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2014 Tony Awards Predictions: Best Set Design

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.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY

Machinal American Airlines Theatre

1. MACHINAL
Es Devlin

2. THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
Christopher Oram

3. ACT ONE
Beowulf Boritt

4. THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Bob Crowley

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.

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

stage-entertainment

1. ROCKY
Christopher Barreca

2. A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Alexander Dodge

3. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Julian Crouch

4. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
Santo Loquasto

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.

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