It's that time of year where all theater geeks make their predictions for the Tony Awards honoring the best of the past Broadway season. So here are mine (along with some links to my reviews of some of the shows). Also, click to hear a great discussion about the Tony Awards with myself, Keith Price and, Paul Winkler on Keith's curtain call Tony Awards Prediction Show.
Well, this is Hamilton's & totally deserves it. (Though I wish American Psycho would have gotten a nomination - it's just as revolutionary in a completely different way even though it closed this past Sunday.)
Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller's The Crucible Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge Blackbird Long Day's Journey Into Night Noises Off
I was greatly disturbed by Blackbird, laughed so hard at Noises Off, but I'm betting it's A View From the Bridge.
I'm torn between the two reimagined productions of Color Purple & Spring Awakening.
Best Book of a Musical
Bright Star - Steve Martin Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda School of Rock-The Musical - Julian Fellowes Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed - George C. Wolfe
Tough category because some of these in this list are what was talked about as being the weakest part of the show (and yet they still got nominated) - but Hamilton will win for Lin-Manuel's 6 years of writing this masterpiece.
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star - Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Lyrics: Edie Brickell Hamilton - Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda School of Rock-The Musical - Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater Waitress - Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles
Hands down - this is why Hamilton deserves to be where it is this year. That score!! YES!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day's Journey Into Night Jeff Daniels, Blackbird Frank Langella, The Father Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III Mark Strong, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge
This is such a hard category for me as I love so many, but have to go with Frank Langella who gave me a masterclass in acting.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night Laurie Metcalf, Misery Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller's The Crucible Michelle Williams, Blackbird
So many good ones! Glad that Laurie Metcalf was remembered for early in the season and Michelle Williams blew me away, but thinking it's Jessica Lange.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock-The Musical Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof Zachary Levi, She Loves Me Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
This is tough for me as I honestly believe Benjamin Walker should have been in this category over (dare I say it) Lin-Manuel. So since he's not, I have to go with Leslie Odom, Jr.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me Carmen Cusack, Bright Star Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple Jessie Mueller, Waitress Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
I am so happy by this category with so many amazing women! I'm torn between Carmen and Cynthia for completely different reasons.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans Bill Camp, Arthur Miller's The Crucible David Furr, Noises Off Richard Goulding, King Charles III Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Great actors here and I'm thrilled that David Furr made this list! But I'm going with Reed Birney.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed Megan Hilty, Noises Off Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans Andrea Martin, Noises Off Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Another great category - but Megan Hilty's performance stuck with me from early in the season.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress Jonathan Groff, Hamilton Christopher Jackson, Hamilton
This is another category where I could have put several other actor's names on this list from musicals this season (Paul Alexander Nolan) and not sure Hamilton should have run the category the way it did. That said, Christopher Jackson is my guy (though I bet Daveed Diggs will get it).
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me Jennifer Simard, Disaster! Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Could this category BE more different in performances? As much as I love them all - I have to go with my girl Jennifer Simard for going there in Disaster!
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin Christopher Oram, Hughie Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge David Zinn, The Humans
That set for Hughie was amazing (even though hardly anyone saw it in such a short run). I'm going with Christopher Oram.
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho David Korins, Hamilton Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Es Devlin & Finn Ross created a world that was completely different from anything else in the category and I'm going with them for American Psycho.
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day's Journey Into Night Michael Krass, Noises Off Clint Ramos, Eclipsed Tom Scutt, King Charles III
Usually I have one that jumps out at me, but none of these do this season...so I'm going to pick Noises Off - Michael Krass.
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
I got to see these up close & personal backstage and they are just as amazing there...Paul Tazewell for Hamilton.
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day's Journey Into Night Justin Townsend, The Humans Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's The Crucible Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge
Justin Townsend had a challenge lighting this set and did an incredible job at making it all real. Going with him.
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening Justin Townsend, American Psycho
I have to go with Justin Townsend again showing a completely different way of working.
Best Direction of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III Jonathan Kent, Long Day's Journey Into Night Joe Mantello, The Humans Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge
I just loved how King Charles III moved & everything about it which points to Rupert Goold. (He was also amazing directing American Psycho...obviously, I have an obsession with this closed show.)
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening John Doyle, The Color Purple Scott Ellis, She Loves Me Thomas Kail, Hamilton George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
I think Michael Arden & John Doyle did amazing work reimagining those shows, but Thomas Kail's work on Hamilton made it what it was.
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
Andy Blankenbuehler showed us things we've never seen before and helped create a phenomenon. It's him.
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star Larry Hochman, She Loves Me Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
A different sound - a unique voice - I'm going with August Eriksmoen for Bright Star.