Friday, June 9, 2017

Kevin Spacey Hosts the 71st Annual Tony Awards

2017 Tony Awards
Kevin Spacey hosts the 2017 Tony Awards (CBS)

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Often other networks try not to compete when award shows are being aired, but that doesn’t appear to be the case this Sunday when CBS airs the 71st Annual Tony Awards. Okay, maybe NBC isn’t too serious with a 2-hour long The Incredible Dog Challenge, but both ABC and FOX are premiering new summer shows.

Of course, when compared to the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys, the Tony Awards pale in comparison, but it is still a big night with some big performances and even bigger host, so it will be interesting to see how everybody does with their ratings this week.

This year, CBS is stepping up its game with Kevin Spacey hosting the award show telecast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Musical number highlights include cast performances from 2017-nominated shows Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Falsettos, Groundhog Day The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and War Paint, with additional performances by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and the Radio City Rockettes.

This year’s award presenters include: Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Chris Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chaz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Ben Platt, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune and Olivia Wilde.

This year’s Tony nominees include:
Best Musical:
Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Groundhog Day The Musical and Come From Away


Best Play:
Oslo, Sweat, Indecent and A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Revival of a Musical:
Hello, Dolly!, Falsettos and Miss Saigon

Best Revival of a Play:
August Wilson’s Jitney, Present Laughter, Six Degrees of Separation and Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Best Actress in a Musical:
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!, Patti LuPone, War Paint, Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best Actor in a Musical:
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen, Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical, Christian Borle, Falsettos, Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Actress in a Play:
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:
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter, Jennifer 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, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson, Groundhog Day The Musical, Danny Rubin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912, Dave Malloy

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Groundhog Day The Musical, Tim Minchin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912, Dave Malloy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical, David Korins, War Paint, Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Costume Design of a Play:
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:
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:
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent, Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney, Donald Holder, Oslo, Jennifer Tipton, Oslo

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
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:
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:
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:
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand, Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical, Kevin Devine, Come From Away, Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical, Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations:
Bill Elliot and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand, Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!, Alex Lacamoire, Hello, Dolly!, Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
James Earl Jones

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