ST. LOUIS – Our area is enjoying a little time in the theatre spotlight with the release of the 2018 Tony Award nominations.

Three Broadway performers with ties to the St. Louis area received nominations. Taylor Louderman was nominated for best performance in a leading role in a musical, Norbert Leo Butz was nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical and Laurie Metcalf was nominated for best performance for an actress in a featured role in a play.

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Louderman, who stars as Regina George in the Musical "Mean Girls", grew up in Bourbon, Missouri and got her start when she starred as Annie at the Ozark Actors Theatre at the age of 10. In the years since, she had performed at The Muny a number of times, most recently in 2016 when she played the role of Amneris in the musical "Aida".

Butz received a nomination this year for his performance as Alfred P. Doolittle in "My Fair Lady". Butz was born and raised in St. Louis and Graduated from DuBourg High School and The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He has won Tony awards for his leading roles in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in 2005 and "Catch Me if You Can" in 2011.

Metcalf was nominated for her performance as B in the drama "Three Tall Women". Metcalf was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and raised in Edwardsville. She is a graduate of Illinois State University. She has won Emmy and Tony awards for various roles, and garnered an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2017 film "Lady Bird".

The hardware will be handed out on June 10.