Tony nominations for 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Come From Away,' Bette and Sally

They gathered for a potluck meal in Gander - the town that nearly doubled in population on September 11, 2001 when terror attacks closed USA air space.

"Come From Away" is only the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for best musical, following 2006's "The Drowsy Chaperone", which won five awards. Yet the talented young performer gave us the most delightful twist of the morning as he managed break through and earn the first nomination of his young career.

The show arrived on Broadway just as a debate over immigration and open borders has reignited following the Trump administration's push for a ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim nations. Colella hopes her musical is a salve.

"We've got people all over the world sending us congratulations".

Nominees for best new play include "A Doll's House, Part 2", "Indecent", "Oslo" and "Sweat".

"Come From Away" earned mostly rave reviews when the production made its Broadway debut. "Growing up in Canada has been such a gift and I'm just glad to give something back". "To finally make it here is pretty nice and to be in this company is an honor".

Over the years he has starred in many productions both in NY and in London's West End, including Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear, as well as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Of Mice And Men.

Tim Minchin has been shortlisted for a Tony Award for his Groundhog Day score.

The long-term fate of many shows now on Broadway often rests on how many nominations — and later wins — they can accumulate. The quirky coming-of-age musical "Dear Evan Hansen" earned nine.

Ben Platt, center, in "Dear Evan Hansen."

Platt, who has been with the show since its inception, invited his mother to fly to NY and watch the nominations.

This image released by O&M/DKC shows a performance of "Dear Evan Hansen". "How could it not?" he joked.

This year, there are 24 competitive Tony categories.

Final Tony winners will be determined by some 850 industry insiders. Broadway's biggest night will be Sunday, June 11, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Cate Blanchett is up a best actress Tony for her Broadway debut in "The Present". The nostalgia-laden mob show A Bronx Tale and the a cappella musical In Transit were similarly shunned, as was a rejiggered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The nominations were announced by Christopher Jackson (Bull, Hamilton) and Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

"Falsettos" will be in competition with "Hello, Dolly!" and "Miss Saigon".

Competing for best revival of a play will be August Wilson's "Jitney, " Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes, " John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation, " and Noel Coward's "Present Laughter".

Broadway musicals Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler, dominate this year's Tony Awards nominations.

Meanwhile, Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is nominated for Hello, Dolly! and Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon for The Little Foxes.

J.T. Rogers' Oslo features Southern Methodist University alumnus Michael Aronov, who was nominated as an actor in the best featured role in a play category.

  • Salvatore Jensen