Twin Cities-connected actors Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana are going to theater's biggest ball.

Each has been nominated for a Tony Award, announced Tuesday.

Osnes, an Eagan High School graduate, was nominated for best actress in a musical for her performance of the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," which received nine nominations, including one for best revival.

It was the second nomination for Osnes. Last year also was nominated for her lead role in "Bonnie & Clyde."

Osnes has a history of performing in the Twin Cities, including playing Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" at the Children's Theatre ten years ago, and starring in "Grease" at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

In "Cinderella," Osnes sings and dances opposite Seattle native Fontana, who is a graduate of the inaugural class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA program. He plays the prince.

The Tonys will be announced on June 9 from Radio City Music Hall.


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