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71st Tony Awards

71st Tony Awards
71st Tony Awards poster.jpg
Date June 11, 2017
Location Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan, New York City
Hosted by Kevin Spacey
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

The 71st Annual Tony Awards were held on June 11, 2017, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2016–17 season. The ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and was broadcast live by CBS.[1] Kevin Spacey served as host.[2]

The musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 led the nominations with 12, while the play with the most nominations was A Doll's House, Part 2, with eight.[3] At the ceremony, Dear Evan Hansen won six awards, including Best Musical, becoming the production with the most wins of the season. The Bette Midler-led revival of Hello, Dolly! won four awards, and The Great Comet won two. The productions of plays The Little Foxes, Indecent, and Oslo each won two awards.[4]

The ceremony received mixed or average reviews from critics, with a Metacritic rating of 53 out of 100, based on 6 reviews.[5]


Shows that opened on Broadway during the 2016–2017 season before April 27, 2017 were eligible for consideration.[6]


  • Though the revival of Sunday in the Park with George would be technically eligible for the year's Tony Awards season, its producers elected to withdraw the show in advance from Tony consideration.[7]

Awards events


The Tony Award nominations were announced on May 2, 2017, by Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson.[6][8]

The musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 garnered 12 nominations, becoming the most-nominated show of the season. The revival of Hello, Dolly! earned 10 nominations, the musical Dear Evan Hansen earned nine, and the new play A Doll's House, Part 2 earned eight. New musicals Come from Away and Groundhog Day each earned seven nominations, as did the new play Oslo.[3]

Other events

The annual Meet the Nominees Press Reception took place on May 3, 2017, at the Sofitel New York Hotel.[9] The annual Nominees Luncheon took place on May 23, 2017, at the Rainbow Room.[10] A cocktail party was held on June 5, 2017, at the Sofitel New York Hotel to celebrate the season's Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre and Special Award recipients.[11]



The ceremony's presenters and performers included:[12][13][14]


The following shows performed on the ceremony's telecast:[15][16]

Non-competitive awards

The 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence were awarded to general managers Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser.[17] Actor James Earl Jones received the season's Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.[18] The 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Award was awarded to Baayork Lee, "for her commitment to future generations of artists through her work with the National Asian Artists Project and theatre education programs around the world."[19] A special Tony Award for Sound Design [20] was awarded to Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin for The Encounter, following the removal of the competitive sound design awards in 2014.

Winners and nominees

Sources: Playbill;[21] The New York Times[22]

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival of a Play Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design in a Play Best Scenic Design in a Musical
Best Costume Design in a Play Best Costume Design in a Musical
Best Lighting Design in a Play Best Lighting Design in a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Orchestrations

∞ This marks Greenwood's 21st Tony Award nomination and first competitive win.

‡ The award is presented to the producer(s) of the musical or play.[23]

Awards and nominations per production

Production Nominations Awards
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 12 2
Hello, Dolly! 10 4
Dear Evan Hansen 9 6
A Doll's House, Part 2 8 1
Come from Away 7 1
Groundhog Day 7 0
Oslo 7 2
Jitney 6 1
The Little Foxes 6 2
Falsettos 5 0
War Paint 4 0
Indecent 3 2
Present Laughter 3 1
Sweat 3 0
Anastasia 2 0
Bandstand 2 1
The Front Page 2 0
Miss Saigon 2 0
Six Degrees of Separation 2 0
The Price 1 0
The Glass Menagerie 1 0
Heisenberg 1 0
Holiday Inn 1 0
The Play That Goes Wrong 1 1
The Present 1 0

Individuals with multiple nominations

  • 3: Dave Malloy
  • 2: Irene Sankoff and David Hein; Santo Loquasto

In Memoriam

Broadway actors Justin Guarini, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Okieriete Onaodowan, David Abeles, and Chuck Cooper performed Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" as images of theatre personalities who died in the past year were shown in the following order.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Breaking News: Tony Awards Will Return to Radio City Music Hall", Playbill, January 12, 2017
  2. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Kevin Spacey Will Host the 2017 Tony Awards" Playbill, April 18, 2017
  3. ^ a b Kelley, Seth. "Tony Nominations Announced: Full List of 2017 Nominees", Variety, May 2, 2017, accessed June 11, 2017
  4. ^ "2017 Tony awards winners: full list". The Guardian. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Tony Awards: Season 71". Metacritic. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Calendar",, December 13, 2016
  7. ^ Wontorek, Paul. "Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford & Sunday in the Park with George Won't Compete in 2017 Tony Awards Race",, February 3, 2017
  8. ^ "Christopher Jackson & Jane Krakowski to Announce 2017 Tony Award Nominations". Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Meet the 2017 Tony Nominees | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  10. ^ "Inside the Annual Pre-Tonys Luncheon at the Rainbow Room". Vogue. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  11. ^ "Cheers to the 2017 Tony Awards: Inside the Honors Cocktail Party | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  12. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (May 31, 2017). "Tina Fey, Josh Gad, Stephen Colbert & More to Appear on 2017 Tony Awards". Broadway Buzz. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo & More Set to Appear on the 2017 Tony Awards". Broadway Buzz. June 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  14. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 12, 2017). "Review of 71st Annual Tony Awards". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ Amiri, Farnoush (June 11, 2017). "Tonys: Kevin Spacey Spoofs 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Sunset Boulevard' in Opening Medley". The Hollywood Reporter. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ McPhee, Ryan; Gewirtzman, David (June 12, 2017). "Watch the Musical Performances From the 2017 Tony Awards". Playbill. TotalTheater. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser Will Receive 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre", Playbill, April 20, 2017
  18. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Legendary Actor James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Tony Award". Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Baayork Lee Named Recipient of 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award", Playbill, April 25, 2017
  20. ^ "Two Sound Designers for The Encounter Will Receive Special Tony Awards | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  21. ^ "2017 Tony Award Nominations: The Great Comet and Hello, Dolly! Lead the Pack | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  22. ^ Paulson, Michael (2017-05-02). "2017 Tony Awards: 'Great Comet' Leads With 12 Nominations". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  23. ^ "The Tony Awards – - Category by Category", accessed June 6, 2016
  24. ^ Platon, Adelle (June 11, 2017). "Justin Guarini Helps Pay Tribute to Late Theater Legends Performing Boyz II Men Classic at Tony Awards 2017". Billboard. 

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