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“A Strange Loop” was among the nominees for best new musical. It stars Jaquel Spivey, center, as Usher, a Broadway usher.

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Selected “A Strange Loop,” a new musical that explores the doubts and frustrations facing an aspiring playwright. 11 Tony Nominations Mondaymore than any other show in the post-Broadway first shutdown season.

The musical, which has already won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was written by Michael R. Jackson, and is now the lead contender in the race for the prize with the most economic impact, for Best New Musical.

The race is likely to be tough and close. “strange episodeYou will face five more musicals:MG“A musical biopic of Michael Jackson; ‘Paradise Square’ is about a turning point in race relations in 19th century New York;”six“About Henry VIII’s Wives;”girl from the north“About a boarding house in Depression-era Minnesota; and”mr saturday nightRemake of the classic Billy Crystal movie.

This year’s Tony Awards are the first to honor shows that have opened after the long pandemic shutdown of theaters, and come as the industry is still struggling to recover from the damage the shutdown has caused.

Lyman trilogyAn ambitious look at the rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers financial empire, it catapulted to the fore in the race for best play, and ‘Company’, a reverse-gender revival of a musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Forth, in the race for best musical revival.

A number of famous artists have also recorded nominations, including Sam Rockwell, Mary Louise Parker, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Uzo Aduba, Rachel Drach, Felicia Rashad, Ruth Negga and Patti Lupone. Among the candidates overlooked are: Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Benny Feldstein and Daniel Craig.

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There were 34 eligible shows, of which 29 scored nominations. The nominations were chosen by a group of 29 people who watched all eligible shows and voted last Friday; Then, a group of 650 voters has until June 10 to vote for the nominees, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 12.