Lighting designer Kevin Adams and sound designer Paul Arditti are double nominees for this year's Tony Awards, announced today at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Adams received nods for his work on the musicals Hair and Next To Normal, while Arditti was nominated for Billy Elliot, The Musical and Mary Stuart.

Billy Elliot, which leads all shows with 15 nominations, also got nods for Ian MacNeil's sets, Rick Fisher's lighting, and Nicky Gillibrand's costumes. It will compete against Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, and Shrek the Musical for Best Musical.

Hair serves as the Broadway show for this year's Broadway Sound Master Classes, while Rock of Ages is this year's show for the Broadway Projection Master Classes. The sound design team for the former, Acme Sound Partners, was nominated for their work on the revival as well, and nominee Adams will also be speaking at the event. Other faculty with the Master Classes who received nominations include LDs Brian MacDevitt (Joe Turner's Come and Gone) and Howell Binkley (West Side Story) and sound designer Scott Lehrer (Joe Turner's Come and Gone).

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, June 7.

Here are the full list of design nominees:

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Dale Ferguson, Exit the King"; Rob Howell, The Norman Conquests; Derek McLane, 33 Variations; Michael Yeargan, Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Robert Brill, Guys and Dolls"; Ian MacNeil, Billy Elliot, The Musical; Scott Pask, Pal Joey; Mark Wendland, Next to Normal.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Dale Ferguson, Exit the King; Jane Greenwood, Waiting for Godot; Martin Pakledinaz, Blithe Spirit; Anthony Ward, Mary Stuart.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Gregory Gale, Rock of Ages; Nicky Gillibrand, Billy Elliot, The Musical; Tim Hatley, Shrek The Musical; Michael McDonald, Hair.

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: David Hersey, Equus; David Lander, 33 Variations; Brian MacDevitt, Joe Turner's Come and Gone; Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart.

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, Hair; Kevin Adams, Next to Normal; Howell Binkley, West Side Story; Rick Fisher, Billy Elliot, The Musical.

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Paul Arditti, Mary Stuart; Gregory Clarke, Equus; Russell Goldsmith, Exit the King; Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg, Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Acme Sound Partners, Hair; Paul Arditti, Billy Elliot, The Musical; Peter Hylenski, Rock of Ages; Brian Ronan, Next to Normal.

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