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A critic's take on the Tony nominations: Kudos for rewarding inventive shows that take risks

A critic's take on the Tony nominations: Kudos for rewarding inventive shows that take risks

What a difference a year makes.

When the 2016 Tony nominations were announced, the suspense was over how many “Hamilton” would get. The show was a lock in most of the major categories, shifting our interest from competition to coronation.

There is a good deal more uncertainty this year. Yes, you can bet the house on Bette Midler taking the lead actress in a musical prize for her delicious performance in Jerry Zaks’ ecstatic revival of “Hello, Dolly!” And I’m willing to wager the car on Ben Platt winning for lead actor in a musical for his emotionally volcanic...

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