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PUBLISHED: 17:32 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 17:28 16 August 2010

Six London transfers have collected a total of 35 nominations between them for the 2008 Tony Awards, the Broadway equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Awards.

Six London transfers have collected a total of 35 nominations between them for the 2008 Tony Awards, the Broadway equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Awards.

Sunday In The Park With George, which dominated the 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards, leads the pack with nine nominations, while Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps and Macbeth have six each. Rock 'N' Roll and The Seafarer complete the high scoring British productions with four nominations apiece.

The domination of London transfers is seen most clearly in categories such as Best Play - in which August: Osage Country is the only American production vying against Rock 'N' Roll, The Seafarer and The 39 Steps - Best Direction of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Play, where all four nominations come from British productions.

Actors receiving nominations include Mark Rylance, Mary McCormack (both Boeing Boeing), Rufus Sewell, Sinead Cusack (both Rock 'N' Roll), Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood (both Macbeth), Daniel Evans, Jenna Russell (both Sunday In The Park With George), Conleth Hill and Jim Norton (both the Seafarer). British performers Eve Best (The Homecoming) and Ben Daniels (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) are also among the nominees.

Speaking to Official London Theatre about the nominations, Sonia Friedman, producer of both Boeing Boeing and Rock 'N' Roll said: "The Brits have done incredibly well; we continue to dominate Broadway in a brilliant way. It's wonderful. Having said that, who knows what the winners will be? But I don't think that really matters, I think just to be there is the important thing."

The Tony nominees will have to wait a little over a month to discover who will take away the celebrated gongs.

The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on 15 June.

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