‘Sweat,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ and More: Here Are 2017’s Tony Nominees

After a live stream — announced by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson — earlier this morning, the list of 2017 Tony nominees is complete, and it features, you’ll never guess: shows! And actors!

Only one of the shows (Groundhog Day the Musical) nominated in the musical category also falls into the “Adaptation of a Film That Maybe Didn’t Need to Become a Broadway Musical But Is Actually Somehow Supposed to Be Good” category. The show that received the most nominations is actually pretty weird for Broadway — it is still an adaptation, but one based on a bit of the otherwise damn unadaptable-as-a-whole War and Peace. The Ars Nova-incubated immersive pop opera (I can see where to some that combination of words might elicit a pained grimace) starring Josh Groban (perhaps another grimace?) and Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, earned 12 nominations, with Groban and Benton earning actress and actor in a musical nominations.

Dear Evan Hansen, about a teenage suicide, and another high schooler who gets caught in increasingly elaborate lies about his friendship with the boy who died, also scored a number of nods, and the Washington Post deemed it the frontrunner for the Best Musical category due to its critical success. Come From Away, likewise nominated for Best Musical, is also an unexpected story to set to showtunes, based on the events following September 11 in the small Newfoundland town of Gander, where 38 planes had to land following the attacks in the States.

The recent, Bette Midler-starring revival of Hello Dolly landed a close second, following Great Comet, with 10 nominations. (Hilton Als’ piece on the musical rightfully focused on Midler’s skill over the revived show itself: “The role of Dolly isn’t necessarily tailor-made for Midler—she’s infinitely more complicated and funny and there isn’t a corny bone in her body—but she has remade the character in her own image: as a scrappy trickster with needs and vulnerabilities,” he wrote.”)

As for plays in which people don’t break out into song, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, which just earned her the Pulitzer, was nominated for Best Play, and also scored Best Actress nominations for its two leads, Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (playing old friends, hanging in a bar, who used to work in a factory together; and who’ve been subtly driven apart by matters of poverty, race, and other hardships beleaguering America’s neglected working class.) Paula Vogel, another Pulitzer winner (for How I Learned to Drive), got a nod for best play for Indecent, her Broadway debut about the 1922 play God of Vengeance, a Yiddish piece of theater that caused a scandal in New York due to an onstage kiss between two women. Notable among the nominees for theatrical revivals were Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s production of August Wilson’s Jitney (also nominated for best director, best featured actor for John Douglas Thompson, and a bunch of technical awards), the Alison Janney-starring Six Degrees of Separation, and the production of Lillian Helman’s The Little Foxes, in which Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney rotate characters on different evenings. (Linney scored a nomination for “Best Lead Actress,” while Nixon got one for “Best Featured Actress.”)

Cate Blanchett won a nomination for her lauded performance in the otherwise panned Chekhov adaptation, The Present. The perennially amazing Laurie Metcalf and Chris Cooper were both nominated for their lead performances in the Sam Gold-directed production of A Doll’s House, Part 2, a sequel of sorts to Henrik Ibsen’s classic, written by Lucas Hnath. That play was also nominated for Best Play, and Condola Rashad earned a features actress nom for it.

James Earl Jones will be taking home an immensely deserved lifetime achievement award.

Here’s the full list of nominees (h/t Washington Post):

Best play
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Indecent
Oslo
Sweat

Best musical
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day The Musical
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best book of a musical
Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson
Groundhog Day The Musical, Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theatre
Come From Away, Music and lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen, Music and lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Groundhog Day The Musical, Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Music and lyrics: Dave Malloy

Best revival of a play
Jitney
The Little Foxes
Present Laughter
Six Degrees of Separation

Best revival of a musical
Falsettos
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play
Michael Aronov, “Oslo”
Danny DeVito, “Arthur Miller’s The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson, “August Wilson’s Jitney”

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

Best scenic design of a play
David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo

Best scenic design of a musical
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best costume design of a play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best costume design of a musical
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

Best lighting design of a play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best lighting design of a musical
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

Best direction of a play
Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best direction of a musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

Best choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best orchestrations
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812