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.
I’ve always been a fan of Christopher Oram’s work (Red, Evita and, obviously, Parade), and his set for The Cripple of Inishmaan is no exception, but Es Devlin’s expressionistic, spinning box design for Machinal was perfection. Speaking of spinning, it’s officially okay that Les Misérables forewent its turntable, because all of these nominees turned their little hearts out (except for The Glass Menagerie‘s — but that’s why it won’t win), especially Beowulf Boritt’s for Act One, which is a bit ostentatious. Did we/Moss Hart really need all that? No, but it’s gonna win anyway.
Christopher Barreca’s set for Rocky might be the most exciting thing to happen to Broadway this season. Forget the rest of the show, when this bad boy makes an appearance twenty minutes before the end, you know you’re in for something sensational. As terrific as the other nominees are, they may as well not exist in Barreca’s wake. So forget everything else you’ve heard about the show, because this time, Rocky is the undisputed champ.