The leading nominee is Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, hauling in an impressive 12 nominations. The Great Comet is up for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume and Best Score. Josh Groban, who plays Pierre, is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. His co-star Denee Benton is also up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. This is the first Broadway role for both of them and their first Tony nomination, so not a bad debut.
Right on The Great Comet’s heels is Hello, Dolly! It earned a whopping 10 Tony nominations, including Best Revival (it first appeared in 1964) and Best Scenic Design. On an individual level, David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler each earned their respective nominations for Best Performance in a Leading Role.
With 22 nominations combined, it’s no surprise why The Great Comet and Hello, Dolly! are consistently among the top 10 best-selling Broadway musicals. Other musicals raking in the nominations include Dear Evan Hansen with nine, A Doll’s House, Part 2 with eight, and Come From Away with seven.
You’ll have to wait a few weeks to learn the winners. The Tony Awards are scheduled for June 11. Kevin Spacey, himself a Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor in 1991’s Lost in Yonkers, will host from Radio City Music Hall. You can watch them live on CBS.
2017 Tony Award nominations for Broadway musicals:
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance – Leading Actress
Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Best Performance – Leading Actor
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Performance – Featured Actor
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
Best Performance – Featured Actress
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
We’ll be back next week with an update on what are the hottest selling musicals on Broadway.