Tony Nominations (And All That Followed)

At 8:30am this morning, the 2017 Tony nominations were announced by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson. The lucky shows that received nominations were:

 

anastasia b

Anastasia: 2 Nominations

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Mary Beth Peil
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Linda Cho

 

bandstand b

Bandstand: 2 Nominations

  • Best Choreography – Andy Blankenbuehler
  • Best Orchestrations – Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen

 

come from away

Come From Away: 7 Nominations

  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Jenn Colella
  • Best Book of a Musical – Irene Sankoff and David Hein
  • Best Original Score – Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Howell Binkley
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Christopher Ashley
  • Best Choreography – Kelly Devine

 

Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen: 9 Nominations

  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Ben Platt
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Mike Faist
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Rachel Bay Jones
  • Best Book of a Musical – Steven Levenson
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Japhy Weideman
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Michael Greif
  • Best Orchestrations – Alex Lacamoire

 

falsettos

Falsettos: 5 Nominations

  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Christian Borle
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Andrew Rannells
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Brandon Uranowitz
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Stephanie J. Block

 

groundhog day.jpeg

Groundhog Day the Musical: 7 Nominations

  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Andy Karl
  • Best Book of a Musical – Danny Rubin
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Rob Howell
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Matthew Warchus
  • Best Choreography – Peter Darling and Ellen Kane

 

dolly.jpeg

Hello, Dolly! : 10 Nominations

  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – David Hyde Pierce
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Bette Midler
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Gavin Creel
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Kate Baldwin
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Santo Loquasto
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Santo Loquasto
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Natasha Katz
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Jerry Zaks
  • Best Orchestrations – Larry Hochman

 

holiday inn

Holiday Inn: 1 Nomination

  • Best Choreography – Denis Jones

 

miss saigon

Miss Saigon: 2 Nominations

  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Eva Noblezada

 

the great comet

Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812

  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Josh Groban
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Denée Benton
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Lucas Steele
  • Best Book of a Musical- Dave Malloy
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Mimi Lien
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Paloma Young
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Bradley King
  • Best Direction of a Musical – Rachel Chavkin
  • Best Choreography – Sam Pinkleton
  • Best Orchestrations – Dave Malloy

 

war paint

War Paint: 4 Nominations

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Christine Ebersole
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Patti LuPone
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical – David Korins
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical – Catherine Zuber

 

(Lots of wonderful plays were also nominated this season, but I feel as though I do not know enough about them to pose legit opinions on their nominations).

 

First off, I need to express my frustration over the show snubs this year. The snub that upset me the most this year was over Amélie. Amélie is a beautiful story filled with color and emotion. Phillipa Soo, as anyone who knows me understands, is one of my favorite actresses. She owns the stage and portrays so much emotion every time she performs. Her voice is amazing as well. Her leading man, Adam Chanler-Berat, is also very talented. I’m very disappointed that this show will not have the chance to be recognized at this years award show.

Next, I’m disappointed by the lack of featured women from Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Grace McLean, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, and Amber Gray were all wonderful performers and brought out such exciting and emotional reactions from the crowd. They were the life force of the show and I wish that they had received recognition for their outstanding work.

My last frustration is over Anastasia. I haven’t seen much of Christy Altomare, but I can say for sure that Derek Klena and Ramin Karimloo are two amazing actors that also deserved recognition. Both men have extraordinary voices and acting skills.

Unfortunately, I can do nothing to change the outcomes of the nominations, so I will try and focus on those that were nominated now. Most people already have opinions on who’s going to win what, so I figure I might as well throw out some ideas.

Here are my picks:

Best Musical – Dear Evan Hansen

Best Revival of a Musical – Miss Saigon

Best Choreography – Bandstand

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – Denée Benton

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Ben Platt

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Mike Faist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Rachel Bay Jones

Best Book – Dear Evan Hansen

Best Score – Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

 

I’m excited to see all of the performances and find out who really wins everything! To ever show, I wish luck and we’ll see what happens on June 11th.

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