Tulsa-based Square 1 Theatrics received its third Tony Award nomination as co-producers of the acclaimed musical “Come From Away.”

The musical, about the small Canadian town that welcomed dozens of travelers who were turned away from U.S. airports on Sept. 11, 2001, received a total of seven Tony Award nominations, which were announced Tuesday.

The musical is up for best musical, best book of a musical for Irene Sankoff and David Hein, best original score for Hein and Sankoff, best direction of a musical for Christopher Ashley, best choreography for Kelly Devine, best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical for Jenn Colella and best lighting design of a musical for Howell Binkley.

Square 1, founded in 2012 by Jay Krottinger and Ryan Jude Tanner, has been co-producer of the musicals “Pippin,” which won the Tony for best revival of a musical in 2013, and “Waitress,” which continues to run on Broadway.

The duo also produced “Memphis: The Musical” in London’s West End, which won two Olivier Awards.

“Come From Away has been nominated for seven Outer Critic Awards and nine Drama Desk Awards.

“We knew that this musical was going to be something truly special,” he said. “It is gratifying that so many others in the theatre community recognize this as well.”

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” leads the Tony nominations with 12. Other shows up for best musical are “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Groundhog Day.”

The Bette Midler-led revival of “Hello, Dolly!” received 10 nods, while the quirky coming-of-age musical “Dear Evan Hansen” earned nine.

Winners will be determined by some 850 industry insiders. Kevin Spacey will host the awards show June 11 from Radio City Music Hall.

James D. Watts Jr.



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