2017 Tony Awards Nominations Announced

Variety reports:

“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” jumped to the head of the pack of the 2017 Tony nominations, taking the lead with an even dozen noms, ahead of “Hello, Dolly!,” which nabbed ten, and “Dear Evan Hansen,” which scored nine.

In a year packed with 13 new musicals all vying for attention, the 2016-17 season had plenty of contenders but no clear juggernaut like “Hamilton,” which last year hit a new record high for nominations. The closest equivalent this season has been the recent revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” which earned the adoration of critics and has become the top new earner at the box office since, well, “Hamilton.”

Among new musicals, “Dear Evan Hansen,” the critically praised drama that’s connected with younger audiences and become one of the season’s big sellers, seemed a sure bet, as did “Come From Away,” the sleeper success that deals with 9/11 with an unexpectedly light and uplifting touch.

  • June Gordon

    That time Cynthia Nixon learned it isn’t a smart idea to “share” a role with a better actress and ask the critics to figure out who is better.

    • KT

      Well, she was nominated for supporting actress for the play (and Linney was not even though she plays that role as well). Maybe they decided to submit their nominations that way. I seem to recall that Linney was the first one cast so maybe it was understood from the beginning who would submit for which role.

      • June Gordon

        I think it is based on the opening night cast. So, the production had already picked its star.

    • PhilBob13

      Hey, she’s in a show that’s selling out on Broadway, pulling lots of press for the casting stunt, and she’s still got a Tony nom from her opening night role. Hard to be upset with that (considering Linney had the role all to herself to start with).

    • JAX

      Cynthia is far better than Laura.

      • June Gordon

        Bless your heart.

        • JAX

          Well, we’ll see if all of this ends in another nomination for Linney or another win for Nixon.

    • The first time I ever saw Cynthia Nixon was in 1994 in Angels in America. It wasn’t her Broadway debut but given the number of people grabbing their playbills to figure out who the hell that just was at the end of her first scene, I’d say that I wasn’t the only one blown away by her performance. It’s rare to get that kind of a performance from someone you’d never heard of before and that’s only happened for me two other times (Renee Fleming, 1991 and Diana Damrau, 2003). Nixon is a great actor. Laura Linney is too. Together they are a theater queen’s dream.

  • Silver Badger

    I know who Bette Midler and Josh Groban are. The rest, not so much. Is there a rehabilitation camp or a therapy group that can help me retain my gay card?

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I don’t think you have to be gay to know who Sally Field and Cate Blanchett are.

    • Butch

      I caught David Hyde Pierce and I think Josh Groban as well. Other than that, I’m going to have to join you at camp.

      • David Walker

        It’s a fun camp. Actually, I should say “it’s fun…camp,” except camp doesn’t really exist now. I used to be one of the instructors Back Then. “Musicals of the ’40s and ’50s” and “Horseback Riding,” which was an elective.

        • Butch

          I might be able to play music of the 40s and 50s, although not musicals. I could also do bareback….oh, wait, you said horseback…..

      • Silver Badger

        I’ll bring the brownies.

    • HandyAndy

      If you ever turned on a TV in the 90’s I’m sure you’ll remember who David Hyde Pierce and Laurie Metcalf are if you think about it a little bit. Plus, Kevin Kline, Danny DeVito and Nathan Lane should be pretty recognizable to just about anyone.

    • Rex

      As a gay man you should know who Andrew Rannells is.

    • David Walker

      To an extent, YouTube for the musicals. For the plays, you sorta have to read the reviews.

    • Mike

      Watch Andrew Rannells sing “I Believe” from Book of Mormon. It’s a religious experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZIFqaqKoBI

  • Sam_Handwich

    We’re going to NY in June to see Book of Mormon. Then maybe in a couple of years we’ll see Hamilton. And then i’ll catch up with the new stuff 😀

    • another_steve

      Man and I wait 10 years or so and then they all come to PBS, for free. We save hundreds that way and don’t have to sit next to Tillie from Massachusetts who’s texting her husband about how excited she is to be seeing a big Broadway show.

      We recently saw an all-star stage presentation of “Billy Elliot the Musical” that way — in the comfort of our jam-jams.

      • joeyj1220

        meh… as much as I hate boorish behavior in the theater, there is no substitution for live musical theater

        • another_steve

          On point (somewhat), I can’t for the life of me understand why movie theaters are still in operation. Used to be that theaters had huge grand old movie screens. Today, in the typical 10-screen multiplex, they’re practically the size of our TV screens.

          Why not demand that movie companies make all first-run movies available to us at home and thereby spare us the talking and texting and all the other distractions that go on in the average movie theater?

          • joeyj1220

            I guess I’m a traditionalist at heart… my tv screen and sound system will never rival those at a movie theater. The hubby and I always go to showings when we know the crowds will be other cinephiles who know how to behave.

          • another_steve

            Hear ya.

            I’m a child of the 1950s. I grew up in New York City during a time when all the grand old movie theaters were still open and not yet divided into 12 theaters each.

            Ohmigod… I remember when there were ushers in movie theaters!

          • stevenj

            Or demolished.

          • another_steve

            There’s a saga still in progress with respect to one of the beautiful old movie theaters of NYC.

            In Brooklyn — across the street from (the original) Nathan’s — are the remains of an old Loew’s theater that has stood on that corner since the 1920s. A grand old thing with a central theater area to die for. The fate of the theater is still uncertain.

            It takes a bit of imagination to visualize what it must have looked like in its heyday, but here’s a relatively recent photo of it in its current state of decay.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74fd7f52371b5a289949ec881e625e91dcce874546a158925118113ef06a79e8.jpg

          • stevenj

            I am a contributing (comments and photos) member of Cinematreasures.org and have seen postings for the Shore Theater. Apparently the Shore was purchased by a new owner in Jan 2016 who hope to restore the theater.

          • another_steve

            Kudos to you, Steven, for caring about these architectural and cultural treasures. I’m a member of a blog devoted to all things Coney Island — so I’m pretty current re the Shore Theater.

            I grew up in the Luna Park Houses, not a ten-minute walk to the Shore Theater. My parents took my sister and me to that glorious glorious theater many times, to see the latest movies.

          • CityWOOF

            Same here! Plus, it’s something to do, going to the movies. Big screen, big dark room, big sound. I hope movie theater never go away.

    • joeyj1220

      Book of Mormon is a lot of fun. If you can appreciate South Park style humor with traditional Broadway music, it works. A few people in the audience I was in walked out. Songs that belt out “Fuck You God” and baby raping jokes were just too much for some…lol

    • Jerry

      I’m looking at Book of Mormon or Wicked for late June…was looking at Dear Evan Hansen, but the tickets were $250-300…so I might see 2 shows for that price.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Both are fun choices, but DEH is an experience like none.. I will still go for Bette Midler for a few more bucks. She is amazing and the show is non-stop joy.

        • Jerry

          Though I’ve seen “Hello Dolly” before, I do imagine it’s quite different with Bette…and more fun.

  • another_steve

    I was lucky enough to see the 1967 Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.

    (Eat ya hearts out, jealous bitches…)

    • Hank

      My parents took me to see that version. Pearlly Mae was phenomenal!!! Then again, growing up in NYC, my mother wanted my brothers and I to have “culture”. So, I got to see a lot of musicals from childhood on. After seeing Hair sitting next to my mother, following the nude scene, I was in therapy for 20 years!!!

      • another_steve

        Our experience in this regard is remarkably similar, Hank.

        My mom worked in the New York State Council on the Arts with the fabulous Kitty Carlisle Hart, who was then its head. Like you, “culture” was important to my folks and we went to lots of Broadway shows during the 50s, 60s and 70s.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTrYXzLoc8Y

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Honey, Bette chews, eats and spits out the scenery. She gives one of the best comedic performances I have ever seen. The production is stunning and for two hours I was in rapturous joy. Would go back several times if I could get tickets. We bought 8 the day they went on sale.

      • another_steve

        The girl is one of the great comedic geniuses of our day.

        My standard for female comedic genius is Lucille Ball, and Bette measures up favorably.

  • Rex

    Lucas Steele sounds like a porn name.

    • Silver Badger

      He even looks a bit pornish.This is a problem, why?

      • Rex

        Not a problem for me, if this whole theater thing doesn’t work out he has a future in film.

    • PhilBob13

      His performance is a bit pornish, now that you mention it.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      He is gorgeous. I sat in the banquettes on stage and he is stunning.

  • ByronK

    Yay, Canadian content: Come From Away!

    • David Walker

      Of the entire current crop, that is the one that I would kill to see. “Dear Evan Hansen” maybe, but “Come From Away” definitely. I have become obsessed over that in a very short time. It’s one of the few times I wish my life were a little different so I could go see it…many times.

  • jaydee5000

    Live in NYC, seen most of these, my tentative pics: Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Play SWEAT, Actress Musical BETTE MIDLER, Actor Musical BEN PLATT, Score musical NATASHA, PIERRE, GREAT COMET, Book Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN
    Supporting Actor Musical ANDREW RANNELLS, Supporting Actress Musical RACHEL BAY JONES

    • David Walker

      Not Jenn Colella?

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I have seen them as well and agree except for Featured Actor Musical. It should be Lucas Steele. He is mesmerizing and has an amazing voice. (It doesn’t hurt he is extremely handsome and has a great porn name.)

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      • jaydee5000

        I totally agree with you. I just think Rannells has the edge because of that “You Gotta Die Sometime” song he knocked out of the park. Also he’s a Broadway baby and they love him and may think it’s his turn to get a Tony. But if they gave it to Lucas, I’d shout hooray.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Yay! I got my tickets for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 a few weeks ago. So is War Paint really not that good?

    • jaydee5000

      Not from what I hear. LuPone & Ebersole great, the show not so much. Get standing room to Dear Evan Hansen if you can.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I hated War Paint. I was bored out of my mind. LaPone and Ebersole are fantastic with what they are given, but i felt like I would never get 2 hours of my life back. Not memorable. Saw Great Comet 2xs. Sat on the stage both times. If you can sit there.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Thanks, AB. The material for War Point looks boring. Women in an industry I care nothing about who never meet, or maybe just once. I’m really looking forward to Great Comet. We’ll be up in the rafters though.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          It is still a great show. If you have the chance to hear the show (it is different from the off-Broadway version) get a copy and listen. It is a “complicated Russian novel, everyone has nine different names, so look it up in your program, dada da, dada da, dada da… Antiole…..”

  • David Walker

    From a personality perspective (rather than performance), I think “Best Supporting Actress in a Play” is the most interesting.

  • My annual lament that I don’t have unlimited money and time to spend more time in NYC. I could be such a great heiress.

  • Wow, there are a lot of A-list nominees this year.

  • Kevin Perez

    I hope Audra McDonald wins. She may not be nominated for anything this year but she should always win .. everything .. ever.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Meh.

  • CityWOOF

    I wonder if “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will survive or close, what with the terrible reviews and not a single nomination from Tony, Outer Critics or Drama Desk. I’m taking my first trip to NYC at the end of June to see Broadway shows and I should have waited for reviews and nominations to come out before buying “Charlie”!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Oh, honey, dump those tickets. That show is Awful with a capital A. It was done just to take it on tour. Sell them online and get something else. Why waste prime NYC Broadway time with something you will hate…. I would trade them in and get discount tickets to “The Play that Goes Wrong.” While not a musical it is great fun and a rival for laughs to “Noises Off!”

      • CityWOOF

        I put my ticket on sale at Ticketmaster, but no bites. Maybe StubHub or something else would be better. I only want back what I paid for it.