2017 Tony Awards: Reactions to shocking Tony nominees (‘Miss Saigon’) and snubs (Allison Janney)

The 2017 Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, May 2, and there were some significant omissions across the board. Writes our theater-savvy contributor Sam Eckmann in our forums, ” I was surprised how consolidated the nominations were around several shows. There are a lot of productions completely shut out: ‘Significant Other,’ ‘A Bronx Tale,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Les Liaisons Dangerueses,’ ‘The Encounter’ (not counting its special Tony), as well as the assumed shut outs for the likes of ‘Amelie,’ ‘Cats,’ ‘Paramour’ etc.”

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Among the snubs that surprised our derbyites the most was Allison Janney, missing from the Best Actress in a Play lineup for her performance in “Six Degrees of Separation.” But the production did score her co-star Corey Hawkins a bid for Best Actor, and the show is up for Best Play Revival.

Just as surprising as the contenders left out were some of the shows and performers who did make the cut. Our forums are buzzing about the surprising strength of “Miss Saigon,” which contends for Best Musical Revival and Best Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada). And down in the race for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, there’s a lot of excitement around the bid for Mike Faist for “Dear Evan Hansen,” which according to many signals how much strong support there is for that show, which some are calling a “lock” for Best Musical.

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Read more of our forum posters’ comments below, and join the discussion with your fellow theater fans here.

Best Musical and Best Musical Revival

Djoko: “‘Hello Dolly!’ is locked for Musical Revival.”

Lindsayisagoddess: “‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a lock for Musical and Score, with a shot at Book, though that may end up going to ‘Come from Away.'”

FreemanGriffin: “‘Bandstand’ only got two nominations — Boo!”

Djoko: “‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is looking almost like a lock for Best Musical.”

Andrew Carden: “ZERO nominations for ‘Sunset Boulevard’?!”

KyleBailey: “Knives were out for Andrew Lloyd Webber this morning! Sad to see ‘Sunset’ not get Revival or Orchestrations.”

Djoko: “I suspect ‘Sunset’ got shut out because it was too similar to its 1995 production, but I’m surprised it still didn’t get Revival and Orchestrations noms.”

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Musical Acting Categories

adamunc: “‘Anastasia’ got a little slapped by having Altomare left off in favor of Noblezada, who was ‘Saigon’s’ only nomination other than Revival.”

Lindsayisagoddess: “Noblezada was the only contender for leading actress I thought definitely wouldn’t get it, but lo and behold.”

KyleBailey: “I did drop Philippa [from Best Actress in a Musical] two days ago but went for Christy not Eva.”

adamunc: “Is this the year that Gavin Creel gets his Tony? Good as Rannells and Uranowitz were, it’s an uphill climb for nominees in musicals to win for closed shows, especially against other nominees in currently-running hits.”

SamEckmann: “I think Creel gets it. If only one ‘Falsettos’ man was in, then I’d say one of them actually has a shot (the industry loved that show, even if its been gone for a while). But Creel is a past nominee in the biggest hit of the season, and I think there’s a feeling of ‘it’s time.'”

Maxwell: “I’d say Steele is the clear frontrunner [for Featured Actor in a Musical]; he’s electric and nearly carries the show. And he may be a representative win for the show. Creel right behind him though. I don’t think any of the other three have a shot.”

David Buchanan: “Why did I take Mary Beth Peil out of my predictions at 1:30am?!”

adamunc: “Mike Faist seems to be one of those unexpected nominations that indicates there is much love for ‘Dear Evan Hansen.'”

Lindsayisagoddess: “Biggest surprise was definitely Mike Faist. I would never have thought of him over Michael Park or Will Roland.”

M H: “I know I am greedy given the 12 nominations [‘The Great Comet’] received, but I was really hoping for Amber Gray to get in Featured Actress. Her Helene is a force of nature.”

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Best Play and Best Play Revival

Djoko: “I can’t wait to see ‘Oslo’ win best play. I knew it would be a powerhouse after I saw it off-Broadway last year.”

Nate: “I’m glad ‘Sweat’ managed a couple of acting nominations, but I was hoping for a much better showing for that show. I hope it can still win Best Play!”

Djoko: “Even though ‘A Doll’s House Partt 2’ got eight noms, ‘Oslo’ is still the frontrunner with seven noms. I don’t see ‘Indecent’ contending with its 3 noms.”

Djoko: “‘The Little Foxes’ is almost locked for Play Revival.”

Play Acting Categories

Nate: “The play acting races are much more unexpected, especially with no Allison Janney (I guess only so many multiple Emmy winners could be included).”

Atypical: “That Janney snub!”

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