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Spamalot reaps show nominations
Hank Azaria (l), David Hyde Pierce and Tim Curry (r) in Spamalot
Spamalot has been one of Broadway's hottest tickets
Monty Python musical Spamalot has picked up 12 Drama Desk nominations, honouring the best in New York theatre.

Based on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film, the show has had largely rave reviews since opening on Broadway in March.

Romantic musical The Light in the Piazza received 11 nominations from the organisation of theatre critics.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Broadway star Harvey Fierstein on 22 May.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the hit movie comedy starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, was named in 10 categories, including best musical.

The best musical shortlist features Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz and The Audience.

Early closure

British playwright Michael Frayn's Democracy has been nominated in the best play category, alongside The Pillowman, Sin (A Cardinal Deposed), Doubt and Pentecost.

David Hyde Pearce, best-known for playing Niles in Frasier, and Hank Azaria, a voice of The Simpsons, were both nominated for best musical actor for Spamalot.

Christiana Applegate's turn in Sweet Charity has been recognised, although she pulled out of the show with injury. The musical eventually closed before beginning its Broadway run.

Among the nominations for best actor in a play were Adam Arkin for Brooklyn Boy, Bill Irwin for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and John Turturro for Souls of Naples.

On the actress in a play shortlist were Kathleen Turner for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Laura Linney for Sight Unseen and Frances Sternhagen for Echoes of War.

British comic Dave Gorman has been nominated in the solo performance category for his Googlewhack Adventure show, alongside Barry Humphries, Billy Crystal and Jackie Mason.

The Drama Desk, founded in 1949, honours both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

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