Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Select list of nominees for 2017 Tony Awards

Tony Award nominations without 'Hamilton' are murky indeed LIVE at 8:30: Tony Award Nominations on NY1
Madeline Patrick | 16 May, 2017, 10:20

Cate Blanchett has a chance to add a Tony Award to a trophy cabinet that already contains two Oscars, three BAFTAs and three Golden Globes. Read below for a few key observations.

The Tony Awards will be hosted by Kevin Spacey in NY on June 11.

All of the playwrights and book writers nominated for Best Play and Best Book of a Musical, respectively, are making their Broadway debuts.

Another big theatre nominee is "Hello, Dolly!' with ten nominations including for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Bette Midler) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (David Hyde Pierce)". Young Mr. Platt is also a top contender in winning the coveted Tony Award in the Best Actor in a Musical category.

Throughout its pre-Broadway runs in the USA and Canada, as well as following its debut in NY, the musical has generally been praised as feel-good true story about our capacity for kindness and compassion during a dark time - and touted by many a critic as a timely balm for the current divisive American political and social landscape. The ceremony will air on CBS. This year, her show got eight nominations in all.

The Tony nominations were announced at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in a live webcast on the tonyawards.com website.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Johanna Day, "Sweat"; Jayne Houdyshell, "A Doll's House, Part 2"; Cynthia Nixon, "Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes"; Condola Rashad, "A Doll's House, Part 2"; Michelle Wilson, "Sweat".

Tresnjak won a Tony for the previous Hartford Stage to Broadway transfer, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder", but was not nominated Tuesday for "Anastasia".

Previous year smash-hit, hip-hop musical "Hamilton" won 11 awards after scooping a record 16 nominations.

Bartlett Sher is up for best director for Oslo, which is also nominated for best play.

DeVito earned a nomination for his Broadway debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price," about an embittered New York City police officer who feels that life has passed him by while he took care of his now-dead father.

He is the 10th person nominated for adapting a screenplay into a stage musical after Linda Woolverton ("Beauty and the Beast"), Irene Mecchi ("The Lion King"), Dean Pitchford ("Footloose"), Mel Brooks ("The Producers"), Richard Morris ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Eric Idle ("Monty Python's Spamalot"), Tim Herlihy ("The Wedding Singer"), Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot"), and Woody Allen ("Bullets Over Broadway"). A number of productions-Paramour, In Transit, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Cherry Orchard, Significant Other, and Oh, Hello-ended their runs prior to the nominations announcement. Left out of the nominations entirely this season were an unlucky 13 shows: The plays Significant Other, The Encounter, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Cherry Orchard and Oh, Hello, though The Encounter is receiving a Special Tony for sound design; and the musicals A Bronx Tale, Amélie, Paramour, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, In Transit, Sunset Boulevard, Cats and Sunday in the Park with George.

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