The Gold Derby predictions center for the 2018 Tony Awards nominations launches today with 17 categories! Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, ahead of a June 10 ceremony on CBS. With the cut-off date for Tony eligibility fast approaching on April 26, it’s time to start speculating which artists and shows will take home Broadway’s top honors.
In the race for Best Musical, all eyes will be on “The Band’s Visit.” This intimate and affecting musical from composer David Yazbek, starring Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub, scored rapturous reviews in the fall. But this small scale show faces giants. Disney’s adaptation of their mega-hit “Frozen” opens later this month and Tina Fey has enlisted Tony winner Casey Nicholaw to direct her musical version of “Mean Girls.” Both are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Other competition includes the endearing and upbeat “SpongeBob SquarePants,” a celebration of legendary director Hal Prince in “Prince of Broadway,” and jukebox musicals “Escape to Margaritaville” and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”
After winning raves (and a Tony nomination) for helming the Deaf West production of “Spring Awakening,” director Michael Arden returns to Broadway with an immersive staging of “Once on This Island.” This show will compete for Musical Revival against two larger scale classics. “Carousel” is currently in previews with celebrated Broadway stars Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry. And Lincoln Center Theater will present a sumptuous revival of “My Fair Lady” with Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle.
Large scale plays will try to assert dominance over smaller shows for Best Play and Play Revival. The biggest of the bunch is the much anticipated “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two.” With its original London cast intact, this British import hopes to be just as successful at the Tonys as it was with the Olivier Awards, where it garnered a record breaking 11 nominations and nine wins. But Potter won’t be the only two part epic on the Rialto. “Angels in America” is led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane and marks the first Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer winning masterwork.
Not every Broadway production has to be epic, however. John Leguizamo, John Lithgow, and Michael Moore presented solo shows. Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” Steve Martin’s comedy “Meteor Shower,” and Manhattan Theater Club’s “The Children” all focus on casts of four or less. Past Tony winners and nominees like Denzel Washington, Mark Rylance, and Condola Rashad could add to their nomination tallies. While film stars like Uma Thurman, Chris Evans, and Clive Owen are crossing their fingers for their first ever nomination.
As you make your predictions, keep in mind that we still do not know final category placements for performers in some of the spring shows. As more information is announced and the Tony Administration Committee makes eligibility determinations, we will update the prediction center accordingly.
Be sure to make your Tony Awards predictions today so that Broadway insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on May 1. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Tonys taking place right now in our theater forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.