a theatre, film & pop culture review
Note: My personal rankings are listed in order from best to worst, with #1 being my favorite, while predictions for the actual winners will be in orange.
Should’ve been here: The Bridges of Madison County
None of these nominees boasts thrilling, new material – the one musical this year that truly deserved a nomination was snubbed. Nevertheless, this award will likely go to the most original of the lot, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder — though how a show can win Best Musical without winning Best Score never made much sense to me. Then again, voters could horrify us even more by giving Score to Gentleman’s Guide too. But at least it’s an original one, which is more than we can say for these other nominees, so let us be thankful for the little we have.
Our other options are a jukebox musical, a song-and-dance revue, and an animated-film-cum-stage-musical. All of which types have won before, don’t forget: Jersey Boys, Fosse (let us not mention its competition for fear I’ll lose my mind), and The Lion King. We can count Aladdin out for sure. After Midnight is no Fosse (and that’s saying something), so that’s out too.
But Beautiful — The Carole King Musical is the scrappy underdog. A pretty strong one, too, because everyone loves this show and boy, will it be a huge hit in the midwest when its national tour is launched! (Real talk: My parents will eat this shit up.) And because I love a good underdog — and, hell, I enjoyed the show just as much as everyone else — I’m rooting for her. Take it home, Carole! Take. It. Home.
*A conflict of interest — I won’t be remarking specifically on any of Aladdin’s nominations.