Josh Groban & his Broadway musical grab 12 Tony nominations
Broadway fans have plenty of reasons to wake up early on Tuesday: It’s Tony Awards nominations day! But her grandmother did all right. Although The Great Comet earned 12 nominations to Hansen’s 9, that doesn’t necessarily give it the edge; it is not hard to imagine a scenario in which voters give the big awards to runaway hit Hansen, while the less conventional Comet pulls a Peter and the Starcatcher-style sweep of the design categories. Linda Cho earned the nod for the play’s dreamy gowns and scruffy Russian street clothes.
Final Tony winners will be determined by some 850 industry insiders. Akerlind won a Tony for “Light in the Piazza”, and has been nominated seven times. The “Come From Away” cast was also in Gander for two concerts last October as a fundraiser for local charities. It was the first production within a proscenium stage.
The age equality demonstrated by the 2017 Tony nominations stretches across both revivals and new works, suggesting that theater creatives are continuing to write strong roles for older performers.
Not Nominated but Hosting: Kevin Spacey. The awards, formally known as the Antonette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, are presented annually by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
There was little time to celebrate as “Come From Away” prepares for another show later on Tuesday.
“I’m just so glad I quit my day job”, joked Vogel, 65, who has taught generations of playwrights at Brown and Yale. “Indecent” grew out of a show that director Rebecca Taichman created for her YSD thesis project in 2001. Picked up 10 while Dear Evan Hansen collected nine.
The revival of the musical “Falsettos” received five nominations. I would posit that there’s some population of people who didn’t consider themselves likely to look into Broadway shows two or three years ago who might do it now. “It’s a true testament to the caliber of work originating at La Jolla Playhouse, to the incredible production teams and staff who helped build and support this work, as well as to our devoted San Diego audiences, who consistently join us on the play development journey”.
Denée Benton, hailed as Broadway’s new “It” girl, has signed with WME on the heels of landing a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut inNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Other contenders for best new musical include the heart-wrenching Dear Evan Hansen, the 9/11-based Come From Away, and Groundhog Day, adapted from the 1993 Bill Murray movie. Lynn Nottage’s politically prescient “Sweat” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year. The best musical revival candidates are “Hello, Dolly!”.
A bunch of relative whippersnappers in their 50s also made the Tony nominations cut, including David Hyde Pierce for Hello, Dolly!; Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon for The Little Foxes; John Douglas Thompson for Jitney; Jefferson Mays for Oslo; and Johanna Day for Sweat.