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So many noms for Mean Girls, you go Mean Girls! (From left: Erika Henningsen Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman, Kate Rockwell, and Barrett Wilbert Weed in Mean Girls. Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Boneau Bryan-Brown.)

Happy Tony nom day, everybody! This morning, we heard the full list of 2018 Tony Award nominees, straight from the very beautiful lips of announcers Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee. We're especially happy that two of our faves—Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePantsare leading the pack with 12 nods each. And we're even more excited about the jam-packed race for Best Choreographer (Justin Peck! Casey Nicholaw! Christopher Gattelli, twice!).

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Robbins (center) rehearsing West Side Story (photo by Friedman Abeles, courtesy Dance Magazine Archives)

Dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins was undeniably one of the most important figures in American dance. He gifted the dance world with iconic ballets, including Dances at a Gathering, The Cage, The Gershwin Concerto, and New York Export: Opus Jazz, while simultaneously directing and choreographing some of Broadway's biggest hits, including On the Town, The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. October 11, 2018, marks what would have been Robbins' 100th birthday, and ballet companies are pulling out all the stops to celebrate throughout the year.

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The cast of Bandstand at the Tonys (CBS)

The dance-heaviest Broadway shows may not have taken home many of the prizes at last night's Tony Awards (you can find a full list of winners here), but Broadway's big night out still featured some deliciously dance-y performances. Here are the top highlights, for those of you who forgot to set your DVRs.

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The cast of Chicago (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

The Tony Awards are coming! In preparation for Broadway's biggest party—happening June 11th at Radio City Music Hall—we've rounded up 10 especially fabulous musical theater dance moments. (Some of them are actually from Tony ceremonies past.)

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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.

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Happy month of endless Hamilton celebration Tonys season, Broadway fans! This morning, delightful Book of Mormon alums Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James announced the 2016 Tony Award nominees. Can you guess which show not only dominated the list, but actually broke the Tony nomination record—which, fun fact, was previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot? We'll give you .5 seconds. (Don't throw away your shot.)

That's right: In a surprise to pretty much nobody, Hamilton led this year's Tony pack, picking up a staggering 16 noms. That includes nods in all the "biggie" categories (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score), a slew of acting nominations and—YAY!—a nom for genius choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. In fact, the Best Choreography category is crowded with fantastic names this year, including Savion Glover for Shuffle Along and Hofesh Shechter for Fiddler on the Roof.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (center) and the fabulous dancers of Hamilton (photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Hamilton)

Full list of nominations is below. Tune in to the 70th annual Tony Award ceremony June 12 to see what promises to be a fabulous set of performances—and to find out who takes home what. (And hey, Hamilton fans: Get ready for our July/August issue. Just you wait...just you wait.)

Best Play

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton

School of Rock—The Musical

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Waitress

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Blackbird

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star, Steve Martin

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock—The Musical, Julian Fellowes

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bright Star (Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell / Lyrics: Edie Brickell)

Hamilton (Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda)

School of Rock—The Musical (Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber / Lyrics: Glenn Slater)

Waitress (Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Laurie Metcalf, Misery

Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Zachary Levi, She Loves Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Jessie Mueller, Waitress

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans

Bill Camp, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

David Furr, Noises Off

Richard Goulding, King Charles III

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

Andrea Martin, Noises Off

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin

Christopher Oram, Hughie

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho

David Korins, Hamilton

Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Michael Krass, Noises Off

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting

Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Justin Townsend, The Humans

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me

Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton

Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

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After the 69th annual Tony Awards wrapped up last night, I found myself thinking: What a nice little show that was!

And super-duper props to Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming for that. Their cute but understated hosting made the evening feel chummy and intimate, even though it was a ginormous production that must have been insane to orchestrate.

I mean, we saw performances by the casts of 10 different Broadway shows; an "In Memoriam" tribute featuring more than 175 people, one of whom was Josh Groban; appearances by two New York City Ballet principals, one American Ballet Theatre soloist and one Royal Ballet soloist; and, um, a High School Musical reunion (eee!). Only Chenoweth and Cumming—the King and Queen (respectively?) of Broadway—could have made hosting that behemoth look easy. Also, they both have fantastic legs and weren't afraid to show 'em, so, plus 1000 points.

"I said Fun Home, not 'phone home.' " I die. (photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

We heard this circus was going to involve a LOT of dancing, and we were not disappointed. The award for "Most Effort Put Into a Tony Performance" definitely goes to On the Town, whose cast blazed through a dancetastic medley that included Tony Yazbeck waltzing in the aisle with Chita Rivera (YES). The King and I's Kelli O'Hara showed us why she deserved the Tony she won later in the evening by somehow managing to polka in the world's largest hoop skirt. (And then, in one of the night's cutest moments, she did "the worm" offstage after giving her acceptance speech.) The cast of Something Rotten! made fun of every Broadway cliché known to man, including the bring-it-home tap finale, in the most delightful way possible. And Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope classed up the joint with a beautiful, swoony pas de deux (complete with pointe shoes, yay!) from An American in Paris.

So much pretty. (photo Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

While most of the dance-world nominees didn't take home awards last night, big congrats to Christopher Wheeldon, who won the Tony for Best Choreography for his brilliant work on An American in Paris. Let's take a moment to honor him, because the broadcast didn't actually give him one. (Note to the Tonys: Best Choreographer is a big deal. GIVE US THE WHOLE DARN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, NOT A PALTRY SNIPPET.)

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Musical

Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kelli O’Hara, The King and I

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I

Best Revival of a Play

Skylight

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, Something Rotten!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Richard McCabe, The Audience

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Helen Mirren, The Audience

Best Book of a Musical

Lisa Kron, Fun Home

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Fun Home

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris

Best Costume Design of a Play

Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Natasha Katz, An American in Paris

Best Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations

Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris

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