That's because most of the leading candidates on Broadway stages these days are derived from a film, TV or music, including "Harry Potter", "Mean Girls", "Frozen", "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Summer", "Escape to Margaritaville" and "The Band's Visit".
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a new play about the grown wizard and his troubled relationship with his teen-aged son, won 10 nominations, including best play and best actor for star Jamie Parker. They were closely followed by "Angels in America, " "The Band's Visit, " and "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, " all with 11 nominations.
Co-written by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in London's West End in 2016.
The best musical revival will likely include "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady", while the best play revival will probably be led by "Angels in America", "Three Tall Women" and "The Iceman Cometh". Jackson will compete with Condola Rashad for "Saint Joan, " Amy Schumer for "Meteor Shower, " and Lauren Ridloff for a production of "Children of a Lesser God" that originated at Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge. The Tonys are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.