It’s a pop culture palooza in this year’s list of Tony Awards nominations and my former-teenage heart couldn’t be pounding any faster. Not only do we live in a world in which Mean Girls, Spongebob Squarepants, and Harry Potter productions exist—they are all nominated for the most prestigious theater awards in the country.


Battling for the top number of nomination slots are Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants, with a whopping 12 nominations each. Frozen, Mean Girls, and Spongebob Squarepants are most notably duking it out for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. And of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which recently broke the box office record for the highest single-week gross reported by a nonmusical in Broadway history, is nominated for Best Play.

Pop culture celebs nominated for awards include Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), Denzel Washington (The Iceman Cometh), Amy Schumer (Meteor Shower), Michael Cera (Lobby Hero), and Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

If Harry Potter and the Cursed Child doesn’t win at least one Tony, we’ll never “Let it Go.” Cue eye rolls.

Click here for the full list of nominations.


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Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet is an assistant editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She enjoys nerding out for articles on the Pop Insider, crafting weekly toy reviews for the Toy Insider and contributes to the trade magazines the Toy Book and the Licensing book. When Xandra isn't writing or attending conventions, she's dancing around her room in Supergirl cosplay, jammin' out to Britney Spears. She once had to stash her lightsaber behind a bush at the Rogue One premiere because the theater had a lame 'no Kyber crystal weapons' policy. Her friends insist that she's the poster child for Gryffindor because she's staunch in her beliefs and recklessly tries to change the world. You can follow her wild adventures on Twitter @stakingmyheart or glimpse her massive collection of selfies on Instagram @dontgostakinmyheart