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‘Comet’ and Bette lead 2017 Tony Award noms

Screen Shot of 2017 Tony nominationsLet’s hope that revealing the 2017 Tony Awards  nominations at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center encourage theater lovers to spend as many hours as I did excavating the Theater on Film and Tape Archive.

The Tony Award nominations include, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” came out on top with 12 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score for Dave Malloy, and Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, as well as nods for its two leads: Josh Groban and Denée Benton (both in their Broadway debuts).

Next, the woman whose LPs (look it up) I spent hours listening to in college: the great Bette Midler’s “Hello, Dolly!” earned 10 nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and all four performance categories: Midler for Lead Actress, David Hyde Pierce for Lead Actor, Kate Baldwin for Featured Actress, and Gavin Creel for Featured Actor. I mean, was there any doubt!?

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Behind the scenes rancor troubles Broadway’s potential next hit show

A scene from the production of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” off-Broadway at Ars Nova. (PHOTO: Ben Arons)
A scene from the production of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” off-Broadway at Ars Nova. (PHOTO: Ben Arons)

Does new + old = hot show?

Could “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” be the “Hamilton” of the 2016-17 Broadway season? It was a hot-ticket off-Broadway musical that just started previews this week on the Great White Way. Continue reading Behind the scenes rancor troubles Broadway’s potential next hit show