I’m ashamed of myself for not writing something on this site about the Tonys sooner. It was such a great ceremony, as it has been for the past few years, and I have very few complaints. I also wanted to discuss the winners and losers, which is always fun.
Let’s be honest: The surprises were few and far between. I’m going to brag for a second and let everyone know that, after looking at my Gold Derby predictions, I got all but three categories right. The ones I got wrong? I thought that Josh Gad and Rory O’Malley would win in their respective categories for The Book of Mormon. And I also thought that The Scottsboro Boys would beat Mormon for Best Score, being that it was the final Kander-Ebb collaboration. Looks like I foresaw the Mormon sweep clearly enough, just in the wrong categories.
But after seeing Norbert Leo Butz perform “Don’t Break the Rules” from Catch Me if You Can at the Tonys, I was sold on him winning. The man created a full-blown character, and though I haven’t seen the show, that five-minute song convinced me that he deserved his second statue. Best Actress in a Musical also went to a past winner: Sutton Foster. That was pretty easy to see, though there was a ground swell for Patina Miller (Sister Act) near the end there. Mark Rylance winning his second Tony, and reading another poem for his acceptance speech? Terrific. Frances McDormand acting bizarrely and dashing offstage like she was about the pee herself? Not so much.
I wrote an article regarding the Best Actor in a Play category (that, unfortunately, was not put on the site in time), and it truly was hard to predict. But Rylance is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after stage actors in the world, and rightly so. The man’s an animal.
The play, musical, and revival awards all went as expected.
Seeing Nikki M. James win was a treat. Her energy and enthusiasm was balanced out by John Larroquette’s calm tact. Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey helped bring in the gold for The Normal Heart.
And the tech awards? Heck, they weren’t really evenly spread. The only tech award that did not go to Mormon or War Horse were Costume — which went to Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Importance of Being Earnest, respectively.
A predictable year, but never the less fun. It makes me wonder how they can throw in so many dance numbers and still make time (*cough* Oscars *cough). Maybe presenting the tech winners in recaps after commercial breaks is something that we’ll see more ceremonies doing to save on air time.