April 25, 2014 at 8:39 am #432787
Lady Day is a play. Michelle Williams is left out.April 25, 2014 at 8:41 am #432789
THERE IS NO CHERRY JONES. I REPEAT THERE IS NO CHERRY JONES.
What??April 25, 2014 at 8:43 am #432790
I didn’t notice that the first look. I took it for granted. Did all the nominators have some sort of mass stroke? No revival nod for Menagerie either.April 25, 2014 at 8:45 am #432791
I couldn’t believe the Cherry Jones snub! At first, I mistook the snub when they read the Featured Actress because I am at work and didn’t have the volume up….then when they got to Actress and she was left off, I was floored. It is maybe even more shocking than when they snubbed Patina Miller last year. I think she may still contend for the Tony but I think Audra may have just won another Drama Desk Award.
So thrilled to see IF/THEN snubbed in all of the major categories, I can handle Menzel getting in.
Also happy to see the love for Bridges and I am pulling for Gentleman’s Guide.
And WOW at another Rocky nomination for Best Musical.April 25, 2014 at 8:46 am #432792
I know…that just stuns me. Though I still think she will win, she may not be the lock I had thought.
This certainly confuses the race since they included Audra in the Play category. That will be resolved once we hear fromt he Tony committee today.
Some other thoughts:
April 25, 2014 at 8:50 am #432793
- No Mark Rylance or Samuel barnett….BOOO!
- Radcliffe and Washington in after being left out of OCC. Interesting.
- Mckellan gets in AGAIN for No Man’s Land. I had thought he would be more popular in Godot.
- Casa Valentina gets very little love
- No Michelle Williams
- No Marin Mazzie
- Bullets gets skunked in a lot of categories.
- Yay for Steven Pasquale.
Weakness of New plays is demonstrated by that fact that all of the BEst Play nominees except two (Outside Mullingar and All the Way) are Off-Broadway plays.April 25, 2014 at 8:51 am #432794
Immediate observations (besides my above connipition at Cherry Jones’s abscense).
*They sent a very strong signal that they didnt care much for the new Broadway plays this season. Only two (All the Way and Outside Mullingar) managed a best play nomination. The rest of the category is comprised of Off-Broadway fare.
*There continues to be a divide between the preference of No Man’s Land or Waiting for Godot. Ther former scores best revival and actor for McKellen with the DD, but the split still worries me about the chances for these shows.
*Celia Keenan-Bolger finally nabs a precursor nomination for Glass Menagerie. Brian J Smith also shows up yet again showing perhaps the greatest strength of the four actors. Its leads however, are shut out.
*Lincoln Center manages what will likely be there only nomination of the season for that dreadful Macbeth revival with a lighting design nomination
*Featured actor in a musical seems to have four slots firmly locked up with a wildcard 5th slot up for grabs. James Monroe Iglehart, Danny Burstein, Nick Cordero, and Joshua Henry should all expect Tony nominations. Whog ets the last spot is anyones guess.
*Lead actor in a musical is their only acting category with all broadway productions. And even though there are 6 nominees, Ramin Karimloo is strangely bumped out by Adam Jacobs from Aladdin. The DD didnt seem to care a whole lot about Les Mis, despite the revival nomination, and its featured performers continue to go ignored.
*Lady Day is considered a play. Despite the original actress getting a best actress in a musical nomination from the same group years ago.April 25, 2014 at 8:52 am #432795
No musical nod for After Midnight.April 25, 2014 at 8:58 am #432796
After Midnight was nominated as a revue.April 25, 2014 at 9:17 am #432797
Act One is shut out save a sound design nom (thank god. If the Tonys nominate it for best play, so help me…)
Lauren Worsham gets nominated over the more comedic role Lisa O’Hare plays in Gentleman’s Guide. I hope both actresses have a shot at the Tonys.
After the Drama League’s beest musial nomination, I was hoping Murder for Two could have a strong showing here. Alas, even lead actor Jeff Blumenkrantz couldnt break through (who works every bit as hard as Mr Mays or Harris in his ten roles).
Bullets has a fairly weak showing but Stroman and Cordero still manage nominations. Are its tony chances over at this point? Tony nomintors frequently go their own direction, but it certainly isnt looking great.April 26, 2014 at 11:44 am #432798
First, I just have to let out a cheer for all the love for Gentleman’s Guide! It’s my favorite musical of the season, and to see if received so well by all three award bodies so far is a thrill. After the past few days, I feel confident having both Jefferson Mayes and Bryce Pinkham in my line-up for Actor in a Musical.
Cherry Jones’ omission is indeed surprising, but it doesn’t have any reflection on her chance at a Tony nomination. Voters remembered Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf last year, which closed around the same time The Glass Menagerie did, and received a healthy number of nominations and wins!
The lack of support for Bullets Over Broadway from OCC, Drama League, and now Drama Desk is definitely making me rethink my predictions for the Tony Awards, even though these three precursors do not align with Tony noms very well. I think I’m (unfortunately) going to take it out of Best Musical. I still see Cordero getting nominated for Featured Actor, and I think he’s a strong contender. I think Mazzie is still a likely nominee, as is Stroman for Direction and Choreography.
I’m also perplexed by the support for No Man’s Land over Waiting for Godot; the reviews were all favorable for the latter, while many said the former was a complete snooze… It will be interesting to see who get nominations and for what production on Tuesday.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.April 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm #432799
I just noticed that The Realistic Joneses won the Drama Desk Special Award for Best Ensemble Performance, so none of the cast was eligible for nominations ahead of time. Instead, they received this honor, which shows at least some support for the play’s cast across the board. Letts or Collette (as they have the flashiest roles) could potentially be surprise Tony nominees come Tuesday.April 28, 2014 at 9:28 am #432800
I think C. Hall has the biggest chance of themApril 28, 2014 at 9:52 am #432801
Letts and Collette got the best reviews, and Letts just won the Tony last year, so he’s more in voters’ minds, that’s why I gave him the edge in a crowded field over Hall, who has more name recognition to the layman, but isn’t a god of theatre like Tracy Letts is. It’s curious that the DDs opted to give a pretty prestigious prize to a play that was completely shut out elsewhere in their nominations. It just speaks to the the divisive nature of the play, I suppose, as well as the immense respect that the community has for its cast.