Delco's Tina Fey nominated for Tony Award

Both shows were given 12 nods each.

"I really haven't sat back and thought about the young version of me and how she would be freaking out right now", Louderman told the Associated Press. She was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

The nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced this morning, and among this year's most nominated productions are the musical adaptation of beloved film Mean Girls, the revival of the Tony Kushner's gay HIV fantasia Angels in America and the gender-bending chorus of SpongeBob SquarePants. Louderman says she's from a small town where "people don't really get out and dream big".

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a new play about the grown wizard and his troubled relationship with his teen-aged son, won 10 nominations, including best play and best actor for star Jamie Parker.

GREEN "Cursed Child" was nominated in just about every category it was eligible for, as were "Angels", "SpongeBob", "My Fair Lady" and "The Band's Visit". "I just really thought I would never be here".

SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls are also nominated for Best Original Score along with Angels in America, The Band's Visit, and Frozen.

Other standouts were Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady". The announcement was co-hosted by "Hamilton" alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, now starring in "Waitress".

SpongeBob was also nominated for Best Lighting Design (hardly surprising, seeing as it takes place in the animated, madcap ocean bed of Bikini Bottom) as well as for Best Leading Actor.

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands - Disney's "Frozen", J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants".

Top play nominees may include "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", "The Children", "Meteor Shower", "Farinelli and the King" and "Junk".

She faces competition from Lauren Ambrose of "My Fair Lady", Hailey Kilgore of "Once On This Island", LaChanze of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical", Katrina Lenk from "The Band's Visit" and Jessie Mueller of "Carousel".

  • Marlene Weaver