Blanchett, Minchin score Tony nods

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The other musicals nominated for the top honor are Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day: The Musical, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (which is nominated in 12 categories and is the most buzzed-about musical since Hamilton).

Groundhog Day The Musical, Come From Away and teen-aged angst drama Dear Evan Hansen, which won rave reviews and took nine nominations, were other best musical nominees.

In the Best Play category, shows like "Oslo" and "A Doll's House Part 2" will likely pick up nominations.

The married co-creators of "Come From Away" were celebrating their six-year-journey from Gander, N.L., to the bright lights of Broadway on Tuesday as their uplifting, made-in-Canada theatrical production scored seven Tony Awards nominations, including a nod for best musical.

Given that Broadway has always been seen as inhospitable to women playwrights, it's notable that two of the nominees for best play were written by women. 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. "And we need to get back into the practice of that", said Jenn Colella, who plays an airline pilot in the show and got a nomination for best featured actress in a musical.

The Tony Award nominations were revealed Tuesday morning.

The 2017 Tony Awards air Sunday, June 11th, 2017, at 8PM on CBS. But it may be worth noting that several productions in the 2016-17 season featured actors of color in roles that did not specifically call for nonwhite performers, including Tony nominees Denée Benton (The Great Comet) and Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2).

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Several other Tony-nominated shows have CT origins. Cox previously received a Tony Award nomination in 2014 in the same category for her work on the play "Machinal".

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.

In the running for best revival of a musical, meanwhile, is "Falsettos, " by veteran composer William Finn, a Natick native who serves as artistic producer of the Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.

Best new play remains a hot race, too, by virtue of the strong entries.

The nominations are in for the forthcoming 71st Tony Awards and it seems "War and Peace" musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" is leading the ranks with a smart twelve nominations to its name.

Best Director of a Play: Sam Gold ("A Doll's House, Part 2"); Ruben Santiago-Hudson ("Jitney"); Bartlett Sher ("Oslo"); Daniel Sullivan ("The Little Foxes"); and Rebecca Taichman ("Indecent").

The acting categories saw nominations for Bette Midler, Kevin Kline, Josh Groban, Danny DeVito and Cate Blanchett.

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