Revivals and hit new plays to be featured at the Tony’s

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The recent announcement of the 2017 Tony Award Nominees have recently captured the attention of theatre fans. Due to air on June 11, the show highlights the achievements of live Broadway theatre. With many fantastic shows that came on the scene this year there is much to look forward to with the Tony Awards. Starting with Best Play, the nominees for the award are “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Indecent,” “Oslo” and “Sweat.” Written by Lucas Hnath, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is making waves with nominations for eight other awards including Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role. “Oslo,” a play based on the events that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between Israelis and Palestinians follows closely with seven nominations including Best Scenic Design of a Play. “Indecent” and “Sweat” are both nominated for two other awards besides Best Play. When it comes down to the nominations for Best Musical, the nominees are unsurprisingly “Come From Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day The Musical” and “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” Based on a small section of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” “Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812” is at the top of the number of nominations with 12 in total. Unsurprisingly “Dear Evan Hansen” is one of the nominees. Considering the immense popularity the musical has garnered since its release, it not being on the list would have been heartbreaking for the many fans of the show. Besides Best Musical, the show has been nominated for seven other awards including Ben Platt for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre and Best Direction of a Musical. Described by the Tony Awards website as “Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a new American musical about life and the way we live it,” it is easy to see the reason behind the show’s popularity. Coming in for Best Musical and seven nominations each are “Come From Away” and “Groundhog Day The Musical.” As for musical revivals, this year they were brewing up a storm. The nominees for Best Musical Revival are “Falsettos,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Miss Saigon.” When looking at the list none of these come as a surprise due to the success they have had in their rich history. This year “Miss Saigon,” despite not having the most nominations is still making waves as seen with the nomination of Eva Noblezada as Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Kim. Considering how she got the role fresh out of high school in 2013, such a nomination is even more of a great achievement. With much to look forward to, theater fans and others alike should mark their calendars for June 11 to see the theatre highlights from the past year, stellar performances and more.

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