Word is that the winner of this year’s Pulitzer will be announced later this afternoon. What are your bets for the winner?
I think the winner will be “Oslo”
Others likely to be runners up/shortlisted: “The Wolves,” “Indecent,” “Sweat,” “A Life” “Hold to Me Darling”
and maybe “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Red Speedo”
We have a winner!
“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage
Nottage now has 2 Pulitzer’s after winning for “Ruined” in 2009
And the finalists:
“The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe
“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” by Taylor Mac
Nottage is now the 8th person in history to have multiple Pulitzer Prizes for Drama
Does that increase Sweat’s chances of winning the Tony?
It can’t hurt! The category is very competitive so I think anything helps.
That said, Pulitzers and Tonys dont always line up. “Hamilton” took both prizes last year, but before that I believe you would need to go back to August: Osage County” to find a pulitzer winner that won Best Play/Musical. Some of that is due to Pulitzer’s going for Off-Broadway works (which makes sense since its quite difficult for new plays to find support on Broadway), and other times they simply go for something else (Pulitzers chose “Next to Normal” for example).
The story of “Sweat” is incredibly relevant and I think that will definitely make it a strong contender.
Sweat’s reviews were not good enough for a win. The Pulitzer will not make any difference. The Tonys are for the actual production and not just the play. OSLO, Indecent, and A Doll’s House Part 2 are still ahead of Sweat for the Tonys.
Sweat got pretty great reviews. Not that that necessarily matters anyway. Did you see the production? I think its absolutely good enough for a win. And there will be a contingent eager to finally have the chance to celebrate Nottage with a Tony.
The thing is MOST of the new plays this year are good enough for a win, so that category will probably be an exciting race until the end.
The criticism that Sweat did get was often about the writing–that the author hammered her points too bluntly and/or that it wasn’t as good as Ruined. So, I was a little surprised by this Pulitzer honestly, but it does help make for a very interesting Best Play Tony race this year. I wish I had room to see it on my upcoming trip, but I ran out of slots because it’s such a strong year.
I wouldn’t call these reviews “pretty great”: http://www.didhelikeit.com/shows/sweat-2017-review.html