On 11th June 2017, The Tony Awards will return to our screens. Ahead of this, here are a few of my predictions for the 2017 nominees.
Dear Evan Hansen
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a new musical that centres around “A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have”. Within the theatre community it is one of the most talked about musicals just now, meaning that it is a very strong contender for Best Musical.
Best Revival of a Musical
This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, starring Glenn Close, has gained a lot of love due to Close’s triumphant return to the part (Norma Desmond) that gained her a Tony back in 1995.
With ticket sales reaching more than $9 million on the first day, this revival officially broke the record for best opening day sales in the history of Broadway. I would be very surprised if this revival didn’t get a nomination. But with such a strong category, who knows?
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen)
With the amount of publicity that ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ has been receiving, its leading actor Ben Platt has been getting overwhelming amounts of praise for his portrayal in the titular role. It would be no shock to see him recognised in this category for his performance.
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
At only 20 years old, Eva Noblezada has been a big hit with fans of the show for her vulnerable and raw performance as Kim. Personally, I think she has a good chance of being nominated in this tough category.
As mentioned, the broadway revival of ‘Hello, Dolly! has broken ticket sale records. I have no doubt in my mind that this means the brilliantly talented Bette Midler will be nominated for Best Actress in a Musical.