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  • Beau S.
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    #431617

    Post your final Tony nod predictions as well as reactions to the announcement tommorow in this thread.

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    Djoko
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    Best Play
    The Assembled Parties
    Author: Richard Greenberg

     Lucky Guy Author: Nora Ephron

    The Testament of Mary Author: Colm Toíbín

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang

    Best Musical
    Bring It On: The Musical
    A Christmas Story, The Musical
    Kinky Boots
    Matilda The Musical

    Best Revival of a Play
    Golden Boy
    Orphans
    The Trip to Bountiful
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Best Revival of a Musical
    Annie
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Pippin

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Best Book of a Musical

    A Christmas Story, The Musical
    Joseph Robinette

    Kinky Boots
    Harvey Fierstein

    Matilda The Musical
    Dennis Kelly

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Douglas Carter Beane

    Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

    A Christmas Story, The Musical
    Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

    Hands on a Hardbody
    Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
    Lyrics: Amanda Green

    Kinky Boots
    Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

    Matilda The Musical
    Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
    Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
    Nathan Lane, The Nance
    Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Tom Sturridge, Orphans

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
    Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
    Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Holland Taylor, Ann
    Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
    Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical
    Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Rob McClure, Chaplin
    Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
    Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
    Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
    Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical
    Patina Miller, Pippin
    Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
    Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
    Richard Kind, The Big Knife
    Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
    Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
    Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Judith Ivey, The Heiress
    Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
    Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
    Charl Brown, Motown The Musical
    Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
    Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
    Terrence Mann, Pippin

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
    Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
    Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Andrea Martin, Pippin
    Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
    Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

    Best Scenic Design of a Play
    John Lee Beatty, The Nance
    Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
    David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
    Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

    Best Scenic Design of a Musical
    Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
    Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Scott Pask, Pippin
    David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

    Best Costume Design of a Play
    Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac
    Ann Roth, The Nance
    Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
    Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

    Best Costume Design of a Musical
    Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots
    Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
    Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
    William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Best Lighting Design of a Play
    Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
    Donald Holder, Golden Boy
    Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary
    Japhy Weideman, The Nance

    Best Lighting Design of a Musical
    Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots
    Kenneth Posner, Pippin
    Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

    Best Sound Design of a Play
    John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
    Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary
    Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
    Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

    Best Sound Design of a Musical
    Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin
    Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical
    John Shivers, Kinky Boots
    Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Best Direction of a Play
    Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy
    George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

    Best Direction of a Musical
    Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
    Diane Paulus, Pippin
    Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical

    Best Choreography
    Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical
    Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical
    Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
    Chet Walker, Pippin

    Best Orchestrations
    Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical
    Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
    Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical
    Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    * * *

    Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

    Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
    Bernard Gersten
    Paul Libin
    Ming Cho Lee

    Regional Theatre Award
    Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA

    Isabelle Stevenson Award
    Larry Kramer

    Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
    Career Transition For Dancers
    William Craver
    Peter Lawrence
    The Lost Colony
    The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

    * * *

    Tony Nominations by Production
    Kinky Boots – 13
    Matilda The Musical – 12
    Pippin – 10
    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – 9
    Golden Boy – 8
    Lucky Guy – 6
    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – 6
    The Mystery of Edwin Drood – 5
    The Nance – 5
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 5
    Motown The Musical – 4
    The Trip to Bountiful – 4
    The Assembled Parties – 3
    A Christmas Story, The Musical – 3
    Hands on a Hardbody – 3
    The Testament of Mary – 3
    Bring It On: The Musical – 2
    The Heiress – 2
    Orphans – 2
    Ann – 1
    Annie – 1
    The Big Knife – 1
    Chaplin – 1
    Cyrano de Bergerac – 1
    The Other Place – 1
    Scandalous – 1

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    Nate
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    OK, the nominations are in: http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/index.html.

    On the play side, I am sorry to see the Glengarry Glen Ross revival and Grace shut out and am disappointed by the hauls for The Assembled Parties and The Other Place, but am very pleased to see the recognition for Lucky Guy and hope that Nora Ephron gets her long overdue recognition in the Best Play category. In the acting categories, I am most surprised by Bette Midler’s snub, as it was for Kristine Nielsen and not even Sigourney Weaver (who has to be smarting as the only major cast member not nominated from her show).

    On the musical side, I am sorry to see Motown not do better, although its box office should provide some comfort. I am surprised that it was Bring It On that made the cut instead for Best Musical and the nominations for A Christmas Story should ensure its return to the stage soon. But the Kinky Boots v. Matilda face-off should be the story of the day, with 13 nominations for Kinky Boots v. 12 for Matilda (which certainly would have been 13 had the Matilda girls been allowed to compete) leading the way.

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    Djoko
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    Overall a great list. I can’t think of any blatant oversights. Kinky Boots did better than I expected, but even though it got 13 noms and Matilda got 12 you have to remember the Matilda girls weren’t eligible since they won a special Tony.

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    David Buchanan
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    (Posted my reaction in the old thread, so here it is again).

    Very exciting batch of nominees today! Here are some of the biggest surprises and omissions that I did not see coming:

    No Alan Cumming or Bette Midler in the Lead Acting categories.

    No Lilla Crawford, instead replaced by Stephanie J. Block.

    Orphans for Revival over the high-profile Glengarry (not completely surprising given the OCC nomination).

    No The Nance in Best Play, replaced by Testament of Mary.

    Bring it On and Christmas Story in Best Musical; I thought only one of those early-season shows would be remembered!

    My favorite category this season: Featured Actor in a Play, with Danny Burstein, Tony Shalhoub, Richard Kind, and Billy Magnussen!  Also very excited for surprise Featured Actress nominees Cary Coon and Shalita Grant!

    Overall, a really solid group of nominees this year, with some wonderful surprise nominees! Can’t wait to go back and revisit some of the performances and made final predictions on winners! 
     

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Leeman
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    Judging by nominations, Golden Boy may be able to win revival 🙂

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    Atypical
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    Some big name snubs this year, Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Chastain, Bette Midler, and Fiona Shaw. “Kinky Boots” vs. “Matilda” in Best Musical it seems. Cyndi Lauper! It’s too bad the “Matilda” girls couldn’t compete in Lead Actress in a Musical with the “Billy Elliot” boys being nodded in Actor in a Musical and winning a couple of years ago. Nice to see Nora Ephron and “Lucky Guy” recognized. Tony voters must love Condola Rashad. Surprised she made it in for “The Trip to Bountiful” over Vanessa Williams. I’m also surprised that “Motown” didn’t manage to make it into Musical, or “The Nance” in Best Play. “Bring It On” instead in musical? Hmmm. Was Tom Sturridge’s role the one that Shia LaBeouf had to leave b/c of his spat with Alec Baldwin? It’s cool that Tracy Letts could win in Lead Actor in a Play to go along with his Best Play win for “August: Osage County.” Can “A Christmas Story” play well at any other time than during the Christmas season? Would it necessarily want to? Anyway, back to seeing the full list of nominees.

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    SamEckmann
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    A Cheistmas Story said they are reopening next holiday season, but no they would never play at another time in the year. They actually made history today, as no other christmas musical has ever managed a best musical nod.

    Also Tom Sturridge was cast in the beginning. Ben Foster is playing the role Shia had. And sorry, but Chastain is hardly a snub. It was one of the worst performances in recent memory on Broadway, she never stood a chance.
    I wish Golden Boy was still playing, since i wasnt able to catch it. But that team must be having an incredible morning.

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    Karl William
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    I am ecstatic the Stark Sands was able to land a nomination, I was surprised at the strength of ‘Kinky Boots’ where there could be an upset. There tends to be a backlash toward the frontrunner, in this case ‘Matilda’, so ‘Kinky Boots’ could eek out a win. The ‘Bring it On’ nomination is a bit of a surprise, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’m also happy for Will Chases and Stephanie J. Block, well earned for a couple of great actors. 

    Santino Fantana is a huge surprise, as is Sigourney Weaver’s snub. However, I’m really happy for the love for ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’. 

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    Atypical
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    A Cheistmas Story said they are reopening next holiday season, but no they would never play at another time in the year. They actually made history today, as no other christmas musical has ever managed a best musical nod. Also Tom Sturridge was cast in the beginning. Ben Foster is playing the role Shia had. And sorry, but Chastain is hardly a snub. It was one of the worst performances in recent memory on Broadway, she never stood a chance. I wish Golden Boy was still playing, since i wasnt able to catch it. But that team must be having an incredible morning.

    How exactly was Chastain’s performance one of the worst in recent memory on Broadway? That seems like some hyperbole, but whatever. Thanks for the other info otherwise.

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    Overall, I’m happier with this crop of nominees than I have been for several years.

    On the omissions side, I was rather surprised to see Alan Cumming missing for Lead Actor in a Play for “Macbeth,” and VERY surprised to see Fiona Shaw missing from Lead Actress, as “Mary” managed to get a Best Play nomination.

    Slightly surprised (but not stunned) that in the battle of the solo star turns, Taylor trumped Midler.

    Glad to see that Ivey was recognized for “The Heiress”; as far as Chastain goes, her best reviews were still fairly lukewarm, so I’m not surprised she was passed over. It really is too bad that Nielsen got bumped up to Best Lead Actress; she really would have had a much better shot in Best Featured Actress (reminds me of Brian Bedford’s situation in “The Importance of Being Earnest” two years ago).

    It will be interesting to see if Carvel’s promotion to Lead Actor paves the way for a Featured Actor win for his co-star Ebert (though Chase will provide sporting competition).

    Wasn’t quite expecting the level of love for “Cinderella” (WHO saw Fontana getting nominated?), but very, very pleased for “A Christmas Story.”           

          

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    Benedick
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    Overall a nice list.
     
    Pleased at the Vanya and Sonia nominations
    Pleased at Testament of Mary’s nod for Best Play 
    Surprised that neither Fiona Shaw nor Bette Midler made it in over Holland Taylor.
    Not surprised Glengarry missed revival (it was awful and unnecessary) but I am surprised Bobby Cannavale didn’t land a Featured Actor nomination.

    Plenty of categories will be very close this year. Should be a fun one to watch.

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    ashmores
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    [quote=”SamEckmann”]A Cheistmas Story said they are reopening next holiday season, but no they would never play at another time in the year. They actually made history today, as no other christmas musical has ever managed a best musical nod. Also Tom Sturridge was cast in the beginning. Ben Foster is playing the role Shia had. And sorry, but Chastain is hardly a snub. It was one of the worst performances in recent memory on Broadway, she never stood a chance. I wish Golden Boy was still playing, since i wasnt able to catch it. But that team must be having an incredible morning.

    How exactly was Chastain’s performance one of the worst in recent memory on Broadway? That seems like some hyperbole, but whatever. Thanks for the other info otherwise.[/quote]

    While I wouldn’t go that far, her being left off the final list of nominees is hardly a snub.  She was very, very average in the play and most reviews rightfully called her very, very average.  The only reason why you and many of the news outlets would think of it as a snub is because of her clout in Hollywood right now.  Scarlett Johansson, who got better overall reviews for her performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was also left off the final list. 

    I mention Scarlett because, like Chastain, she was most definitely hindered by a lackluster production and directing team.  The Heiress was a boring rut and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was just messy and loud.  Both are very good actresses but neither were good enough to overcome their overall surroundings.  That is something that Laurie Metcalf did.  She was in an average play but she worked it with her performance and overcame the plays faults.

    My biggest upset is Madison Dirks getting left off the final list for his featured turn in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf while Carrie Coon was nominated for her featured turn in the play.  She played Honey not as emotionally unbalanced but as mentally challenged and she was the only blip on an otherwise perfect revival.  I would love to see Tracy Letts walk off with the award for Actor in a Play – he owned the stage every second he was on it.

    I was upset that I got to New York less than a week after Golden Boy closed.  That was a play I wanted to see because of Tony Shalhoub and now that it received some top nominations – I am even more upset.  Grr!

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    In no way do I think Chastain’s performance in The Heiress was a snub, but also, in no way do I think she gave “one of the worst performances in recent memory on Broadway”. Have you seen Cuba Gooding Jr in The Trip to Bountiful? Yikes.

    And I wasn’t surprised to see Sigourney Weaver left out. As much as I love her as an actress, that category was filled to the brim with incredible performances. The 6th best performance this year could still win a Tony in another year. That’s the crazy truth.

    Also, not TOO surprised to see Tom Sturridge beat out Alan Cumming for the 5th Best Actor in a Play nomination. I did have him as my Darkhorse in my predictions. But Alan Cumming, although, I haven’t seen the show, is said to be giving and unbelievably incredible performance at the Barrymore and I’m surprised they passed up him playing every role of Macbeth to give the nom to newcomer Sturridge.

    My last comment: NO LILLA!? I don’t think she was beat out by SJB to get into this category, I had SJB as one of the 3 locks in my earlier predictions along with Patina and Laura Osnes. But really? This 12 year old carried a huge show on her shoulders and I think she should have been nominated. Over either Carmello OR LeKae.

    Oh and I don’t like Testament of Mary getting the nom for Best Play. Should’ve been The Nance. That is all. 

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    [quote=”Atypical”][quote=”SamEckmann”]A Cheistmas Story said they are reopening next holiday season, but no they would never play at another time in the year. They actually made history today, as no other christmas musical has ever managed a best musical nod. Also Tom Sturridge was cast in the beginning. Ben Foster is playing the role Shia had. And sorry, but Chastain is hardly a snub. It was one of the worst performances in recent memory on Broadway, she never stood a chance. I wish Golden Boy was still playing, since i wasnt able to catch it. But that team must be having an incredible morning.

    How exactly was Chastain’s performance one of the worst in recent memory on Broadway? That seems like some hyperbole, but whatever. Thanks for the other info otherwise.[/quote]

    While I wouldn’t go that far, her being left off the final list of nominees is hardly a snub.  She was very, very average in the play and most reviews rightfully called her very, very average.  The only reason why you and many of the news outlets would think of it as a snub is because of her clout in Hollywood right now.  Scarlett Johansson, who got better overall reviews for her performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was also left off the final list. 

    I mention Scarlett because, like Chastain, she was most definitely hindered by a lackluster production and directing team.  The Heiress was a boring rut and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was just messy and loud.  Both are very good actresses but neither were good enough to overcome their overall surroundings.  That is something that Laurie Metcalf did.  She was in an average play but she worked it with her performance and overcame the plays faults.

    My biggest upset is Madison Dirks getting left off the final list for his featured turn in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf while Carrie Coon was nominated for her featured turn in the play.  She played Honey not as emotionally unbalanced but as mentally challenged and she was the only blip on an otherwise perfect revival.  I would love to see Tracy Letts walk off with the award for Actor in a Play – he owned the stage every second he was on it.

    I was upset that I got to New York less than a week after Golden Boy closed.  That was a play I wanted to see because of Tony Shalhoub and now that it received some top nominations – I am even more upset.  Grr![/quote]

    My point there was only that calling Jessica Chastain’s performance one of the worst in recent memory on Broadway seemed like ridiculous hyperbole for a Julliard-trained Oscar nominee. It is a snub in terms of a big name not being nodded, but I didn’t know in advance of saying that that her performance wasn’t well received.

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