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Once Off-Broadway Creations Resurface as Best Musical Revival Nominees

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With the Tony Awards fast-approaching, NY1's Frank DiLella takes a look at some of this season's musical revival nominees.

Four musical revivals opened on The Great White Way this season, beginning with a new version of the mega-musical "Les Miserables" and ending with The Roundabout's revival of a revival: "Cabaret."

While "Cabaret" did not receive a Tony nomination for Best Musical Revival, "Les Miserables" in fact did, and brought a few others home.

The crowd favorite, "Les Miserables," returns to Broadway for a second time, but this time sans the iconic turntable and with a new look.

The show earned a total of three nominations, including one for West End powerhouse Ramin Karimloo, who is making his Broadway debut as the central character Jean Valjean.

One of Broadway's favorite leading ladies, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, returned to the boards this season as the title character in The Roundabout's staging of "Violet."

The show earned four nominations, including one for Foster. "Violet" follows the story of "Violet"—a woman haunted by scars , both physical and emotional, and her journey to be healed. The musical was last seen off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons back in 1997.

Finally, keeping with the theme of shows that have debuted off-Broadway and that are now resurfacing on Broadway, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" earned a total of eight nominations.

The musical, which was written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask stars Neil Patrick Harris as an East German transgendered rock singer.

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