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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Here is a list of the potential nominees:
    Bill Berry, First Date
    Marc Bruni, Beautiful
    Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
    Laurence Connor and James Powell, Les Miserables
    Michael Greif, If/Then
    Randy Johnson, A Night With Janis Joplin
    Michael Mayer, Hedwig & the Angry Inch
    Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
    Bartlett Sher, Bridges Of Madison County
    Leigh Silverman, Violet
    Susan Stroman, Big Fish
    Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway
    Alex Timbers, Rocky
    Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
    Daniel Wise, Soul Doctor

    (I am assuming that Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall are ineligible for their direction of Cabaret since they are re-creating past work?)

    I think the final nominees will be Carlyle, Greif, Stroman (Bullets) and Tresnjak

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    SamEckmann
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    Im not sure if the same rules apply to directors as they do actors (re: Mendes/Marshall), but if they do:

    A little used Tony rule states that a performer can be nominated for a role they previously played if they did not win a Tony the last time they played them. So if Alan Cumming hadnt won for his first outing as the Emcee, he could still be eligible for nomination this year. If the same applies to directors (unclear to me, others can chime in) than Marshall and Mendes would technically be eligible because they did not win director or choregraphy for the previous revival. The real question is does the committee love it enough to nominate them twice for the same thing? And in a year when there are other worthy candidates.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Thanks, SamEckmann, for that clarification. I’ve noticed the Tony committees don’t usually nominate the directors of shows that are too close to a previous incarnation and are more likely to nominate if it is a new interpretation of the material…

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    Ted Stevenson
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    Is CABARET really going to be allowed to compete in Best Revival? It’s basically a remounting of the same production, or very close to it, from my understanding? I feel like it’ll be one of those scenarios where all of the new actors will be eligible, and if there are entirely new orchestrations or new costumes those will be eligible, too. I guess we’ll see what happens.

    If BULLETS is the smash it seems to be, then this could be a reclaiming of the throne by Susan Stroman. It’s a good story, now that it’s been nearly 15 years since THE PRODUCERS. As for the others, I’m not really sure. Too many sight unseens. I have a hunch about Leigh Silverman and VIOLET, though. 

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    I think Silverman (obviously sight unseen at this point) seems to be strongly i the running as well. I would put her in FreemanGriffiths lineup instead of Warren Carlyle. While After Midnight should be competitive for Orchestrations, and might nab a featured actress bid, I think its status as a revue will hold it back in many other areas. Voters are more likely to reward a director who has more storytelling duties.

    And yes Ted, this version of Cabaret will essentially be identical except for the new actors. A “remounting of a revival”. The design team is even the same. Its unclear if the committee will deem it eligible for the big category. But if past remountings like A chorus Line are any indication, they probably wont shun it. I would say whats weirder is why so many of the top24 users have it in the number 1 slot… Roundabout doesnt really NEED to do any campaigning for the Tony. They can already advertise this production as a Tony winner. I dont think the voters will feel the need to reward it again when theres other shows either trying a different approach (les mis) or makingtheir bway debuts (hedwig and violet). 

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    I’m not so sure about Bullets doing well yet. From the reviews I’ve read from the previews, the show is not that funny and some of the actors are underused. Also, I hear at 2 hrs and 45 min it’s too long. I have read though that the set is amazing.

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    Perhaps Leigh Silverman will be nominated, but my case for Warren Carlyle is that many revue directors have been nominated in the past. Richard Maltby, Jr. won for Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jerome Robbins won for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and George C. Wolfe for Bring In Da Noise…. Other directors were nominated for their work on revues: Michael Smuin for Sophisticated Ladies, Claudio Segovia & Hector Orezzoli for Tango Argentino and Black & Blue, Eleanor Reissa for Those Were The Days, Jerry Zaks for Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking for Fosse, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett for Swing! (hard to categorize Contact – a revue? a musical? 3 short plays with music? a dance piece?)  It hasn’t happened since 2000, but it is at least possible for Warren Carlyle this year – depends on how good (or well reviewed) Violet turns out to be, and a few other shows that haven’t opened yet (and Mendes/Marshall eligibility)…

    Opinions have varied widely on Bullets – I have a feeling the critics will like it more than the posters on broadway sites – just a hunch.

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