Select list of nominees for 2017 Tony Awards

Posted May 16, 2017

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812", a pop opera based on a passage from Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace", scooped up more Tony nominations than any other show on Tuesday, capping one of the most competitive seasons in years on Broadway for both new musicals and new plays.

Midler was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Hello Dolly! was also nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as for best featured actor, best design, best lighting design, best direction and best orchestration, among other categories. I was pleased to see the year's most enjoyably inventive production of a new musical, "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", leading the way with 12 nominations.

Let's see who is the star of the show this year when the Tony Awards are broadcast live on June 11 on CBS at 8/7 c p.m.

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Karl's magnetic performance has come to seem nearly heroic, given that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament three days before the show opened and is performing in a knee brace. And while big names like Josh Groban, Bette Midler, and Kevin Kline scored themselves nominations, not everybody was as lucky this morning. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 fell short only in the category of Best Featured Actress in a Musical (a category in which it fielded several worthy candidates).

And "Groundhog Day", though it divided critics (count me among the naysayers), recently won the Olivier Award (Britain's equivalent to the Tony).

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In the race for Best Play, everyone expected a three horse race between Oslo, Indecent, and Pulitzer Prize victor Sweat.

The feel-good Canadian musical Come From Away, one of the current hits of the New York City theatre scene, is among the leading contenders for Broadway's top honour, earning a raft of Tony Award nominations Tuesday. The quirky coming-of-age musical "Dear Evan Hansen" earned nine. Among those Benton will compete with is Bette Midler, nominated for her acclaimed performance in the revival of "Hello, Dolly!,' which received 10 nominations, second only to "Natasha".

Meanwhile, Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is nominated for Hello, Dolly! and Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon for The Little Foxes.

J.T. Rogers' Oslo features Southern Methodist University alumnus Michael Aronov, who was nominated as an actor in the best featured role in a play category.

Last year, the Tony Awards were swamped, particularly in the minds of many who only follow theater casually, by the phenomenon that was Hamilton.

While this is Zaks eight Tony nomination, it is first since 1996 when he contended for the Nathan Lane-led revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Metcalf, who was nominated a year ago for Misery, is up again now for A Doll's House Part 2; her Doll's House co-star Houdyshell, who walked away with the 2016 medallion for The Humans, was once again nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play.