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The Tony nominees will be announced on the morning of Tuesday, April 30. Since I’ve seen, well, the vast majority of the 38 eligible shows, I figure I can offer some semi-decent predictions in the major categories. Here we go!
Also Eligible: The Anarchist by David Mamet (ha ha ha), Ann by Holland Taylor, Breakfast at Tiffany’s adapted by Richard Greenberg, Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck (HA HA HA), Grace by Craig Wright, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers by John Logan, The Other Place by Sharr White, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Possible Spoiler: Grace (Because I want it to.)
Also Eligible: Bring It On: The Musical with score by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, lyrics by Amanda Green and adapted book by Jeff Whitty; Chaplin: The Musical with score by Christopher Curtis and book by Thomas Meehan and Christopher Curtis; Hands on a Hard Body with score by Trey Anastasio, lyrics by Amanda Green and book by Doug Wright; Scandalous with score by David Friedman and David Pomeranz and book/lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford
Possible Spoiler: Hands on a Hard Body (Though, god help us, I don’t know why.)
Also Eligible: The Big Knife by Clifford Odets, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, Harvey by Mary Chase, The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Picnic by William Inge
Note: This is actually Orphan‘s Broadway premiere, but the Tony Awards Administration Committee deemed it a revival due to its NYC premiere Off-Broadway in 1985.
Also Eligible: Jekyll & Hyde with score by Frank Wildhorn and book/lyrics by Leslie Bricusse (Why not make all 5 nominees? It just seems silly when so few are eligible. Poor Frank. Dude can’t catch a break.)
Note: While this is Cinderella‘s Broadway premiere, the original R&H musical was televised in 1957 starring Julie Andrews.
Possible Spoilers: Michael Shannon in Grace (I’m pulling for you!!! Though, truth be told, I’m not sure if he’s leading or featured) and Norbert Leo Butz in Dead Accounts (Norbs is beloved by Tony, but the play was such a dud and so long ago that they, sadly, may have forgotten how excellent he was. I do believe Tony has the shortest memory out of all entertainment awards.)
Possible Spoilers: Fiona Shaw in The Testament of Mary (fabulous and the best bet to rock the boat here, but may be a little too crazy/controversial for Tony), Jessica Hecht in The Assembled Parties, Amy Morton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Note: The Tony Awards Administration Committee surprisingly deemed Kristine Nielsen leading lady material, which pretty much knocks Sigourney Weaver (who most consider the actual lead of Vanya) out of this race.
Possible Spoilers: Quite frankly, I’m going against the odds with placing Santino up there, but whatever, he deserves it. More than likely, Brandon Victor Dixen (Motown the Musical) will have his place. I also kind of (absurdly) wish Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll & Hyde) will make a showing (Hey, he’s been nominated before!)
Note: Ludicrously, the Tony Awards Administration Committee deemed Bertie Carvel’s performance as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda as leading (which the show’s producers, of course, pushed for), thus forcing the two best performers in a musical this year to compete against each other when they needn’t! Billy and Bertie, you both deserve awards. Perhaps you can tie? I mean, it happened at the Oscars.
Possible Spoiler: Valisia Lekae (Motown the Musical) may take Carolee’s spot (undeservedly) due to Tony’s short-term memory.
Note: Once again, the Tony Awards Administration Committee screws up. Despite setting the precedent in 2009 — when the three boys who alternated playing the title role in Billy Elliot not only received a single nod for Best Actor in a Musical, but won the award — the committee determined that the four girls playing Matilda are not eligible here. Instead, they will receive a special award — Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater — “to recognize their outstanding performances this season.” Lame. Those girls deserve Lilla’s spot.
Possible Spoiler: Jeremy Shamos in Glengarry Glen Ross, Michael Shannon will be here for sure for Grace if he’s considered featured
Possible Spoiler: The Trip to Bountiful with original music by John Gromada (Not sure this would be considered a score, but it was lovely.)