“Hamilton” may have been last year’s 800-pound gorilla but it didn’t scare off more than a dozen new musicals and nearly an equal number of new plays.
The subject matter was about as diverse as these things get. A musical about a Canadian town providing love and support after 9/11? An epic retelling of a brief section of “War and Peace”? An original look at the impact of social media? Check. Check. Check.
The year also produced a stellar revival of “Hello, Dolly,” a star turn for Kevin Kline and the performance of a lifetime from “Pitch Perfect” star Ben Platt.
The 2016-17 Broadway season pulled in big bucks, too, suggesting the theater is as vital as it has ever been. Box office results hit a record $1.45 billion for the season, up 5.5 percent from last season, according to the Associated Press.
When the Tony Awards are presented Sunday, it’s likely the list of winners won’t begin to graze the excellence that was on stage.
Shows that tower this year will likely have long lives in theaters across the country as something as simple as “Come From Away” and as complex as “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” find new audiences.
Who will win Sunday?
A look at the likely winners.
BEST PLAY: “Oslo”
BEST REVIVAL/PLAY: “Jitney”
BEST ACTOR/PLAY: Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
BEST ACTRESS/PLAY: Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (with Laura Linney on her heels for “The Little Foxes”)
BEST FEATURED ACTOR/PLAY: Danny DeVito, “The Price”
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS/PLAY: Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”
BEST DIRECTOR/PLAY: Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”
BEST MUSICAL: “Dear Evan Hansen” (with “Come from Away” and “The Great Comet” gaining strength)
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: "Hello, Dolly!"
BEST ACTOR/MUSICAL: Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”
BEST ACTRESS/MUSICAL: Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly”
BEST FEATURED ACTOR/MUSICAL: Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly” (with Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos,” in second position)
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS/MUSICAL: Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen” (Jenn Colella, “Come From Away,” if her show sweeps)
BEST DIRECTOR/MUSICAL: Rachel Chavkin, “The Great Comet”
Look for “Dear Evan Hansen” to score in music categories, “The Great Comet” to win in creative categories.
“Come From Away” and “The Great Comet” could sweep, depending on the mood of the audience, but “Evan Hansen” has enough clout to stay in the hunt.
Kevin Spacey, a past Tony winner, hosts the show, which airs Sunday on CBS.