Tony Nominations were announced about two weeks ago – A nomination year that came with predicable nominees, many surprises and in my opinion….many snubs. But instead of going into that I’m just going to give you a brief overview of the 4 Musicals nominated for the 2017 Best Musical category!
The Great Comet of 1812
The most nominated show of the season with 12 Tony Award Nominations!
Natasha, Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812 stars multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban in his Broadway debut. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this “vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical” (The New York Times) is “stunning and blazingly original” (Entertainment Weekly) and brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball” (The New York Times) of romance and passion.
NATASHA IS YOUNG, ANATOLE IS HOT, AND ANDREY ISN’T HERE… BUT WHAT ABOUT PIERRE? Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.
“One of the decade’s best musicals” (Time Out New York), THE GREAT COMET has “rousing music and ravishing performances” (Daily News) with a groundbreaking score that mixes rock, pop, soul, folk and electronic dance music with classic Broadway. THE GREAT COMET arrives fresh off its sold-out run in Boston and its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere. Its renowned creative team has reimagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience which is “thrilling, a feast for the senses” (Associated Press) and
“inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic” (New York Post).
(summary taken from greatcometbroadway.com)
Other 2017 Tony Award Nominations for The Great Comet Include:
Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Josh Groban), Best Actress in a Musical (Denée Benton), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Lucas Steele), Best Book (Dave Malloy), Best Score (Dave Malloy), Best Scenic Design (Mimi Lien), Best Costume Design (Paloma Young), Best Lighting Design (Bradley King), Best Direction (Rachel Chavkin), Best Choreography (Sam Pinkleton), Best Orchestrations (Dave Malloy)
Dear Evan Hansen
9 Tony Award Nominations!
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.
All his life, Evan Hansen has felt invisible. But when a tragic event shocks the community and thrusts him into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy, Evan is given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be somebody else.
(summary taken from dearevanhansen.com)
Other 2017 Tony Award Nominations for Dear Evan Hansen Include:
Best Musical, Best Actor (Ben Platt), Best Featured Actor (Mike Faist), Best Featured Actress (Rachel Bay Jones), Best Book (Steven Levenson), Best Score (Benj Pasek & Justin Paul), Best Lighting Design (Japhy Weiderman), Best Direction (Michael Greif), Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire)
Come From Away
7 Tony Award Nominations!
COME FROM AWAY takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
(summary taken from comefromaway.com)
Other 2017 Tony Award Nominations for Come From Away Include:
Best Musical, Best Actress (Jenn Colella), Best Book (Irene Sankoff & David Hein), Best Score (Irene Sankoff & David Hein), Best Lighting Design (Howell Binkley), Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley), Best Choreography (Kelly Devine)
7 Tony Award Nominations!
Meet Phil Connors, a disgruntled big-city weatherman mysteriously stuck in small-town America reliving the same day over and over and over again—with no consequences, no regrets, no tomorrows, and no hangovers. But once he starts getting to know associate TV producer Rita Hanson, he discovers it’s a day of second, third and fourth chances.
Based on the iconic film, GROUNDHOG DAY The Musical is reimagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda The Musical—including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin—with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. Starring two-time Tony Award® nominee Andy Karl, GROUNDHOG DAY is the new musical comedy about living life to the fullest, one day at a time.
(summary taken from groundhogdaymusical.com)
Other 2017 Tony Award Nominations for Groundhog Day Include:
Best Musical, Best Actor (Andy Karl), Best Book (Danny Rubin), Best Score (Tim Minchin), Best Scenic Design (Rob Howell), Best Direction (Matthew Warchus), Best Choreography (Peter Darling and Ellen Kane)
Check out the Tony Awards on June 11th @ 8 PM on CBS to see which one of these incredible shows takes the Tony for Best Musical!