May 3, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 6: The Tony Nominations

If you're reading this blog, then you already know that the Tony nominations were announced yesterday.  And depending on how you look at it, this year's nominators had one of the toughest assignments because there were so many strong contenders or one of the easiest jobs because there was so much good stuff that it was almost impossible for them to choose wrong.  Still, a few shows clearly won their hearts.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy's musical version of an excerpt from Tolstoy's "War and Peace," got 12 nominations.  It and the other three shows in the Best Musicals category-—Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen and Groundhog Day—all also nabbed nods for Best Book, Best Score and Best Director of a Musical.

Meanwhile, five of the remaining new musicals, including such previously-anticipated titles as Amélie, starring Hamilton's Phillipa Soo, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, got no love at all.

But the acclaimed revival of Hello, Dolly! got plenty of it, including for its stars Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce and for its director Jerry Zaks, who got his first nomination in 21 years.  

On the straight play side, A Doll's House, Part 2, young playwright Lucas Hnath's sequel to the Ibsen classic about a mother who abandons her family, lead that pack with eight nominations, including one for each of the four actors in the cast—Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Condola Rashad and Jayne Houdyshell—as well as for their director Sam Gold.  

Doll's House's worthy competitors are Indecent, Oslo and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat. All four were written by American playwrights and each of them, including the 65-year-old Paula Vogel, is making his or her Broadway debut.

You can find the official full list of the nominees by clicking here.  You can keep up with all the Tony news over the next five weeks until the winners are announced on June 11 by reading the Tony Talk magazine on Flipboard, which you can find here.  

And you can hear what my pals Chris Caggiano, Patrick Pacheco, Bill Tynan and I think about the nominations by clicking the orange button below or by going to the Tony Talk homepage by clicking here:

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