Midler, Groban score Tony
nominations, 'Sunset Boulevard' snubbed
Send a link to a friend
[May 03, 2017]
By Chris Michaud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cate
Blanchett, Sally Field and Bette Midler received acting
nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards on Tuesday, while
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" led the pack
with 12 nods including the top prize, best musical.
Close behind was the hit revival of "Hello, Dolly!" which
took 10 nominations, including one for lead actor David Hyde
Pierce. He will compete against Josh Groban making his Broadway
debut in "Natasha, Pierre," a lavish spectacle based on a
snippet of Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
"Groundhog Day The Musical," "Come From Away" and teen-aged
angst drama "Dear Evan Hansen," which won rave reviews and took
nine nominations, were other best musical nominees.
Best play nominees were led by "A Doll's House, Part 2" with
eight nominations including ones for stars Laurie Metcalf and
Chris Cooper, "Oslo," about the 1993 Oslo peace accords,
Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Sweat" and "Indecent."
Only three shows were nominated for best musical revival:
"Falsettos," "Miss Saigon" and "Hello, Dolly!".
In a year crowded with dozens of new plays and musicals, major
productions of "Cats," "Sunset Boulevard" starring Glenn Close,
"A Bronx Tale" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" were shut
Big names appearing this season who were not nominated included
Diane Lane, Mark Ruffalo and Allison Janney.
The best play revival nominees were "Present Laughter," "August
Wilson's Jitney," "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Lillian
Hellman's The Little Foxes," which won nominations for actresses
Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon.
Nixon, who has been exchanging roles with Linney during the
play's run, said she found out about her featured actress
nomination by text message and had not yet heard from Linney.
"I'm sure we will be chatting this morning," she added.
[to top of second column]
Joining Midler, whose turn in "Hello, Dolly!" has been breaking box
office records, as best actress in a musical, are Patti LuPone and
Christine Ebersole in "War Paint," newcomer Denée Benton for
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" and Eva Noblezada in
Blanchett, who made her Broadway debut in "The Present," is joined
by Jennifer Ehle ("Oslo") in addition to Field ("The Glass
Menagerie"), Linney and Metcalf.
Best play actor nominees included Denis Arndt in "Heisenberg," Kevin
Kline in "Present Laughter," Jefferson Mays in "Oslo" and Corey
Hawkins in "Six Degrees of Separation."
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
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe, Bernard Orr)
[© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2017 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.