4 girls who play lead in 'Matilda' snubbed

By By MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK (AP) — The members of the Tony Award nominations committee better look out: They've snubbed four girls who play a tough telekinetic heroine on Broadway.

The committee met Friday and ruled that the quartet of actresses who rotate as the lead in "Matilda" aren't eligible for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical category.

The group did rule that the four — Sophia Gennusa, 9; Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, all 10 — will receive Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

A publicist for the Tonys did not immediately return a request for comment.

The four girls — one from New York City, two from the surrounding region and one from Pennsylvania — are each making their Broadway debuts. Reviews for the show have been excellent.

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