While Hamiltondominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.
The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.
Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.
Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her first-ever lead role in a Broadway musical -- while Cate Blanchett (The Present), Sally Field (The Glass Menagerie) and Laura Linney (The Little Foxes) are competing for Best Leading Actress in a Play.