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Rufus Wainwright (Kevin Westenberg)
Rufus Wainwright (Kevin Westenberg)

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Wainwright opera, 'Billy Elliot' among Dora nominees Add to ...

Rufus Wainwright's opera Bella Donna, the Elton John musical Billy Elliot and The Railway Children - a play staged around a working train - are among the nominees for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

The prizes celebrate the best in Toronto theatre.

The Soulpepper Theatre Company led the general theatre production division with nine nominations; Cahoots Theatre Company topped the independent theatre production category with nine nods; and David Mirvish shows captured the most musical theatre nods with five.

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The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts announced 171 nominations Tuesday for 197 eligible productions. Shows had to open between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

The nominations for Billy Elliot, the Tony-winning show about a coal miner's son who longs to dance, included outstanding production of a musical and a nod for Kate Hennig's turn as Billy's crusty dance teacher. Peter Darling is also nominated for his choreography.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is also nominated for outstanding musical. Two of the show's male leads, Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon, also received nods.

The Railway Children, based on a British novel for kids and staged in a tent erected near the city's Rogers Centre, earned five nominations including outstanding production of a play.

Wainwright received a nomination for outstanding new musical/opera. Prima Donna, presented by Luminato, also received a nomination for outstanding production in the opera division.

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