NEW YORK (AP) — 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 each 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 was nominated for lead actor in a musical, "La Cage aux Folles."

"What a thrill to be nominated! The experience of doing this incredible show and working every night with such a talented group of people has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career," Zeta-Jones said Tuesday. "And now to be nominated for a Tony. In my dreams, I couldn't imagine a better way to make my Broadway debut."

Washington said that being on Broadway again — he last appeared in 2005 in "Julius Caesar" — was "like coming home again for me, and sharing a Tony nomination for 'Fences' with so many wonderfully talented people associated with this play makes it seem like one big family reunion."

"Fela!" — nominated for best musical — and "La Cage aux Folles" — nominated for the best musical revival — each received 11 nominations, followed by "Fences" with 10 nods.

Nominated for best play were "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" by Sarah Ruhl; "Next Fall," by Geoffrey Nauffts; "Red," by John Logan; and "Time Stands Still," by Donald Margulies.

Best musical nominations went to Green Day's "American Idiot"; "Memphis"; "Million Dollar Quartet"; and "Fela!"

"I am very proud and humbled by this extraordinary recognition of our work today," said Michael Grandage, artsitic director of Britain's Donmar Warehouse, who was nominated for directing "Red." John Logan's engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation, received seven Tony nominations.

Besides Washington and Law, the actor-play nominees include 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."

Harper, whose play has closed, said the nomination was "bittersweet" because "Looped" had closed. "That was sad and disappointing but boy does this sweeten the pot," she said. "And we have a 10-week commitment in Toronto. So there is an afterlife for the play, and that's exciting."

The 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."

Scott, also nominated with Dick Scanlan for best book of a musical for "Everyday Rapture," got the news Tuesday from her husband and she said they had a "celebratory vegetable juice" and soy muffin. What do the nominations mean to her?

"That I have to be forced to wear dresses, that's what this means," said Scott. "I'm really happy for this one, actually, because we created it from nothing."

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"; 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"; Eddie Redmayne, "Red."

Redmayne said Tuesday that working in New York has been a great experience for a "newbie" British actor.

"From the beginning, I felt a sort of fear of being an impostor, of being a Brit bringing a New York play to New York," he said. "The way it's been embraced by people has been completely overwhelming."

Nominees for featured actor in a musical were: Kevin Chamberlin, "The Addams Family"; Robin De Jesus, "La Cage aux Folles";

Christopher Fitzgerald, "Finian's Rainbow"; Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet"; Bobby Steggert, "Ragtime."

Nominees for featured actress in a musical were: Barbara Cook, "Sondheim on Sondheim"; Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises";

Angela Lansbury, "A Little Night Music"; Karine Plantadit, "Come Fly Away"; Lillias White, "Fela!"

"I am honored but also I am humbled, because it showed that we are ready for evolution," said Plantadit. "The show is being recognized by our nominations for us pushing forward dance into a new arena."

Twyla Tharp, who choreographed and conceived the dance musical "Come Fly Away," set to Frank Sinatra songs, competes for best choreography with Rob Ashford, "Promises, Promises"; Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"; and Lynne Page, "La Cage aux Folles."

Special Tony Awards for lifetime achievement were given to playwright Alan Ayckbourn ("The Norman Conquests," a trilogy of three plays that won the best play revival Tony last year), and actress Marian Seldes ("A Delicate Balance," ''Three Tall Women," ''Tiny Alice").

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., will receive the regional theater award.

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

Here are the nominations for the 2010 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards:

BEST PLAY: "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," ''Next Fall," ''Red," ''Time Stands Still."

BEST MUSICAL: "American Idiot," ''Fela!" ''Memphis," ''Million Dollar Quartet."

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: "Everyday Rapture," ''Fela!" ''Memphis," ''Million Dollar Quartet."

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATER: "The Addams Family," ''Enron," ''Fences," ''Memphis."

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: "Fences," ''Lend Me a Tenor," ''The Royal Family," ''A View From the Bridge,"

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: "Finian's Rainbow," ''La Cage aux Folles," ''A Little Night Music," ''Ragtime."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Jude Law, "Hamlet"; Alfred Molina, "Red"; Liev Schreiber, "A View From the Bridge"; Christopher Walken, "A Behanding in Spokane"; Denzel Washington, "Fences."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, "Fences"; Valerie Harper, "Looped"; Linda Lavin, "Collected Stories"; Laura Linney, "Time Stands Still"; Jan Maxwell, "The Royal Family."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kelsey Grammer, "La Cage aux Folles"; Sean Hayes, "Promises, Promises"; Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"; Chad Kimball, "Memphis"; Sahr Ngujah, "Fela!"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Kate Baldwin, "Finian's Rainbow"; Montego Glover, "Memphis"; Christiane Noll, "Ragtime"; Sherie Rene Scott, "Everyday Rapture"; Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: David Alan Grier, "Race"; Stephen McKinley Henderson, "Fences"; Jon Michael Hill, "Superior Donuts"; Stephen Kunken, "Enron"; Eddie Redmayne, "Red."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A 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," Jan Maxwell, "Lend Me a Tenor."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kevin Chamberlin, "The Addams Family"; Robin De Jesus, "La Cage aux Folles"; Christopher Fitzgerald, "Finian's Rainbow"; Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet," Bobby Steggert, "Ragtime."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Barbara Cook, "Sondheim on Sondheim"; Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises"; Angela Lansbury, "A Little Night Music"; Karine Plantadit, "Come Fly Away"; Lillias White, "Fela!"

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: John Lee Beatty, "The Royal Family"; Alexander Dodge, "Present Laughter"; Santo Loquasto, "Fences"; Christopher Oram, "Red."

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, "Fela!"; Christine Jones, "American Idiot"; Derek McLane, "Ragtime"; Tim Shortall, "La Cage aux Folles."

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Martin Pakledinaz, "Lend Me a Tenor"; Constanza Romero, "Fences"; David Zinn, "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)"; Catherine Zuber, "The Royal Family."

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, "Fela!"; Santo Loquasto, "Ragtime"; Paul Tazewell, "Memphis"; Matthew Wright, "La Cage aux Folles."

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, "Hamlet"; Neil Austin, "Red"; Mark Henderson, "Enron"; Brian MacDevitt, "Fences."

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, "American Idiot"; Donald Holder, "Ragtime"; Nick Richings, "La Cage aux Folles"; Robert Wierzel, "Fela!"

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Acme Sound Partners, "Fences"; Adam Cork, "Enron"; Adam Cork, "Red"; Scott Lehrer, "A View From the Bridge."

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Jonathan Deans, "La Cage aux Folles"; Robert Kaplowitz, "Fela!"; Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, "A Little Night Music"; Dan Moses Schreier, "Sondheim on Sondheim."

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, "Red"; Sheryl Kaller, "Next Fall"; Kenny Leon, "Fences"; Gregory Mosher, "A View From the Bridge."

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Christopher Ashley, "Memphis"; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, "Ragtime"; Terry Johnson, "La Cage aux Folles"; Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Rob Ashford, "Promises, Promises"; Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"; Lynne Page, "La Cage aux Folles"; Twyla Tharp, "Come Fly Away."

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Jason Carr, "La Cage aux Folles"; Aaron Johnson, "Fela!" Jonathan Tunick, "Promises, Promises"; Daryl Waters and David Bryan, "Memphis."

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SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER: Alan Ayckbourn and Marian Seldes.

REGIONAL THEATER TONY AWARD: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD: David Hyde Pierce.

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER: B.H. Barry and Tim Viola.

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