and Law, the actor-play nominees are Alfred Molina , "Red"; Liev Schreiber , "A View From the Bridge"; and Christopher Walken , "A Behanding in Spokane."

In the actress-play category, the nominees were Viola Davis , "Fences"; Valerie Harper , "Looped"; Linda Lavin , "Collected Stories"; Laura Linney , "Time Stands Still"; and Jan Maxwell , "The Royal Family."

Performers competing with Zeta-Jones for the actress-musical prize were Kate Baldwin , "Finian's Rainbow"; Montego Glover , "Memphis"; Sherie Rene Scott , "Everyday Rapture"; and Christiane Noll , "Ragtime."

Besides Grammer, the actor-musical nominees were Sean Hayes , "Promises, Promises"; Douglas Hodge , "La Cage aux Folles"; Chad Kimball , "Memphis"; and Sahr Ngujah , "Fela!"

Nominees for featured actress in a play: Maria Dizzia , "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play"; Rosemary Harris , "The Royal Family"; Jessica Hecht , "A View From the Bridge"; Scarlett Johansson , "A View From the Bridge"; and Jan Maxwell , "Lend Me a Tenor."

"It has been a dream come true to be a part of the Broadway community," Johansson said. "I am deeply honored to be nominated and so proud to have been a part of this extraordinary production."

Featured actor in a play nominees included David Alan Grier , "Race"; Stephen McKinley Henderson , "Fences"; Jon Michael Hill , "Superior Donuts"; Stephen Kunken , "Enron"; and Eddie Redmayne , "Red."

Winners will be announced June 13 during a ceremony televised by CBS from Radio City Music Hall.

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