Select list of nominees for 2017 Tony Awards

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"Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" a musical at the center of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" leading the pack with 12 Tony Award nominations, including "Best New Musical" along with "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Groundhog Day".

"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" will compete for the best new musical Tony with "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Groundhog Day".

Revival of a play: August Wilson's Jitney; Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes; Present Laughter; Six Degrees of Separation.

In addition to Benton and Midler, the nominees for best lead actress in a musical are Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole for "War Paint" (they play rival cosmetics executives Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden) and Eva Noblezada for "Miss Saigon". Instead, the spot many figured was reserved for her went to Sally Field for her work in the polarizing new revival of The Glass Menagerie.

In just a few hours we will know who will be vying for Broadway's highest honor at the 71st annual Tony Awards. His main challenger is Andy Karl, who stars as the weatherman Phil Connors in "Groundhog Day".

The 2017 Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will be announced June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Dear Evan Hansen's excellent Mike Faist for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; the sheer volume of contenders means that the featured categories are usually the doors through which dark horses can bolt in.

After picking up an Oscar for Best Original Song for La La Land's "City of Stars" the songwriting duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul find themselves nominated here for Best Original Score for Dear Evan Hansen.

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, Michelle Wilson, left, and Johanna Day during a performance of Lynn Nottage's play, "Sweat", at Studio 54 in NY.

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Platt invited his mother to NY to join him in listening to the nominations. A revival of the 53-year-old "Hello, Dolly!" about a brassy matchmaker earned 10.

As for the famous people, Bette Midler is nominated this year for a Tony for the first time, even though she already has a Tony.

In the race for Best Play, everyone expected a three horse race between Oslo, Indecent, and Pulitzer Prize victor Sweat.

They were nominated for awards on Tuesday, he as best leading actor in a musical, she as best leading actress in a musical.

The musical adaptation of the classic 1993 film has won best new musical at the UK's Olivier Awards.

This year's leader in Tony nominations, "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812", has a lot in common with last year's leader, "Hamilton".

Speaking of rules, it is surely time for the Tony Administration Committee to reconsider its ill-advised 2014 change to the four top categories for shows. Also excluded were A Bronx Tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Amélie, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats, which remain open.

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