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'Evan Hansen,' 'Great Comet,' 'Come From Away': Tony contenders gather to hash it out

'Evan Hansen,' 'Great Comet,' 'Come From Away': Tony contenders gather to hash it out

Sure, “Hamilton” had its eyes on us last year. And “La La Land” started a fire this winter. But this Broadway season of new musicals, which crescendoed with a final crash of openings last week, has been a rousing symphony in its own right.

The range of original shows is eye-opening. The postwar swing of “Bandstand.” The coming-of-age timeliness of “Dear Evan Hansen.” The Tolstoyan immersiveness of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” The idea-stuffed melancholy of “Groundhog Day.” The throwback theatricality of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The feel-good foot-stomping of “Come From Away.”

These half-dozen shows, all eligible for the top Tony Award...

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