Lucas Steele and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Chad Batka)
Look: The Hamiltonlovefest at last year's Tony Awards was amazing, but it also made the whole Tony extravaganza seem a little...predictable. So it was nice to feel some real suspense before the announcement of this year's nominees, which took place this morning at NYC's Lincoln Center.
Who's leading the 2017 Tony pack? Two of our dance-y favorites, as it turns out: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 earned 12 noms, including one for Sam Pinkleton for Best Choreography, and Hello, Dolly! nabbed 10.
Here are all the musical theater nominations (for the complete Tony nominee list, click here):
Best Musical Come From Away Dear Evan Hansen Groundhog Day Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Revival of a Musical Falsettos Hello, Dolly! Miss Saigon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Christian Borle, Falsettos Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly! Andy Karl, Groundhog Day Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Christine Ebersole, War Paint Patti LuPone, War Paint Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly! Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen Andrew Rannells, Falsettos Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly! Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos Jenn Colella, Come From Away Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Best Score Come From Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Groundhog Day, Tim Minchin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy
Best Book of a Musical Come From Away, David Hein and Irene Sankoff Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson Groundhog Day, Danny Rubin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy
Best Direction of a Musical Christopher Ashley, Come From Away Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!
Best Choreography Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day Kelly Devine, Come From Away Denis Jones, Holiday Inn Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Orchestrations Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly! Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, Anastasia Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly! Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Catherine Zuber, War Paint
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Rob Howell, Groundhog Day David Korins, War Paint Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Best Lighting Design of a Musical Howell Binkley, Come From Away Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly! Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: