Prepare for the Tony Awards with this guide to nominees and playlist

Posted by Chip Chandler on
The Tony Awards will be broadcast Sunday.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

From Hello, Dolly! to Dear Evan Hansen, the best of Broadway will be celebrated Sunday at the annual Tony Awards.

The 71st annual awards will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

I invited Jason Crespin, Amarillo Little Theatre's education director and one of the only people in town whose as obsessed with Broadway as I am, to the studio Tuesday to chat about the season and our predictions for some of the big winners. Check it out below:

2017 Tony Awards Chatter with Chip Chandler and Jason Crespin


Here's Crespin at the announcement of the 2017 Tony Award nominees in May:

Jason Crespin attended the announcement of the 2017 Tony Award nominees in May.
Courtesy Jason Crespin


I've also put together a playlist of some of my favorite tracks from (or representing) this year's musical nominees (and take care, because some of the songs have some adult language):


And if you're not as plugged in yet about this year's major nominees, check out the links below, and click here for a complete list of nominees.


Best Play

A Doll's House, Part 2

"A Doll's House, Part 2"

Lucas Hnath's drama imagines what would happen if Nora, the heroine of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, returned home after slamming the door so decisively. All four performers — Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jane Houdyshell and Condola Rashad — were nominated for Tonys; the show scored eight nominations overall.

About the show

Star Laurie Metcalf




Playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) unearths a little-known bit of Broadway history — when a 1907 production of the Yiddish drama God of Vengeance was shut down on indecency charges because of a lesbian storyline. It netted three nominations.

About the show




J.T. Rogers crafts a thriller based on the crafting of the Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Reviews for the show have been stellar, and it received seven nominations.

About the show




Lynn Nottage won her second Pulitzer Prize for drama for this play about how the threatened closing of a steel plant in Reading, Penn., upends the lives of its workers. It scored three nominations.

About the show



Best Musical

Come From Away

"Welcome to the Rock," cast of "Come from Away"

"Me & the Sky," Jenn Colella and cast of "Come From Away"

This musical finds hope and optimism in the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., focusing on the residents of far-away Gander, Newfoundland, and the 7,000 passengers of 38 flights from around the world who were diverted there and stranded for five days. It was nominated for a total of seven awards.

About the show

Profile of Beverley Bass, a Dallas pilot featured in the show


Dear Evan Hansen

"You Will Be Found," Ben Platt and cast of "Dear Evan Hansen"

"For Forever," Ben Platt of "Dear Evan Hansen"

Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) stars as an awkward teenager who gets caught up in a horribly painful lie after the death by suicide of a classmate. It was nominated for a total of nine awards.

About the show

About star Ben Platt


Groundhog Day the Musical

"Groundhog Day the Musical"

In this adaptation of the cult classic 1992 comedy, jerky weatherman Phil (Andy Karl) is trapped in a day that keeps repeating ... and repeating ... and repeating. Nominated for seven awards.

About the show

About star Andy Karl


Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

This innovative musical, with Josh Groban and newly minted star Denée Benton, adapts a sliver of the weighty War & Peace. It's this year's most-nominated show with 12.

About the show

About the set design

 About star Denée Benton


Best revival of a play

August Wilson's Jitney

August Wilson's "Jitney"

The late Wilson play made its Broadway debut this season and tells the story of unlicensed cabbies in the 1970s. It was nominated for six awards.



John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation

John Guare on "Six Degrees of Separation"

Before the movie helped set off the "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" craze, this was a Broadway drama. It's back with Tony-nominated Corey Hawkins (24: LegacyStraight Outta Compton) in the role Will Smith played in the film, and Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey as the rich New Yorkers he scams. Nominated for two Tonys.



Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes

Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes"

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon swap roles nightly as the ruthless Regina and beatific Birdie in this classic drama. It's up for six awards, including for both actresses.

Profile of Linney and Nixon


Present Laughter

"Present Laughter"

Kevin Kline returns to Broadway in this revival of the Noel Coward classic about a preening actor worried that he's aging. It was nominated for three awards.



Best revival of a musical



A gay man in the late 1970s struggles to remain close to his son and ex-wife while also pursuing a relationship with a man in the first half of this musical by James Lapine and William Finn, originally staged off-Broadway in 1981 as March of the Falsettos, followed in 1990 with Falsettoland, where the characters are now in the 1980s and facing a mysterious disease that's killing their friends. The two were combined as Falsettos and staged on Broadway originally in 1992, then again in 2016-17. This production was filmed for PBS and will air later this year on Live from Lincoln Center, and it's up for five Tonys.

About star Andrew Rannells


Hello, Dolly!

Bette Midler on "Hello, Dolly!"

The inimitable Bette Midler returns to Broadway for the first time in 50 years to star as the meddling, loveable matchmaker Dolly Levi in this classic musical. David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) co-stars as her love interest. It's up for 10 Tonys, including nominations for Midler and Pierce.

Interview with Bette Midler


Miss Saigon

"The Last Night in the World" from "Miss Saigon"

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s follow-up to Les Misérables was an enormous hit when it debuted on Broadway in 1991, and it's back in a new production that had a solid run on the West End in London. It's up for two awards.

About star Eva Noblezada





Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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