The stage adaptation of Billy Elliot has dominated the shortlist for the 2009 Tony awards, with 15 nominations.

The Broadway production of the West End musical - based on the hit British film - is nominated for best musical while Sir Elton John has a best original score nomination.

The show's three young stars are also jointly named in the best actor category.

Billy Elliot, which opened on Broadway in November, will compete with Next to Normal - which has 11 Tony nominations - Rock of Ages and Shrek the Musical.

"It's been an amazing experience," Sir Elton told CBS' Early Show, after the announcement of nominations.

"It's made an incredible impact on my life."

Other British nominees include actresses Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, who are both up for best leading actress in a play for Mary Stuart.

Green Wing star Stephen Mangan has a best featured actor in a play nomination for the Broadway run of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests with his co-star, Spaced actress Jessica Hynes, also nominated.

Sopranos actor James Gandolfini is nominated alongside Jeff Daniels and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush for the best leading actor in a play prize with Marcia Gay Harden, Jane Fonda and Hope Davis named in the best leading actress in a play category alongside the British pair of Walter and McTeer.

Dividing the Estate, God of Carnage, reasons to be pretty and 33 Variations are the four nominees for best play with all the winners to be announced at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 7th.

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