2012 Tony Awards: The Nominations
The 2012 Tony Award nominees have been announced!
Of the 30 shows rockin’ some nominations:
- 21 are still currently running on The Broadway
- Of the 9 that have closed, I saw only 3 (!)
- Of the 21 that are still going strong, I’ve seen only seen 8* (!)
This leaves 13 shows to see in 40 days before the Awards on June 10th. After my Oscar-a-thon which boasted 61 films in 34 days, this is a total breeze. Unfortunately, it’s also approximately $450-worth of the “best” of New York theatre on offer (and that’s only because I still, rather fraudulently, claim student status). I’m not sure I can afford it this year — actually, I know I can’t — so my blogging shan’t be as comprehensive as years of yore (*Hell, I’m already cheating by saying I ‘saw’ Clybourne Park and Other Desert Cities, when in actuality one was off-Broadway and the other, a semi-different cast, but whatever — sorry, Judy, but even you are not worth paying to see the latter again). But, hey, if you feel like sponsoring me to see a show…
Back to the nominees: Just because I’ve only seen one-third of the nominated shows doesn’t mean I’ll refrain from commenting on all of them, so here goes!
- Hooray, Rob Ashford!! If Kathleen Marshall bests you again, I swear to m*th3rfuc&in…
- Nicky Silver finally makes it to the Great White Way — and he gets stiffed, royally. But that Linda Lavin! She’s already got the shiny gold statue in her back pocket, and deservedly so.
- The Hottest Mess to Ever Hit Broadway. Ever. gets two nominations! In case you thought it was a distant memory, oh, no: Taymor’s legacy LIVES ON.
- Two of the “Best Original Scores” are not from musicals, and one of the others is a Frank Wildhorn piece. WTF happened, musical theatre?
- If Christopher Oram and Neil Austin worked on a show, they should be nominated. Same for Angela Lansbury.
- The Mountaintop, Chinglish, and Seminar are super-snubbed. Which also means that Sam L. Jackson was shafted. (I know, but I couldn’t resist. Seriously though: not cool, committee. Not motherfuckin’ cool.)
- I’m not gonna lie: I’m totally stoked to have an excuse to see Ghost the Musical.
- Hugh Jackman is honored with a special Tony Award. Because he’s been in a whoppin’ 3 shows on Broadway.
- Can someone please explain to me how Newsies and Once are eligible for Best Book of a Musical and Newsies for Best Score? Does originality really not matter anymore, even for amazingly arbitrary award rules?
- Woody Allen proves that just because he puts out work, doesn’t mean it’ll get nominated. (Unless it’s for a film.)
- Sondheim proves that just because he puts out (old) work, it does mean it’ll get nominated.
- Am I the only one really excited for the (unlikely) possibility of Porgy and Bess winning over Follies? Can the camera please pan to Sondheim?
- I still, unequivocally, support Scott Rudin’s decision. No regrets, Rudy, no regrets!
I know I haven’t seen much (then again, there’s not much to see), but this season is rather snooze-y, right? Ah well, it’s what we have to work with. Here we go!
13 shows. 40 days.
(that doesn’t sound nearly that impressive.)