May 3, 2016 at 10:14 am #1201824732
No long predictions; now reactions!
Biggest surprise: Brandon Victor Dixon for Shuffle Along… Didn’t see that one coming at all!
I felt Audra was going to be left off the list and she was.
Bright Star’s Best Musical nomination was a big surprise too.
I got about 85% correct. Not shabby!
A few shows did better than I thought they would: King Charles III and Noises Off for plays, Bright Star and Spring Awakening for musicals. Conversely, I thought The Crucible would do better, as well as Eclipsed.
Laurie Metcalf got the fifth slot for Actress in a Play.
I thought Jane Greenwood would finally wina Tony for Therese Raquin but was nominated for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Does her losing streak – the most ever – continue? (I believe she has never won, right?)
I predicted correctly that American Psycho wasn’t going to do well, only getting two design nominations.May 3, 2016 at 11:55 am #1201824769
Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans and King Charles III
Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock, Shuffle Along… and Waitress
Best Revival of a Play
Blackbird, The Crucible, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Noises Off and A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple, Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me and Spring Awakening
Bright Star (Steve Martin), Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), School of Rock (Julian Fellowes) and Shuffle Along… (George C Wolfe)
Bright Star (Steve Martin and Edie Brickell), Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), School of Rock (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glen Slater) and Waitress (Sara Bareilles)
Best Actor in a Play
Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Jeff Daniels, Blackbird; Frank Langella, The Father; Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III; and Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge
Best Actress in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey into Night; Laurie Metcalf, Misery; Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed; Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible; and Michelle Williams, Blackbird
Best Actor in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock; Danny Burstein, Fiddler On the Roof; Zachary Levi, She Loves Me; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton; and Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
Best Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me; Carmen Cusack, Bright Star; Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple; Jessie Mueller, Waitress; and Philippa Soo, Hamilton
Best Featured Actor in a play
Reed Birney, The Humans; Bill Camp, the Crucible; David Furr, Noises Off; Richard Goulding, King Charles III; and Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Best Featured Actress in a play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed; Megan Hilty, Noises Off; Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans; Andrea Martin, Noises Off; and Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton; Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along…; Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitres; Jonathon Groff, Hamilton; and Christopher Jackson, Hamilton
Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple; Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton; Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me; Jennifer Simard, Disaster!; and Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along….
Best Director of a Play
Rupert Goold, King Charles III; Jonathon Kent, Long day’s Journey into Night; Joe Mantello, The Humans; Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed; and Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge
Best Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening; John Doyle, The Color Purple; Scott Ellis, She Loves Me; Thomas Kail, Hamilton; and George C Wolfe, Shuffle Along…
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton; Savion Glover, Shuffle Along…; Hofesh Schefter, Fiddler on the Roof; Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea; and Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Therese Raquin; Christopher Oram, Hughie; Jan Versweyveld, A View From the Bridge; and David Zinn, The Humans
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin and Finn Ross, American Psycho; David Korins, Hamilton; Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along.. and David Rockwell, She Loves Me
Best Costume Design of a play
Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Michael Krass, Noises Off; Clint Ramos, Eclipsed; and Tom Scutt, King Charles III
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting; Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me; Ann Roth, Shuffle Along… and Paul Tazewell, Hamilton
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey into Night; Justin Townsend, The Humans; Jan Versweyveld, The Crucible; and Jan Versweyveld, A View From the Bridge
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, Hamilton; Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along…; Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening; and Justin Townsend, American Psycho
August Eriksmoen, Bright Star; Larry Hochman, She Loves Me; Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton; and Daryl Walters, Shuffle Along…May 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm #1201824797
New video discussion coming soon. But some takeaways:
I also backed the wrong Shuffle Along man. I thought it would be Billy Porter with his big song and dance show stopper. Other than that I predicted the other four men in featured actor (musical) correctly. The many viable contenders from She Loves Me hurt their chances as predicted.
Jane Greenwood has never won a competitive Tony, though perhaps because of this they gave her a Lifetime achievement award in 2014.
I knew American Psycho wouldn’t land in Best Musical, but Benjamin Walker’s snub is pretty surprising. But I guess with 6 dominant contenders, they left off the one from the show they clearly didn’t care much for.
Similarly, Tuck Everlasting should have showed up in all 3 design categories. The lighting design in that show is some of the most beautiful work currently on Broadway.
All the Best Play playwrights (Stephen Karam, Danai Gurira, Mike Bartlett, and Florian Zeller) are under 40 and making their Broadway debut. Pretty rare and incredible for that category.
This is the first time since the rule change that more than one of the top categories expanded the number of nominees. Three top categories added an extra nominee slot, and I have to say with the strong season, I’m really pleased that it panned out this way.
Bright Star over performs big time. I’m still not sure how they took Jessie Nelson’s Book nomination for Waitress, but congrats to that team, esp Carmen Cusack. Please work on Broadway and sing to me forever.
The only other time Audra has opened a show on Broadway and not been nominated was for Henry IV. Its shocking to see her left off the list, but she does have 6 Tonys to console herself with.
Slightly confused by A View From the Bridge only getting one acting nom for Mark Strong considering how much they obviously adored it. One would think if it could show up in scenic design then surely Nicola Walker or Russell Tovey could have managed something. Alas. Itll prob win anyway.May 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm #1201824798
Jane Greenwood did receive a special Tony Award two years ago, so she does at least have one.May 3, 2016 at 2:06 pm #1201824820
Also, I think Greenwood stands a good chance for Long Day’s Journey. And since that show is still open, it arguably carries higher odds of a win than Therese Raquin did. I genuinely think the design awards on the Plays side are up for grabs.May 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm #1201824844
Happy: Spring Awakening made Revival and Arden made director, Blackbird made revival
Sad: No acting noms for Spring Awakening, No choreography nom for Spencer Liff?! That’s just ridiculous, and Tuck Everlasting only got one nomination
Should be an interesting show!