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Here are the Top Nominees for This Year’s Tony Awards

Every June, the Broadway theatre community gathers to celebrate the preceding season at the glamorous Tony Awards, the theatrical answer to the Oscars. This year’s awards show will be hosted by Kevin Spacey and broadcast live from the famed Radio City Music Hall and will feature musical performances and appearances from the brightest stars of stage and screen. This month we look at the productions that earned the most nominations.

Hello, Dolly!, 10 Nominations
Ever since it was announced that icon Bette Midler would be returning to the New York stage in the Broadway revival of Jerry Herman’s classic musical Hello, Dolly! There have been murmurs (if not resounding shouts) of Tony Awards. When the reviews came out it was clear that not only was her casting in the title role pitch perfect, but the production itself was a dazzling nod to the golden age of the American Musical. So it’s no surprise that Hello, Dolly! Has garnered 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Actress in a Musical for Bette Midler, Best Direction of a Musical for theatre legend Jerry Zaks, and Best Revival of a Musical. (Sam S. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.)


Dear Evan Hansen, Nine Nominations 
Another hit that has proven to be a favorite of critics and audiences alike, and is playing to sold-out houses, is the soaring new pop musical Dear Evan Hansen. The musical earned nine Tony Award nominations including Best New Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical. However, it’s a tour de force performance from Pitch Perfect star Ben Platt that’s generating the most buzz. Similarly, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently won an Academy Award for their work on La La Land, are poised to take home a Tony for their daring new score. (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.)


A Doll’s House, Part 2, Eight Nominations

Perhaps best known to wider audiences as the star of television hits such as Roseanne and Getting On, actress Laurie Metcalf is a formidable presence on stage, and it’s her earth-shattering performance in A Doll’s House, Part 2 that has helped command the attention of Tony voters. Co-stars Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, and Condola Rashad all received acting nominations for their performances. Sam Gold, the mastermind behind Fun Home and the recent revival of The Glass Menagerie, is nominated for Best Director. (John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.)


Come From Away, Seven Nominations 

From the producing team behind the Tony Award- winning musical Memphis comes another original musical that has stolen audiences’ hearts and snagged seven Tony Award nominations in the process, including Best New Musical. From the Canadian team Irene Sanko and David Hein, Come From Away follows the extraordinary true-life events that came to pass in a small coastal town in Newfoundland following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Actress Jenn Colella earned a nomination for her heart-stirring portrayal of real-life pilot Beverly Bass. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.)


Groundhog Day, Seven Nominations

The creative team who struck Tony gold with the smash hit musical Matilda are back again with several nominations for the new musical Groundhog Day. The joyous comedy is nominated for seven awards including Best New Musical, Best Score, and Best Actor in a Musical for leading man Andy Karl. Tim Minchin received a nomination for his rocking and toe-tapping score, as did Matthew Warchus, whose seamless direction helps the show’s conceit soar. (August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.)


Oslo, Seven Nominations 

The other frontrunner in the Best New Play race is the Lincoln Center Theater production of J.T. Rogers’ captivating new drama Oslo. The play is the engrossing and entirely human story behind the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Israel. Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays both received acting nominations for their portrayal of the husband-and-wife team, as did Michael Aranov in a hilarious and heartfelt turn as Israeli diplomat Uri Savir. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific) received another nomination for his direction of this stellar ensemble tour-de-force. (Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 W. 65th St.)