Midler, Blanchett, Field score Tony nominations for best of Broadway

Midler, Blanchett, Field score Tony nominations for best of Broadway

Midler, Blanchett, Field score Tony nominations for best of Broadway

The other musicals nominated for the top honor are Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day: The Musical, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (which is nominated in 12 categories and is the most buzzed-about musical since Hamilton). The revival - which is Bette's first-ever lead role in a musical - has earned 10 other nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical. 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.

Blanchett is up against Sally Field (The Glass Menagerie), Laura Linney (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes), Jennifer Ehle (Oslo), Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and Laurie Metcalf (A Doll's House, Part 2) in the category of best leading actress in a play.

"Hello Dolly!" star Bette Midler is expected to get a nod for Best Actress in a Musical, along with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole from "War Paint". Paula Vogel's "Indecent", another Tony contender that passed through La Jolla Playhouse, represents the Broadway debut for a veteran playwright who is also a master teacher of her craft.

The diversity of last year's Hamilton-dominated Tony Awards, in which all four of the musical acting categories were won by performers of color, seemed nearly like a rebuke of the mostly white Oscars.

Kline and Best Actor (Musical) nominee Andy Karl ("Groundhog Day") both played the part of Bruce Granit in a Broadway production of "On the Twentieth Century".

The Tony Awards will be presented on June 11 at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall in a ceremony headlined by film and stage star Kevin Spacey.

But the musical and play categories are hard, if not downright impossible, to call.

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After picking up an Oscar for Best Original Song for La La Land's "City of Stars" the songwriting duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul find themselves nominated here for Best Original Score for Dear Evan Hansen.

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Johanna Day (Tracey in "Sweat"); Jayne Houdyshell (Anne Marie in "A Doll's House, Part 2"); Cynthia Nixon (Birdie Hubbard in "The Little Foxes"); Condola Rashad (Emmy in "A Doll's House, Part 2"); and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia in "Sweat").

A remarkable five actors in their 70s received Tony nominations Tuesday morning, with another eight in their 60s and six in their 50s. The quirky coming-of-age musical "Dear Evan Hansen" earned nine.

This year's leader in Tony nominations, "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", has a lot in common with last year's leader, "Hamilton".

Platt, who has been with the show since its inception, invited his mother to fly to NY and watch the nominations.

"It should be one of the most interesting Tony Award races we've had in some time", McAnuff said. Granted, the latter production was somewhat limited in its prospects from the beginning: Glenn Close already won a Tony in 1995 for her performance as Norma Desmond, making her ineligible this year. The list includes 17 Broadway debuts: Cate Blanchett, Josh Groban, Denée Benton, Eva Noblezada, Danny DeVito, Denis Arndt, Rebecca Taichman, Rachel Chavkin, Hnath, Vogel, Nottage, Rogers, Malloy, Sankoff, Hein, Levenson, Rubin.

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