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The Kennedy Center's 2009 season of plays and musicals was a hit with judges for D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards, garnering 20 nominations for the annual prizes to be presented April 5.
Org's tally was the highest for any single theater.
The center's production of the tuner "Ragtime," which transferred to a short-lived Broadway run, received six mentions in the resident category while three visiting productions received non-resident noms--the Sydney Theater Company's "Streetcar Named Desire" featuring Cate Blanchett, Steppenwolf Theater's "August: Osage County" and the touring production of "Spring Awakening."
The Shakespeare Theater Company was the second-most …