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Monday, 8 May, 2000, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Family affair in Tony shortlist
Rosemary Harris and Jennifer Ehle
Rosemary Harris and Jennifer Ehle: Both on Broadway
British actress Jennifer Ehle lines up against her mother, Rosemary Harris, in the nominations for the 2000 Tony Awards in the US.

The 30-year-old actress - best known for roles in the film This Year's Love and the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice - is nominated as best actress in a play for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing on the New York stage.

Meanwhile, her mother is also on Broadway, shortlisted for Noel Coward's Waiting In The Wings.

Heather Headley and Adam Pascal in Aida
Heather Headley and Adam Pascal in Aida

A revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate - loosely adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew - took most nominations, up for 12 prizes at US theatre's top awards, to be held on 4 June.

Its nominations include best musical revival - in which it faces The Music Man, the eight-times nominated tale of early-20th century Iowa.

Sir Elton John and Tim Rice were nominated for best score for Aida, but it failed to be nominated for best musical - although star Heather Headley was nominated for best actress in a musical.

Instead, Contact, James Joyce's The Dead, Swing!, and The Wild Party will contest the best musical title.

Good news for Suchet

British actor David Suchet is shortlisted for his part in Amadeus, as is Jennifer Ehle's co-star in The Real Thing, Stephen Dillane. Also competing for best actor in a play are Gabriel Byrne for The Real Thing, and Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly for True West.

Along with Ehle and Harris, the other nominees for best actress in a play are Jayne Atkinson for The Rainmaker, Cherry Jones for A Moon For The Misbegotten, and Claudia Shear for Dirty Blonde, a biography of Mae West.

The Tonys
This year's Tonys are the 54th awards, given annually by the American Theater Wing for "distinguished achievement" in the US theatre
They are named after actress Antoinette Perry, who died in 1946 aged 58

Battling it out for best play are Michael Frayn's World War II drama Copenhagen, Dirty Blonde, True West, and Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mount Morgan - which has been criticised by its star, Patrick Stewart.

Among The Wild Party's nominees are Toni Collette (best actress in a musical) and Eartha Kitt (featured actress in a musical).

The nominations were announced by Bebe Neuwirth - a two-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Chicago and Sweet Charity - and Kelsey Grammer, who opens next month in Macbeth.

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