Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett and Kevin Klein Headline Tony Award Nominees

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Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney and Sally Field will battle it out for the Best Actress in a Play trophy at the 2017 Tony Awards.

Australian actress Blanchett received critical acclaim for her role in The Present, while Oscar-winning star Filed is nominated for The Glass Menagerie. Linney has been recognized for her part in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, but all three will have to compete against Jennifer Ehle for Oslo and Laurie Metcalf for A Doll’s House, Part 2 if they want to take home the award.

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On the musical front, Bette Midler’s Hello, Dolly! revival, which had been tipped to receive nominations for this year’s ceremony, saw her nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical prize. She also has some tough competition though, from Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole for War Paint, Denee Benton for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Eva Noblezada for Miss Saigon. Kevin Kline is among the actors up for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play award, thanks to his role in Present Laughter, while Denis Arndt is up for Heisenberg, Jefferson Mays for Oslo, Corey Hawkins for Six Degrees of Separation and Chris Cooper for A Doll’s House, Part 2. Frasier star David Hyde Pierce has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, but will have to battle it out against Josh Groban for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. The pair will also have to beat Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen, Andy Karl for Groundhog Day and Christian Borle for Falsettos to take home the award. Oslo and A Doll’s House, Part 2 are also up for the prestigious Best Play award, alongside Sweat and Indecent. Dear Evan Hensen, Come From Away, Groundhog Day and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 are the productions nominated for Best Musical, while Hello Dolly! is nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, along with Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. James Earl Jones will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominations were announced on Tuesday by Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, with 846 Tony voters now given the job of deciding the winners. The 2017 Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will take place on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The nominees in the main categories for the 2017 Tony Awards are as follows: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Denis Arndt – Heisenberg Chris Cooper – A Doll’s House, Part 2 Jefferson Mays – Oslo Corey Hawkins – Six Degrees of Separation Kevin Kline – Present Laughter Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Jennifer Ehle – Oslo Laurie Metcalf – A Doll’s House, Part 2. Cate Blanchett – The Present Laura Linney – Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes Sally Field – The Glass Menagerie Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Ben Platt – Dear Evan Hansen Andy Karl – Groundhog Day Josh Groban – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 David Hyde Pierce – Hello, Dolly! Christian Borle – Falsettos Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patti LuPone – War Paint Christine Ebersole – War Paint Denee Benton – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Bette Middler – Hello, Dolly! Eva Noblezada – Miss Saigon Best Play: Oslo A Doll’s House, Part 2. Sweat Indecent Best Musical: Dear Evan Hensen Come From Away Groundhog Day Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Best Revival of a Play: Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes Six Degrees of Separation Present Laughter Jitney Best Revival of a Musical: Hello, Dolly! Miss Saigon Falsettos Best Direction of a Play: Sam Gold – A Doll’s House, Part 2 Bartlett Sher – Oslo Rebecca Taichman – Indecent Ruben Santiago-Hudson – August Wilson’s Jitney Daniel Sullivan – Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes Best Direction of a Musical: Jerry Zaks – Hello, Dolly! Christopher Ashley – Come From Away Michael Greif – Dear Evan Hansen Rachel Chavkin – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Matthew Warchus – Groundhog Day Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler – Bandstand Peter Darling & Ellen Kane – Groundhog Day Sam Pinkleton – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Kelly Devine – Come From Away Denis Jones – Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Best Score: David Hein & Irene Sankoff – Come From Away Dave Malloy – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Tim Minchin – Groundhog Day Benj Pasek & Justin Paul – Dear Evan Hansen Best Orchestrations: Bill Elliott & Greg Anthony Rassen – Bandstand Dave Malloy – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Larry Hochman – Hello, Dolly! Alex Lacamoire – Dear Evan Hansen Best Book of a Musical: David Hein & Irene Sankoff – Come From Away Steven Levenson – Dear Evan Hansen Dave Malloy – Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Danny Rubin – Groundhog Day

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