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Tony Awards 2015: Nomination Predictions

Tony_AwardThe Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 AM ET by Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis at the Paramount Hotel. The announcement will be live streamed on The awards ceremony itself will be held June 7, which is super-easy to remember because it’s the day before my birthday.

I’m not sure if I’ll do my usual Tonys blogging this year (I’m not convinced that anyone actually reads this), but since I had to write down my nominee predictions for work anyway, I figured I might as well post ’em. So, without further ado…

Best Musical

  1. An American in Paris
  2. Fun Home
  3. Something Rotten!
  4. The Visit

Other eligible shows: Doctor Zhivago, Finding Neverland, Holler if Ya Hear Me, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Shoulda Been You, The Last Ship

These are basically locked and loaded. The Visit could be ousted in favor of The Last Ship, but Sting’s musical closed way back when and what kind of asshole committee wouldn’t nominate the very last Kander & Ebb musical ever?

Best Play

  1. Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time
  2. Hand to God
  3. Constellations
  4. Disgraced

Possible spoiler: Wolf Hall

Other eligible shows: The Audience, Airline Highway, The Country House, Fish in the Dark, Living on Love, The River

There is a very good chance Wolf Hall will take the place of one of the above – most likely Constellations, which hasn’t been getting any love in other awards (Outer Critics, Drama Desk), which is nonsense because it is excellent. But the two-part British import could also usurp last year’s Pulitzer winner, which closed on March 1, and which everyone is pretty much done with.

Best Revival of a Musical

  1. The King and I
  2. On the Town
  3. On the Twentieth Century

Other eligible shows: Side Show, Gigi

If I had my druthers, Side Show would knock those sailors down.

Best Revival of a Play

  1. The Elephant Man
  2. You Can’t Take It With You
  3. Skylight
  4. The Heidi Chronicles

Other eligible shows: A Delicate Balance, This is Our Youth, Love Letters, The Real Thing, It’s Only a Play

I’m still shocked by all of the “it’s not relevant!!” vehemence The Heidi Chronicles has created because, quite simply, it is. It’s producers, however, don’t have as much faith as I do in the show – just this weekend, they announced a premature closing of May 3. This makes its nomination a bit shaky, but what else could it go to? No one but me seemed very excited by A Delicate Balance, and It’s Only a Play was dreadful. That leaves This is Our Youth as the only potential spoiler, but it closed so long ago that I forgot it was a part of this season.

Best Actor in a Musical

  1. Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
  2. Brian D’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
  3. Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
  4. Roger Rees, The Visit
  5. Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century

Potential spoilers: Rob McClure (Honeymoon in Vegas), Tony Yazbeck (On the Town)

It breaks my heart that Ken Watanabe won’t be up here. Breaks. My. Heart.

Best Actor in a Play

  1. Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
  2. Alex Sharp, Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time
  3. Steven Boyer, Hand to God
  4. Ben Miles, Wolf Hall
  5. Bill Nighy, Skylight

Potential spoilers: Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations), Nathan Lane (It’s Only a Play), John Lithgow (A Delicate Balance)

Best Actress in a Musical

  1. Kristin Chenowith, On the Twentieth Century
  2. Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
  3. Chita Rivera, The Visit
  4. Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
  5. Beth Malone, Fun Home

Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland), Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi), and the Side Show gals are also eligible, but nope. This category is pretty much set in stone.

Best Actress in a Play

  1. Elizabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
  2. Helen Mirren, The Audience
  3. Ruth Wilson, Constellations
  4. Carey Mulligan, Skylight
  5. Geneva Carr, Hand to God

Other eligibles include Renee Fleming (Living on Love) and Glenn Close (A Delicate Balance), but… probably not.

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

  1. Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
  2. Howard McGillin, Gigi
  3. Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
  4. Max von Essen, An American in Paris
  5. Sting, The Last Ship

I actually have no idea if Sting is eligible since he was a replacement of sorts, so if he’s not, this bad boy is going to Tony Danza (Honeymoon in Vegas). My co-workers think I’m nuts, but I say it can happen.

Best Featured Actor in a Play

  1. Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
  2. Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles
  3. Mark Kudisch, Hand to God
  4. Michael Oberholtzer, Hand to God
  5. Nathanial Parker, Wolf Hall

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

  1. Victoria Clarke, Gigi
  2. Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You
  3. Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
  4. Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
  5. Judy Kuhn, Fun Home

Potential spoiler: Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!)

Some are saying Nancy Opel. I say “nope.” (Then again, I’m predicting Ruthie Ann Miles, so who am I to judge?)

Best Featured Actress in a Play

  1. Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
  2. Clare Higgins, A Delicate Balance
  3. Tracee Chimo, The Heidi Chronicles
  4. Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
  5. Karen Pittman, Disgraced

The only ones I’m sure about are Clarkson and Ashford. But seriously, who else could get it?

Best Director of a Musical

  1. Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
  2. Bartlett Sher, The King and I
  3. Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  4. John Doyle, The Visit
  5. Sam Gold, Fun Home

Potential spoiler: Bill Condon (Side Show)

Five nominees this year!

Scott Ellis (On the Twentieth Century) can’t get a third nom… right? I’m also banking on Bart, though neither the Outer Critics or Drama Desks showed him any love.

Best Director of a Play

  1. Marianne Elliott, Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time
  2. Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall
  3. Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You
  4. Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man
  5. Stephen Daldry, The Audience

Five nominees this year!

This is me assuming Ellis can get two noms here instead of Pam Mackinnon (A Delicate Balance) and Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God).

Best Choreography

  1. Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
  2. Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  3. Warren Carlyle, On the Twentieth Century
  4. Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
  5. Christopher Gattelli, The King and I

Potential spoilers: Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship), Joshua Bergasse (Gigi)

Five nominees this year!

Best Book of a Musical

  1. Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell, Something Rotten!
  2. Terence McNally, The Visit
  3. Craig Lucas, An American in Paris
  4. Lisa Kron, Fun Home

Best Original Score

  1. Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas
  2. Fred Ebb, The Visit
  3. Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick, Something Rotten!
  4. Jeanine Tesori, Fun Home

Potential spoiler: Sting (The Last Ship)

Best Scenic Design of a Play

  1. Finn Ross and Bunny Christie, Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time
  2. Bob Crowley, The Audience
  3. Beowolf Boritt, Hand to God
  4. Timothy R. Mackabee, The Elephant Man

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

  1. Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  2. Michael Yeargan, The King and I
  3. David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
  4. David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play

  1. Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall
  2. Clint Ramos, The Elephant Man
  3. Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It With You
  4. Ann Roth, A Delicate Balance

Best Costume Design of a Musical

  1. Catherine Zuber, Gigi
  2. Paul Tazewell, Side Show
  3. Catherine Zuber, The King and I
  4. Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!

Potential spoiler: Ann Hould-Ward (The Visit)

Best Lighting Design of a Play

  1. Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall
  2. Philip S. Rosenberg, The Elephant Man
  3. Paule Constable, Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time
  4. Rick Fisher, The Audience

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

  1. Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  2. Ben Stanton, Fun Home
  3. Japhy Weideman, The Visit
  4. Donald Holder, The King and I

Best Orchestrations

  1. Christopher Austin, An American in Paris
  2. Don Sebesky, Larry Blank, Jason Robert Brown, & Charlie Rosen; Honeymoon in Vegas
  3. Fun Home, John Clancy
  4. Larry Hochman, The Visit

Potential spoiler: Rob Mathes (The Last Ship)

Best Sound Design of a Play

  1. Jill B.C. Du Boff, Hand to God
  2. Nick Powell, Wolf Hall
  3. John Gromada, The Elephant Man
  4. Jon Weston, You Can’t Take It With You

Best Sound Design of a Musical

  1. Scott Lehrer & Drew Levy, Honeymoon in Vegas
  2. Brian Ronan, The Last Ship
  3. Kai Harada, Fun Home
  4. Jon Weston, An American in Paris


Happy Nominations Day!


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