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

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(The record for Tony wins is still held by "The Producers", with 12.) Midler, as expected, was one of five women nominated in the particularly rich category of best actress in a musical. The underappreciated Bandstand and Anastasia remain underappreciated, perhaps in part because the Tony nominators tend to vote in slates for shows they like-though set designer David Korins was, somewhat unexpectedly, nominated for War Paint instead of for his equally fine work in Dear Evan Hansen. His musical will now compete for the best new musical Tony with "Come From Away", "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Groundhog Day".

The show was also nominated for best musical in Broadway's leading accolades, while Danny Rubin's book, based on his screenplay of the 1993 movie, was nominated for the best book. Tonight's performance of "Dear Evan Hansen" he predicted would have an extra bounce.

Ben Platt from "Dear Evan Hansen" and Andy Karl from "Groundhog Day" are the frontrunners for Best Actor in a Musical.

Lastly, the revival of Falsettos celebrated nominations for Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, and two featured actors: Andrew Rannells and Brandon Uranowitz.

Revival of a Musical: "Falsettos", "Hello, Dolly", and "Miss Saigon". The Tony nominations were disappointing in comparison, but this was an unusually competitive year for Broadway musicals.

Select nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards, announced Tuesday.

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Johanna Day (Tracey in "Sweat"); Jayne Houdyshell (Anne Marie in "A Doll's House, Part 2"); Cynthia Nixon (Birdie Hubbard in "The Little Foxes"); Condola Rashad (Emmy in "A Doll's House, Part 2"); and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia in "Sweat").

"Come From Away", which is co-produced by Coeur d'Alene's Laura Little, earned seven nominations, including best book, original score, lighting and direction.

All four playwrights who received nominations for Best Play did so with their Broadway debuts, with a split of two men and two women.

Costume drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses received no Tony nominations, not even for Tom Scutt's intricate costumes.

Larry Hochman, who earned a nomination past year for orchestrating She Loves Me, is once again nominated for his work on another classic revival: Hello, Dolly!

While 11 musicals and 14 plays collected nominations this morning, 11other shows were overlooked by the Nominating Committee. (10 nominations) but took a laudable risk with Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, a new play's struggled despite ecstatic notices; its eight nominations should help pump the Golden Theatre box office. And while big names like Josh Groban, Bette Midler, and Kevin Kline scored themselves nominations, not everybody was as lucky this morning.

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