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Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 leads 2017 Tony nominations

The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced live Tuesday morning, with the musical Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and the revival of Hello, Dolly! leading the way.

Great Comet, a take on Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, led with 12 nominations, including best musical, best original score, and best performance for lead actor Josh Groban in his Broadway debut. Hello, Dolly! landed 10 nominations, including a nod for lead actress Bette Midler.

Other contenders for best new musical include the heart-wrenching Dear Evan Hansen, the 9/11-based Come From Away, and Groundhog Day, adapted from the 1993 Bill Murray movie. Nominees for best play are A Doll's House, Part 2; Indecent; Oslo; and Sweat.

The 2017 Tony Awards will be hosted by Kevin Spacey and held June 11 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.