Which shows got the most love this morning?
The theater awards recognized many acclaimed shows and performances, but not everyone got good news this morning
After a crowded, fiercely competitive theater season, the 2017 Tony Awards have their official nominees. 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. And while big names like Josh Groban, Bette Midler, and Kevin Kline scored themselves nominations, not everybody was as lucky this morning. In that vein, here's our rundown of the biggest snubs, surprises, and twists that arrived this morning.
Snub: Just four Best Musical nominees
While several shows came into this morning seemingly as sure-things for nominations, there was some debate whether the nominators would choose to honor a fifth show as they did last year. 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. While Anastasia and War Paint scored just a small handful nods, in the acting and design categories, show's left out completely included Amelie, A Bronx Tale, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Twist: Is A Doll's House, Part 2 a contender for Best Play?
In the race for Best Play, everyone expected a three horse race between Oslo, Indecent, and Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat. However things got upended this morning when Sweat managed just three nominations and failed to score recognition for its director Kate Whoriskey. Meanwhile A Doll's House, Part 2 snuck up on everyone to become the most recognized play of the season scoring eight nominations, including Best Director and nominations for their entire cast. While the comedic-drama scored impressive reviews, there's uncertainty whether it can break through the heavier, more political competition. Still after the morning it had, Doll's House may just surprise everyone and grab the crown this year.
Surprise: Mike Faist gets a nomination
In one of the most competitive categories of the season, no one expected Faist's work as a troubled teen in Dear Evan Hansen to be recognized. Yet the talented young performer gave us the most delightful twist of the morning as he managed to break through and earn the first nomination of his young career. While he's unlikely to defeat veteran performers like Andrew Rannells or Gavin Creel, having his understated work be recognized is likely a victory in itself.
Snub: Allison Janney misses the cut,
Giving an impressive performance in one of the theater's meatiest female roles, Janney's work in the revival of Six Degrees of Separation seemed a sure thing to make the cut for Best Actress in a Play. Instead, the spot many figured was reserved for her went to Sally Field for her work in the polarizing new revival of The Glass Menagerie. While Janney's co-star Corey Hawkins got a nod as well as the overall production, it's hard to imagine such an impressive performance not being recognized.
Surprise: Closed shows make the cut
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. While both scored some of the loudest praise of the season, many expected still running shows like The Price or Sunset Boulevard could take their place. Still having these shows make the cut is a great sign the nominators are willing to remember theater excellence beyond just the most recent openings.
Twist: Will Great Comet upset Dear Evan Hansen?
Though conventional wisdom would suggest smash hit musical Dear Evan Hansen is still the likely frontrunner for Best Musical, with Great Comet scoring substantial support in technical categories the race may be closer than expected. Keep your eyes posted as both musicals have the acclaim and fresh, youthful energy the voting committee has recognized in recent years.
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