The theater world will be up early and listening carefully on Tuesday morning: Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon are announcing Tony Award nominations — and it promises to be a nail-biter.

With no Broadway show dominating the conversation as in the past with musicals like “Hamilton” or “Dear Evan Hansen,” the nominations this year are more of a toss-up.

Will the exuberant “Be More Chill” lead the pack for the best new musical? Or will the adult “Hadestown”? Or will it be “Tootsie,” the crowd-pleasing show based on the movie?

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast during a performance of the musical
This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows the cast during a performance of the musical “Be More Chill,” in New York. The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. (Maria Baranova/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

The season also saw 14 new plays, including the Northern Irish drama “The Ferryman,” Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a play about Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and the stage adaptation of “Network.”

This image released by Polk & Co. shows Tracy Letts and Annette Bening during a performance of
This image released by Polk & Co. shows Tracy Letts and Annette Bening during a performance of “All My Sons.” The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. (Matthew Murphy/Polk & Co. via AP)
This image released by Polk & Co. shows, from left, Benjamin Walker, Tracy Letts, Annette Bening and Hampton Fluker during a performance of
This image released by Polk & Co. shows, from left, Benjamin Walker, Tracy Letts, Annette Bening and Hampton Fluker during a performance of “All My Sons.” The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. (Matthew Murphy/Polk & Co. via AP)
This image released by Polk & Co. shows Bryan Cranston during a performance of
This image released by Polk & Co. shows Bryan Cranston during a performance of “Network.” The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. (Jan Versweyveld/Polk & Co. via AP)
This image released by DKC/O&M shows, from left, Ephraim Sykes, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin and Jame Harkness in a scene from
This image released by DKC/O&M shows, from left, Ephraim Sykes, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin and Jame Harkness in a scene from “Ain’t Too Proud.” (Matthew Murphy/
This image released by DKC/O&M shows Jeff Daniels during a performance of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.  The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday.  (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP)
This image released by DKC/O&M shows Jeff Daniels during a performance of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. (Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M via AP)

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