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Blanchett, Minchin, producers seek Tonys

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An impressive group of Australians, led by Cate Blanchett and Tim Minchin, are in the hunt for Tony Awards at Broadway's biggest night.

Kevin Spacey hosts the ceremony at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday (Monday 10am AEST).

Blanchett's long-awaited Broadway debut in the Sydney Theatre Company's production The Present netted her a nomination for best actress in a leading role in a play, but the Melbourne-born dual Oscar winner and freshly minted Queen's birthday honours recipient is not the frontrunner in a category stacked with big names.

Blanchett is up against Sally Field (The Glass Menagerie), Laura Linney (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes), Laurie Metcalf (A Doll's House, Part 2) and Jennifer Ehle (Oslo).

New York theatre critics have pencilled in Metcalf and two-time Tony winner Ehle as the favourites.

The Present received mixed reviews, reflected in the Tony nominations with her playwright husband Andrew Upton and co-star Richard Roxburgh overlooked.

Minchin, no stranger to the Tonys after Matilda the Musical's 12 nominations in 2013, is set for a big night with his musical adaptation Groundhog Day, based on the Bill Murray comedy film of the same name, receiving seven nominations.

The nods include the coveted best musical and original score categories.

Australian producers Rodney Rigby and Sam Levy have a strong chance of claiming the best musical prize from Minchin, with Come From Away one of the favourites.

Prolific Australian producer Stuart Thompson has two shots at awards, with Sweat in the running for best play and Six Degrees of Separation up for best revival of a play.

The musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 topped the nominations list with 12.

Bette Midler's revival of Hello, Dolly! Picked up 10 while Dear Evan Hansen, the biggest challenger for Come From Away for best musical, collected nine.

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