2018 Tony Award nominations: Reactions to major surprises and snubs in play categories [WATCH]

“With 11 nominations it’s the most nominated play in Tony history.” I expected to be referencing the Broadway juggernaut “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” when making such a statement, but instead I’m talking about the stunning revival of Tony Kushner’sAngels in America.” David Buchanan and I got together to talk about the biggest takeaways from the 2018 Tony Awards nomination announcement. These two part epics dominated the play categories. (watch our analysis above and check out our take on the musical categories.)

“Cursed Child” shouldn’t be too upset over having its headline stolen. This continuation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga earned 10 nominations, just one fewer than “Angels” and tying with “Coast of Utopia” and the 2010 revival of “Fences” as the second most nominated play ever. David and I agree that the show is far out front to claim Best Play come June 10 as it is the only nominee in the category still running.

SEE 2018 Tony Awards nominations: Full list in all 26 categories

Though “Angels in America” is the nomination leader, I pose the question as to whether the intimate “Three Tall Women” could pull off an upset. David admits that Best Revival is a very competitive category as the other nominees are “The Iceman Cometh,” “Lobby Hero,” and “Travesties,” but still thinks Tony voters will side with “Angels.” We both agree that “Three Tall Women” will at least have a Lead Actress win for Glenda Jackson as consolation.

WATCH 2018 Tony Award nominations: Reactions to major surprises and snubs in musical categories

Though Lead Actress looks like a done deal, there is a battle brewing for Featured Actress. David says he could see at least three of the five nominees as serious threats to win. They would be Denise Gough (“Angels in America”), Laurie Metcalf (“Three Tall Women”), and Noma Dumezweni (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”). David rules out Metcalf, who just won a Tony last year for “A Doll’s House Part 2.” If he’s right, that would ignite a battle between Dumezweni and Gough, the two recent Olivier winners.

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We both bemoan the snubbing of James McArdle, who deserved a nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for “Angels in America.” I mention that his absence “leaves the door wide open for Nathan Lane,” who portrays Roy Cohn in the record breaking revival. David points out that Lane “has never won for a play” and this would be a prime opportunity to reward the actor’s recent foray into dramatic works.

Though McArdle’s snub made us angry, David and I are both united in our love for Deborah Findlay’s surprise mention for “The Children.” I argue that if the play was still running, Findlay “could take down everyone in that category.” If only Manhattan Theater Club had chosen to run the show in the spring!

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