“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” the immersive spectacle based on a slice of “War and Peace,” led the Tony Award nominations Tuesday with 12 nods, including ones for best musical and lead actor Josh Groban.
In a season rich in wildly contrasting material, the other contenders are “Dear Evan Hansen,” with the nominated Ben Platt as an emotionally disturbed teen in an internet spiral (nine); “Groundhog Day,” with the lead actor nominee Andy Karl as a weatherman forced to live the same day over and over (seven); and “Come From Away,” about planes diverted to Newfoundland on 9/11 (seven).
Also reflecting the wide range in subject matter are the nominated plays: Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s Life, Part 2” (eight), the Ibsen sequel with nominations for all four actors, including Laurie Metcalf and Chris Cooper; J.T. Rogers’ “Oslo,” the backstory of the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace accords (seven); Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” the untold story behind a censored breakthrough Yiddish play (three); and Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize winner about blue-collar blues in a depressed Pennsylvania town (three).
In the no-surprise category, the megahit “Hello, Dolly!” led the musical revival list with 10 nominations, including ones for Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. “Falsettos” has five, including nominations for Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells. Nominators showed little love for British imports, with “Miss Saigon” receiving nods only for revival and Eva Noblezada, and nothing for “Cats” or “Sunset Boulevard.” (Glenn Close cannot compete because she won for the original, but everyone else was eligible.)
Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole both will compete with Midler for best actress in a musical. But their show, “War Paint,” is not on the best musical list, even though the rules allow for five in this high-profile category. “A Bronx Tale,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Amelie” were completely shut out.
Sally Field is the sole nominee for the revival of “The Glass Menagerie,” Danny DeVito is the only actor up for a Tony for “The Price,” and Allison Janney is the conspicuous omission in the revival of “Six Degrees of Separation,” which is nominated for play revival and for co-star Corey Hawkins. August Wilson’s “Jitney” has six nominations, including one for actor John Douglas Thompson. Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” is up for six awards, including the performances of Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon and Richard Thomas. “Present Laughter” has three, including one for star Kevin Kline.
Denis Arndt has a best actor nomination, but not co-star Mary-Louise Parker nor the play “Heisenberg.” “Significant Other” — most significantly star Gideon Glick — had no nominations. Cate Blanchett earned the sole nomination for “The Present.” Nathan Lane’s performance was remembered from last fall’s “The Front Page,” but nothing else beyond the sets. Among the omitted big names are Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber. Less famous but painful omissions are Jon Jon Briones in “Miss Saigon,” Michael Xavier in “Sunset Boulevard” and Katrina Lenk in “Indecent.”
The Tony telecast is June 11 on CBS, with Kevin Spacey as host.