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2017 Tony Award nominations: the full list

A season crowded with musicals led to a few surprises.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Chad Batka

The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday, May 2, in what’s generally been perceived as a crowded but come-down year for the annual theater honors after last year’s Hamilton blitz.

In a surprising twist, outsider concept musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, adapted from a plot sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, picked up the most nominations of any production, with 12 in all, followed by the recent revival of Hello, Dolly! with 10 and teen musical Dear Evan Hansen with nine.

Also unusually, the Tonys elected to nominate only three musicals instead of the typical four — the maximum number of slots available in any category — in the “Best Revival of a Musical” race, completely shutting out recent acclaimed revival Sunset Boulevard. Another recently acclaimed revival, the limited-run Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal, recently withdrew from Tony consideration, citing the sheer number of “tremendous, soon-to-be long-running new musicals and revivals” in competition for the season’s top honors.

The complete list of nominees is below.

Best Musical

Come From Away

Dear Evan Hansen

Groundhog Day

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Play

A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

Indecent by Paula Vogel

Oslo by J.T. Rogers

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Best Revival of a Musical

Falsettos

Hello, Dolly!

Miss Saigon

Best Revival of a Play

August Wilson’s Jitney

Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

Present Laughter

Six Degrees of Separation

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, Falsettos

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

David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!

Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

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

Christine Ebersole, War Paint

Patti LuPone, War Paint

Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg

Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Jefferson Mays, Oslo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Cate Blanchett, The Present

Jennifer Ehle, Oslo

Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie

Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical

Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!

Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos

Jenn Colella, Come From Away

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, and the Great Comet of 1812

Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos

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 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 Score

David Hein and Irene Sankoff, Come From Away

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen

Tim Minchin, Groundhog Day

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Book of a Musical

David Hein and Irene Sankoff, Come From Away

Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen

Danny Rubin, Groundhog Day

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen

Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day

Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!

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 Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day

Kelly Devine, Come From Away

Denis Jones, Holiday Inn

Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Orchestrations

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand

Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!

Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen

Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho, Anastasia

Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Catherine Zuber, War Paint

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 Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, Groundhog Day

David Korins, War Paint

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

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 Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Come From Away

Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!

Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Jane Cox, August Wilson's Jitney

Donald Holder, Oslo

Jennifer Tipton, A Doll's House, Part 2

Additionally, James Earl Jones will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 ceremony.

The Tonys will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017, and air live at 8 pm Eastern on CBS.

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