Tony Award nominations without 'Hamilton' are murky indeed

Carla Harmon
May 3, 2017

This image released by O&M/DKC shows Taylor Trensch, fromleft, Bette Midler, and Gavin Creel during a performance of "Hello, Dolly!" in NY.

The musical, about the small Canadian town that welcomed dozens of travelers who were turned away from US airports on September 11, 2001, received a total of seven Tony Award nominations, which were announced Tuesday.

Tuesday morning's nomination announcement was being watched in Gander, where some local residents gathered at a legion hall to celebrate.

On the new play side, nominations were given to works about working class angst ("Sweat"), Middle East peace negotiations ("Oslo"), a behind-the-scenes look at a controversial 1923 Yiddish play ("Indecent"), and a bold sequel to a Henrik Ibsen play ("A Doll's House, Part 2").

Leading the pack this year are Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, Hello Dolly with 10 noms, and Dear Evan Hansen with nine. Instead of spreading the love, the musical nominations seemed focused on showering just four shows with recognition through all the musical categories; Comet, Hansen, Groundhog Day, and Come From Away.

Final Tony winners will be determined by some 850 industry insiders.

And star Andy Karl is up for best leading actor in a musical.

Danny DeVito and Nathan Lane are also up for acting honours, as is Bette Midler. And they face off against ingenues 21-year-old Eva Noblezada of Miss Saigon and newcomer Denée Benton of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812.

Tim will be hoping he can win a Tony for his score this time around, having missed out in the same category for Matilda the Musical back in 2013.

The show has received a slew of theatre nominations from the Drama League Awards, Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Chita Rivera Awards.

While traditionally Tony nominators have heavily favored recognizing shows that will still be running during the ceremony, strong showings for the now closed productions of Jitney and Falsettos proved something of a surprise.

The biggest prize is best new musical and most observers expect the hit "Dear Evan Hansen" to claim a nomination.

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