When is the 2017 Tony Awards? (Host, performers, best picks)

Broadway’s Biggest Night is about to get even more star-studded, as additional artists are slated to appear at the 71st Annual Tony Awards®, which airs live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The impressive line-up now includes:

– Scott Bakula
– Sara Bareilles
– Rachel Bloom
– Glenn Close
– Brian d’Arcy James
– Cynthia Erivo
– Sally Field
– Sutton Foster
– Jonathan Groff
– Mark Hamill
– Christopher Jackson
– Allison Janney
– Nick Kroll
– John Legend
– John Lithgow
– Patina Miller
– Lin-Manuel Miranda
– John Mulaney
– David Oyelowo
– Sarah Paulson
– Lea Salonga
– Tom Sturridge
– Tommy Tune

 As previously announced, Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey will host the event, which will also feature appearances by:

– Orlando Bloom
– Stephen Colbert
– Tina Fey
– Josh Gad
– Josh Groban
– Taraji P. Henson
– Scarlett Johansson
– Anna Kendrick
– Keegan-Michael Key
– Bette Midler
– Ben Platt
– Olivia Wilde

Stay tuned for even more announcements in the lead-up to curtain call.

Tony Awards predictions: Who will win?

Unlike 2016, none of this year’s categories are a foregone conclusion, though there are plenty of standouts.

Best Musical: The Bette Midler-starring revival of “Hello, Dolly!” got a big welcome back to Broadway after a 22-year absence with 10 Tony nominations. It won best musical when it premiered back in 1964, but will being the sentimental favorite be enough to topple the juggernaut of romance and some truly excellent songs that is “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”?

Best Actor in a Musical: New York certainly loves Andy Karl in “Groundhog Day The Musical” as much as London did, where he won an Olivier Award this year for originating the role. But the nuanced, charming portrayal of a high schooler with a secret has earned Ben Platt a nod for “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Best Actress in a Musical: Midler’s shadow looms large over this category, but Broadway newcomer Denée Benton is just luminous in “Great Comet.”

Best Play: Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” has the lion’s share of the buzz, with its depiction of factory workers whose friendship is tested when layoffs begin. Will it be enough to upset “A Doll’s House Part 2,” the most-nominated play in this year’s Tonys?

Best Actor in a Play: Kevin Kline’s well-received turn in “Present Laughter,” the farcical story about the mid-life crisis of a comedic actor is the solid pick here.

Best Actress in a Play: “A Doll’s House Part 2” is bursting with female talent, with Laurie Metcalf as the wife who abandoned her husband and daughter the fiercest of them.

Five original musicals—A Bronx Tale, In Transit, Amélie, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—were shut out come Tuesday morning. While In Transit closed April 16 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and Paramour closed April 16 at the Lyric Theatre (and are the two shows in this breakout list not adapted from a movie), the other three productions continue their Broadway runs. In fact, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has already announced the launch of its national tour in 2018, and has extended its Broadway run to April 2018.

In the musical revival category, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and Sunset Boulevard walked away empty-handed. While Glenn Close’s Norma Desmond was deemed ineligible, many believed Michael Xavier was a contender for Featured Actor in a Musical as her boytoy Joe Gillis.

Also in revival-land, Jon Jon Briones (who was nominated for an Olivier Award for the show’s London engagement) did not receive recognition for his kinetic performance as The Engineer in Miss Saigon.

Expectations were high for playwright Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, which came to Broadway after a sold-out Off-Broadway run in 2015. While the Best Play category was highly competitive this year, it was surprising that Leading Actor Gideon Glick was left out of the nominations for his performance as a young, gay twentysomething struggling to hold onto his friendships and hope for love as his three best girlfriends find love and marriage. Director Trip Cullman was left out, although he was eligible for his work on both Significant Other and Six Degrees of Separation—which was nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Speaking of Six Degrees of Separation, previous Tony nominee Allison Janney was excluded from Best Leading Actress in a Play for her critically acclaimed performance as Ouisa Kittredge. Janney earned Tony nominations in 2009 and 1998 for her performances in 9 to 5 and A View From the Bridge, respectively.

Other big names omitted: Mark Ruffalo for his return to Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Price and Joe Mantello for his onstage return in The Glass Menagerie.

Tony Shalhoub, also in The Price, was traded for his co-star Danny DeVito. Shalhoub had been nominated for both of his previous Broadway outings in Act One and Golden Boy.

Anastasia, one of the most anticipated new musicals of the season (and with one of the healthiest box office advances), received only two nominations: Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Mary Beth Peil) and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho). Overlooked were the show’s veteran writing team, book writer Terrence McNally and the songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who penned nearly 19 additional songs for the Broadway adaptation of their 1997 animated film. Also left off the nominations was leading lady Christy Altomare who soars with the show’s stand-out number “Journey to the Past.”

While Bandstand did earn two nominations (Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations), it didn’t fare as well as its competitors. Leading Actor Corey Cott failed to garner the attention of the Nominating Committee despite his moving performance (and impressive vocals) as war veteran Donny Novitski. His co-star Laura Osnes, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award this season for her role, also went unnoticed by the Committee despite her touching portrayal. The duo behind the book and score for the new American musical (the first stage production to be certified an authentic representation of war veterans by Got Your 6) was nominated only for their orchestrations—despite earning Drama Desk nominations for Book of Musical and Original Score. (It should be noted that this year’s Drama Desks did not consider Dear Evan Hansen or The Great Comet due to Off-Broadway productions of those musicals considered in previous years.)

It’s important to note the category for Best Sound Design of a Play and of a Musical will not be reinstated until the 2018 Tony Awards, yet there could have been strong contenders this year. (After all, the immersive staging of The Great Comet sieged the full house of the Imperial as their playing space.) And, as of now, projection design does not have its own category—though numerous shows this season prominently featured projections such as Anastasia, Amélie, Dear Evan Hansen, Sunset Boulevard, Oslo, Indecent and more.

Best Musical

 

 'Groundhog Day The Musical'

Dear Evan Hansen

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Groundhog Day The Musical

Come From Away

Best Play

 'A Doll's House'

Oslo

Sweat

Indecent

A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

Best Revival of a Musical

'Miss Saigon'

Hello, Dolly!

Falsettos

Miss Saigon

Best Revival of a Play 'Six Degrees of Separation'

  • August Wilson’s Jitney

    Present Laughter

    Six Degrees of Separation

    Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

  • Best Actress in a Musical

     

    Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!'
    Bette Midler in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

    Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

    Patti LuPone, War Paint

    Christine Ebersole, War Paint

    Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

    Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

    Best Actor in a Musical

    Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones in 'Dear Evan Hansen'
    Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

    Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

    Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical

    David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!

    Christian Borle, Falsettos

    Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

     

    Best Actress in a Play

    Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon in 'The Little Foxes'
    Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon in ‘The Little Foxes’

    Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

    Jennifer Ehle, Oslo

    Cate Blanchett, The Present

    Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie

    Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

  • Best Actor in a Play

    Allison Janney  and Corey Hawkins in 'Six Degrees of Separation'
    Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

    Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

    Jefferson Mays, Oslo

    Denis Arndt, Heisenberg

    Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2

    Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation

  • Best Book of a Musical

    'Come From Away'
    ‘Come From Away’
    Matthew Murphy

    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'
    ‘Come From Away’

    Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein

    Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

    Groundhog Day The Musical, Tim Minchin

    Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

    Nicole Scimeca and Mary Beth Peil in 'Anastasia'
    Nicole Scimeca and Mary Beth Peil in ‘Anastasia’y

    Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!

    Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos

    Jenn Colella, Come From Away

    Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

    Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

    Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells in 'Falsettos'
    Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells in ‘Falsettos’

    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 Play

    Michelle Wilson and Johanna Day in 'Sweat'
    Michelle Wilson and Johanna Day in ‘Sweat’

    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 Play

    Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito in 'The Price'
    Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito in ‘The Price’

    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 Scenic Design of a Play

    'Oslo'
    ‘Oslo’
    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    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

    'Groundhog Day The Musical'
    ‘Groundhog Day The 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

      'Present Laughter'
      ‘Present Laughter’

      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

      'War Paint'
      ‘War Paint’
      Courtesy of Joan Marcus

      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

      'Jitney'
      ‘Jitney’

      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

      Lucas Steele and Denee Benton in 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812'
      Lucas Steele and Denee Benton in ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’

      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

      'Oslo'
      ‘Oslo’

      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

      'Hello, Dolly!'
      ‘Hello, Dolly!’

      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

      'Holiday Inn'
      ‘Holiday Inn’

      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

      'Bandstand'
      ‘Bandstand’

      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

SPECIAL TONY AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
A two-time Tony Award-winner, James Earl Jones has performed on stage, television, and in films and continues to receive accolades from every corner of the entertainment industry.

REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD

Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Theater Center
For close to 60 years, DTC’s innovative, dynamic programming has made a significant mark on the Dallas community as well as the American theatre at large, highlighted by its sustained focus on producing new works, supporting a resident acting company, utilizing theatrical space in surprising ways and engaging deeply with the diverse Dallas community.

ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD

Baayork Lee
Baayork Lee

Baayork Lee is the Founder of National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), which is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals who work to showcase the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, educational programming and community outreach. She is best known for creating the role of “Connie” in A Chorus Line, as well as serving as Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on the production, of which she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies.

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.

SPECIAL TONY AWARD

Gareth Fry
Gareth Fry
Pete Malkin
Pete Malkin
Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, Sound Designers for The Encounter

Gareth Fry is an award-winning sound designer best known for creating work for leading UK theatre directors such as John Tiffany, Complicite’s Simon McBurney, Sacha Wares and Katie Mitchell.Pete Malkin has worked extensively with Complicité and Simon McBurney, most recently at the Royal Court on the stage production of Robert Evans’ The Kid Stays in the Picture. He also worked as Associate Sound Designer for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE

Nina Lannan
Nina Lannan
Nina Lannan has served as executive producer and general manager on more than 50 Broadway productions since she began as the assistant general manager on the musical Cats in 1980.
Alan Wasser
Alan Wasser
Alan Wasser was the founder and chairman of Alan Wasser Associates, comprising three companies which specialized in theatrical general management, tour booking, and tour marketing across North America.
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