By: Jimmy Brand
There are precious few things on this planet that will get me out of bed early, but the Tony Awards® nominations are one of the events that compel me to do so. The 2017 nominations did not disappoint this year
Personally, the first thing I do when reviewing the total list of nominations is to see which show raked in the most. Leading the pack this year is Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which took home 12 nominations with Hello, Dolly! and Dear Evan Hansen coming in second and third with 10 and 9 noms respectively.
Also of note were the numbers of Best Musical nominees! In a Broadway season with so many wonderful shows, many wondered if the nominators would choose to honor a fifth show with a Best Musical nom, as they did last year. Comet, Hansen, Groundhog Day and Come From Away were the lucky four this year. These four represent a highly eclectic range of shows and unlike last year’s Hamilton runaway, this year looks like it may be a photo finish.
The Hello, Dolly! nominations likely resulted in a very happy Bette Midler, as this is marks The Divine Miss M’s first ever Tony nomination.
Also this year, all four playwrights in best play slots, Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, J.T. Rogers and Lucas Hnath, were making their Broadway Debuts—an almost unheard of feat.
The full list of nominees can be found here: https://www.tonyawards.com/index.html
The 71st Annual Tony Awards® air live on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS, so grab a popcorn and unwrap your hard candy. It is awards season. Don’t forget to turn off your cell phones, Patti LuPone is nominated for War Paint and you don’t want her to catch you with a phone.