While this year’s Tony Awards went mostly according to script in terms of the ceremony and the winners, there were a few jaw-droppers.
The love for the revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” caught us all by surprise. The show won three of its five nominations, including Best Play Revival, Featured Actress for Sophie Okonedo and Director (Play) for Kenny Leon. Our combined odds had the show ranked dead last, with 50/1 odds, in the Revival and Direction categories and Okonedo was ranked third with 25/1 odds.
The curse of “The Glass Menagerie” continues…kind of. The Tennessee Williams classic finally earned its first-ever love from the Tony Awards when the recent revival earned seven nominations including Best Play Revival, Actress for Cherry Jones, Featured Actress for Celia Keenan-Bolger and Featured Actor for Brian J. Smith. Our site’s odds had the show favored to win three trophies: Revival (1/1 odds), Featured Actress (4/7 odds) and Lighting Design (2/13 odds). But in the two major categories it lost out to “A Raisin in the Sun” and it seems that the curse continues. However, the show did manage to win the prize for lighting and thus the classic is now officially a Tony-winning play.
When Mark Rylance took home the evening’s first award, Best Featured Actor (Play) for “Twelfth Night,” I was all set for another bizarre reciting of a poem by Louis Jenkins as he did in 2008 and 2011. But instead Rylance offered us a touching story of how a blacklisted actor, Sam Wanamaker, ended up in London and dedicated the remainder of his life to realizing the vision of a modern Globe Theater in the city.
Hugh Jackman‘s stamina during the opening number was unbelievable. Being able to continuously hop for most of that opening just baffles me and makes me convinced now that Hugh can do anything without so much as breaking a sweat.