Matilda musical nominated for 12 Tony awards

Matilda The Musical is leading the nominations in the top American theatrical awards following rave reviews since opening in the US earlier this month.

Having already enjoyed major success in London's West End, the musical has made a seamless transition to Broadway with 12 Tony Award nominations including choreography, best director, orchestration and best book categories.

Comedian Tim Minchin, who produced the songs for the hit show, has been rewarded for his efforts with a nomination in the lyrics and songs category.