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Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Entertainment | By Johnnie Parsons

Midler, Blanchett, Field score Tony nominations for best of Broadway

Midler, Blanchett, Field score Tony nominations for best of Broadway

Come From Away focuses on how the residents of Gander, N.L., welcomed thousands of stranded travellers on September 11, 2001. Platt, the star of “Dear Evan Hansen, ” with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the recent Oscar winners for "City of Stars" from the movie “La La Land, ” is a shoo-in for a nomination for best actor in a musical. "We all get up and we go for it", he said. Meanwhile, stars Josh Groban, Denée Benton and Lucas Steele are named among Best Leading Actors, Best Leading Actresses and Best Featured Actors respectively. The biggest crown is the best new musical trophy and most observers expect “Dear Evan Hansen” _ a critical and box office hit _ to easily claim a nomination.

Producer Michael Rubinoff was celebrating in Gander, N.L., where residents opened their homes and hearts to thousands of USA passengers who were stranded after US airspace was temporarily closed after the attacks in 2001.

"What they did - it's just such an honour to be sharing it and to be having that recognized". It's a deep, great season with people really putting themselves out there - writers and directors and producers and actors.

Four American writers, each making a Broadway debut, will vie for the best play prize.

Performers Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson announced the nominees for the 71st annual awards, revealed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. LuPone, 68, is already a two-time Tony Award victor, who is appearing in War Paint.

There's also a strong Texas connection with Come From Away, which received seven nominations, including best performance by an actress in a featured role for Jenn Colella.

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Karl's magnetic performance has come to seem nearly heroic, given that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament three days before the show opened and is performing in a knee brace. And "Come From Away", which has won tourists' hearts as well as the attention of Tony voters with a stake in touring profits, could realistically pull off an upset.

They like Bette Midler, they really like Bette Midler. It's encouraging that Nottage ("Ruined") and Vogel ("How I Learned to Drive"), two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatists, are finally on Broadway after years of being bypassed for the latest David Mamet doodle.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the most produced composer on Broadway, a distinction that will win him no Tony Awards in 2017.

Tresnjak won a Tony for the previous Hartford Stage to Broadway transfer, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder", but was not nominated Tuesday for "Anastasia". Both women made their Broadway debuts this season. Prior to its arrival in NY, the musical was staged in La Jolla, Calif., Washington, D.C., Seattle and Toronto.

Blanchett and Roxburgh were joined on stage at New York's historic Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 11 other members of the Australian theatre company.

Other shows that grabbed multiple Tony nominations include a revival of the 53-year-old "Hello, Dolly!" about a brassy matchmaker, which earned 10. With 12 nominations, this scored the most of any show. "Come From Away", the 9/11-themed musical that had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, has become the season's sleeper. "I was just so proud", said Sankoff.

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