‘Great Comet’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead 2017 Tony Award Nominations

By Blaise Buckley on 2 May 2017
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“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Hello, Dolly!” came out on top of this year’s Tony Award nominations that were announced Tuesday morning.

“Comet,” which earned 12 Tony nominations and is based on a few pages of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is so complex and has so many characters that a tutorial – in the form of a song of course – is necessary to set the scene.

A revival of “Hello, Dolly!” scored ten nominations, including two for its stars, Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce.

Four musicals – including two that tugged greatly at theatergoers’ heartstrings, “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away” – will vie for the most coveted award, best musical, along with “The Great Comet” and “Groundhog Day.”

In the category for best play, “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Indecent,” “Oslo,” and “Sweat,” each by an American playwright making a Broadway debut, will compete for top honors.

The almost 850 Tony voters have until early June to make their choices. Winners will be announced June 11 at the awards ceremony hosted by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, which takes place at Radio City Music Hall.

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