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Patrick Stewart and Laurence Fishburne Compete for Prestigious Tony Award

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May 14, 2008 | 5:22am EDT

Patrick Stewart and Laurence Fishburne will go head-to-head for the Best Actor award at the annual Tony Awards in New York next month.

The ceremony will see stage actors, directors and performances compete for America's annual top theater awards, which will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg on June 7 at the famous Radio City Music Hall. 

Star Trek legend Stewart and Fishburne have been nominated alongside British actors Ben DanielsMark Rylance and Rufus Sewell.

The female leads battling it out for Best Stage Actress include Eve Best, Deanna Dunagan, Kate FleetwoodS. Epatha Merkerson and Amy Morton.

The coveted Best Play Award nominations are August: Osage County, Rock 'n' Roll, The Seafarer, and The 39 Steps.

Musical favorites Grease and Gypsy are also up for gongs in the Best Musical Revival category, and Shakespeare's Macbeth and comedy Boeing-Boeing will be competing for the Best Play Revival award.

Best Director for a Play nominees are Maria Aitken for The 39 StepsConor McPherson for The Seafarer, Anna D. Shapiro for August: Osage County, and Matthew Warchus for Boeing-Boeing.

Other categories featured at the 2008 Tony Awards include Best Costume, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

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