By Michael Slezak
Updated May 16, 2006 at 06:48 PM EDT

The Tonys may not be able to count on the star wattage of Julia Roberts this year, but after the show’s annual nominations were announced in New York this morning, it’s a safe bet that Oprah Winfrey will be in the audience when the telecast airs June 11 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Indeed, while Roberts was shut out of the Best Actress in a play category for her highly publicized (but not particularly lauded) turn in Three Days of Rain, the Winfrey-produced The Color Purple (pictured) was the second-most-nominated show, scoring 11 nods, including one for Best Musical. In that category, it will face off against The Drowsy Chaperone, which led all nominees with 13, as well as Jersey Boys, and The Wedding Singer. Best Play nominees include The History Boys, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Rabbit Hole, and Shining City.

In other major categories, The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd, and The Threepenny Opera will face off for Best Revival of a Musical, while Awake and Sing! (which, with eight nominations, led all plays), The Constant Wife, Seascape, and Faith Healer are all up for Best Revival of a Play.

The one big question still looming over the Tonys: Who will host? With Hugh Jackman reportedly not available (or not invited) to emcee, rumors that a certain daytime talk-show host is mulling the job have us pretty jazzed. And why not? When she’s not rooting for her own interests, what else will she have to do all night?

addCredit(“The Color Purple: Brad Barket/Getty Images”)

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