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    adamunc
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    At least one benefit to West Side Story not being eligible is that Amar Ramasar can’t be nominated. His personal off-stage behavior should automatically disqualify him. Separating art from the artist does not warrant consideration with him.

    Jesus Christ, the guy was a complete ass. But even the woman in question has moved on. If she can, why can’t you?

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    Because scumbags like him don’t deserve forgiveness or a second chance. I would think that’d be plainly obvious in this day and age.

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    If these are actual voted-on Tonys, they will forever have the world’s biggest asterisks next to them.

    It’d be similar to how the 2007 Golden Globes will always have an asterisk next to them because of how they couldn’t due an actual ceremony given the writers’ strike that was going on in Hollywood at the time, only worse.

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    At least one benefit to West Side Story not being eligible is that Amar Ramasar can’t be nominated. His personal off-stage behavior should automatically disqualify him. Separating art from the artist does not warrant consideration with him.

    I think Dharon E. Jones would’ve been a likelier Featured Actor nominee given his narrative of how he was originally in the production as Action, but when Ben Cook was forced to drop out in the middle of previews, Dharon ended up taking over as Riff.

    By the way, when Ansel Elgort (who’s playing Tony in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film reboot) was accused of rape two months ago, Cody Dericks of Next Best Picture posted a tweet that said “What is with 2020 West Side Story productions’ penchant for casting terrible men?”
    https://twitter.com/codymonster91/status/1274023514484420608

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    Anton Spivack
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    Here are the eligible productions:

    Original Plays
    A Christmas Carol
    Grand Horizons
    The Great Society
    The Height of the Storm
    The Inheritance
    Linda Vista
    My Name Is Lucy Barton
    Sea Wall/A Life
    Slave Play
    The Sound Inside

    Original Musicals
    Jagged Little Pill
    The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
    Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

    Play Revivals
    Betrayal
    Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
    The Rose Tattoo
    A Soldier’s Play

    I guess there won’t be Best Revival of a Musical this year. I don’t know about Best Score, since the three nominees for Best Musical are likely to be Moulin Rouge!, Tina and Jagged Little Pill. I hope they bring back Best Special Event, perhaps American Utopia could win.

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    Piggy backing off Anton’s post, here is how the performance categories seem to be shaping up. Please comment any that are missing!!

    Leading Actress in a Musical
    Adrienne Warren, TINA
    Karen Olivo, MOULIN ROUGE
    Elizabeth Stanley, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Kristin Stokes, THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    Leading Actress in a Play
    Laura Linney, MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON
    Mary Louise Parker, THE SOUND INSIDE
    Audra McDonald, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
    Joaquina Kalukango, SLAVE PLAY
    Marisa Tomei, THE ROSE TATTOO
    Zawe Ashton, BETRAYAL
    Jane Alexander, GRAND HORIZONS
    Eileen Atkins, THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM

    Leading Actor in a Musical
    Aaron Tveit, MOULIN ROUGE
    Daniel J Watts, TINA
    Chris McCarrell, THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    Leading Actor in a Play
    Kyle Soller, THE INHERITANCE
    Tom Hiddleston, BETRAYAL
    Blair Underwood, A SOLDIER’S PLAY
    Jake Gyllenhaal, A LIFE
    Michael Shannon, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
    Charlie Cox, BETRAYAL
    Jonathan Pryce, THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM
    James Cromwell, GRAND HORIZONS
    Campbell Scott, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Ian Barford, LINDA VISTA
    Andrew Burnap, THE INHERITANCE
    Samuel H Levine, THE INHERITANCE

    Featured Actress in a Musical
    Lauren Patten, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Dawn Lewis, TINA
    Kathryn Gallagher, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Celia Gooding, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Robyn Hurder, MOULIN ROUGE
    Jalynn Steele, THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    Featured Actress in a Play
    Annie McNamara, SLAVE PLAY
    Lois Smith, THE INHERITANCE
    Ashley Park, GRAND HORIZONS
    Priscilla Lopez, GRAND HORIZONS

    Featured Actor in a Musical
    Danny Burstein, MOULIN ROUGE
    Sean Allan Krill, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Sahr Ngaujah, MOULIN ROUGE
    Derek Klena, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Antonio Cipriano, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Jorrell Javier, THE LIGHTNING THIEF
    Ryan Knowles, THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    Featured Actor in a Play
    Paul Alexander Nolan, SLAVE PLAY
    James Cusati-Moyer, SLAVE PLAY
    Ato Blankson-Wood, SLAVE PLAY
    Paul Hilton, THE INHERITANCE
    J Alphonse Nicholson, A SOLDIER’S PLAY

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    This is embarrassing. I can’t believe the Tonys are really going to stoop this low.

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    They should have waited until next year and extended the eligibility period for two years. Saying you won under these terrible conditions and practically nonexistent competition would render these Tony winners as being meaningless.

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    Nate
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    Yes! Congrats on your Tonys, Laura Linney and David Alan Grier!

    Now when can we get the predictions center re-opened?

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    Re: the list above, Daniel J Watts was not moved to Lead. So he is Featured based on his billing. That leaves only 2 contenders for Lead.

    Lead Actor in a Musical is curious. Will they go the route of eliminating the category due to lack of contenders? Will they combine it with Lead Actress for a non-gendered Lead Performance category (I vote this)? Will they just hand Tveit a Tony?

    The biggest surprise of the final determinations is that Jane Alexander and James Cromwell will be in featured with the rest of the Grand Horizons cast.

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    Did they mention how many nominees per category? I wouldn’t be surprised if they only nominated 2 musicals and 2 play revivals (since both only have 4 possible contenders).

    Additionally, maybe the acting categories will only have 3 nominees each, making the awards more competitive.

    Lead Actor in a Musical might just be decided ahead of time with no other nominees cited.

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    I wish they would make an amendment to their previous rulings (likely won’t happen) and push Daniel J Watts to leading actor in a musical since that’s where the role contended at the Olivier Awards and would give the category stronger standing since there’s a chance they could omit it entirely.

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    Now that we know what is officially in the running, here are my predictions (didn’t see a single show, let me know where I’m off base!!)

    BEST MUSICAL
    I’m thinking they will choose 3 of the 4. Maybe they’ll even only go with 2? Who knows. I think it’s sad that the only original musical in the bunch is the most likely to be left off 🙁
    MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL

    BEST PLAY
    SLAVE PLAY (winner)
    THE INHERITANCE
    THE SOUND INSIDE
    MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON

    BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
    obviously omitted

    BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
    Thinking they could go with 3/4 here, too.
    A SOLDIER’S PLAY (winner)
    BETRAYAL
    FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE

    BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Only 4 eligible actresses. Assuming 3/4 again.
    Adrienne Warren, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL (winner)
    Karen Olivo, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Elizabeth Stanley, JAGGED LITTLE PILL

    BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    Laura Linney, MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON (winner)
    Mary Louise Parker, THE SOUND INSIDE
    Audra McDonald, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
    Joaquina Kalukango, SLAVE PLAY
    Zawe Ashton, BETRAYAL

    BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    I’m hoping they just go through with this category. Aaron Tveit wouldn’t be THAT terrible of a winner, would he?
    Aaron Tveit, MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    Chris McCarrell, PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
    Kyle Soller, THE INHERITANCE (winner)
    Tom Hiddleston, BETRAYAL
    Jake Gyllenhaal, SEA WALL/A LIFE
    Blair Underwood, A SOLDIER’S PLAY
    Michael Shannon, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Lauren Patten, JAGGED LITTLE PILL (winner)
    Dawn Lewis, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
    Kathryn Gallagher, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Robyn Hurder, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Celia Gooding, JAGGED LITTLE PILL

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    Annie McNamara, SLAVE PLAY
    Jane Alexander, GRAND HORIZONS (winner)
    Lois Smith, THE INHERITANCE
    Ashley Park, GRAND HORIZONS
    Chalia La Tour, SLAVE PLAY

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    Danny Burstein, MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    Sean Allan Krill, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Sahr Ngaujah, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Daniel J Watts, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
    Ryan Knowles, PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
    Paul Alexander Nolan, SLAVE PLAY
    James Cusati-Moyer, SLAVE PLAY
    Ato Blankson-Wood, SLAVE PLAY
    David Alan Grier, A SOLDIER’S PLAY (winner)
    James Cromwell, GRAND HORIZONS

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    Now that we know what is officially in the running, here are my predictions (didn’t see a single show, let me know where I’m off base!!)

    BEST MUSICAL
    I’m thinking they will choose 3 of the 4. Maybe they’ll even only go with 2? Who knows. I think it’s sad that the only original musical in the bunch is the most likely to be left off 🙁
    MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL

    BEST PLAY
    SLAVE PLAY (winner)
    THE INHERITANCE
    THE SOUND INSIDE
    MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON

    BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
    obviously omitted

    BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
    Thinking they could go with 3/4 here, too.
    A SOLDIER’S PLAY (winner)
    BETRAYAL
    FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE


    BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Only 4 eligible actresses. Assuming 3/4 again.
    Adrienne Warren, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL (winner)
    Karen Olivo, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Elizabeth Stanley, JAGGED LITTLE PILL


    BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    Laura Linney, MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON (winner)
    Mary Louise Parker, THE SOUND INSIDE
    Audra McDonald, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
    Joaquina Kalukango, SLAVE PLAY
    Zawe Ashton, BETRAYAL

    BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    I’m hoping they just go through with this category. Aaron Tveit wouldn’t be THAT terrible of a winner, would he?
    Aaron Tveit, MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    Chris McCarrell, PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF


    BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
    Kyle Soller, THE INHERITANCE (winner)
    Tom Hiddleston, BETRAYAL
    Jake Gyllenhaal, SEA WALL/A LIFE
    Blair Underwood, A SOLDIER’S PLAY
    Michael Shannon, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
    Lauren Patten, JAGGED LITTLE PILL (winner)
    Dawn Lewis, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
    Kathryn Gallagher, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Robyn Hurder, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Celia Gooding, JAGGED LITTLE PILL

    BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    Annie McNamara, SLAVE PLAY
    Jane Alexander, GRAND HORIZONS (winner)
    Lois Smith, THE INHERITANCE
    Ashley Park, GRAND HORIZONS
    Chalia La Tour, SLAVE PLAY

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
    Danny Burstein, MOULIN ROUGE! (winner)
    Sean Allan Krill, JAGGED LITTLE PILL
    Sahr Ngaujah, MOULIN ROUGE!
    Daniel J Watts, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
    Ryan Knowles, PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF

    BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
    Paul Alexander Nolan, SLAVE PLAY
    James Cusati-Moyer, SLAVE PLAY
    Ato Blankson-Wood, SLAVE PLAY
    David Alan Grier, A SOLDIER’S PLAY (winner)
    James Cromwell, GRAND HORIZONS

    I agree with the most of the predictions, except for a few categories.

    Best Play:
    I think The Inheritance will win, because despite some people’s complaints that it tried too hard to be the next Angels In America, it was generally praised across the board, while Slave Play was much more polarizing. Plus, The Inheritance dominated the Drama Desk Awards, and while the Drama Desks aren’t always the best indicators of the Tonys, I think it shows that it has a lot of support from the community at large.

    Best Featured Actress In A Play:
    Lois Smith won this category at the Drama Desks, so I think she’ll end up being honored here, given that The Inheritance will probably dominate the play categories overall. She’s a theater legend who’s never won before, so they may feel this is their last chance to reward her, as she’s nearly 90.

    Best Featured Actor In A Play:
    Admittedly I’m a bit torn. David Alan Grier could very well win, given that almost all Best Revival Of A Play and Musical winners almost always win at least one acting award. But I also feel that voters may want to give Slave Play some recognition in at least one big category if they’re not going to give it Best Play. So that means Ato Blankson-Wood could stand a strong shot of winning here.

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